Jul
16
2008
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CONCACAF

Honduras claimed first place and the U-23 title at the 2008 CONCACAF Men’s Olympic Qualification with a 1-0 win against the USA after extra time in the final held in Nashville (USA) on 23 March. Both finalists had already qualified as CONCACAF’s two representatives at the Olympic Football Tournament Beijing 2008 by winning their respective semi-final encounters. The Honduran CONCACAF U-23 tournament victory is their second, with their first one coming in 2000. This will also be Honduras’ second appearance at the Summer Games. Meanwhile, the USA, who have progressed to 13 Men’s Olympic Football Tournaments, have only finished first in one CONCACAF pre-Olympic qualifier (in 1992). In an earlier encounter, also played in Nashville, Canada took the third-place honours after defeating Guatemala 5-3 on penalties following a goalless draw.
Prior to the final on 23 March, the All-Tournament Team was selected by the CONCACAF Technical Study Group, featuring a “Best XI” along with seven honourable mentions. The player selections were made from the eight teams that reached the final round of the 2008 CONCACAF Men’s Olympic Qualification. Kevin Hernandez of Honduras was selected as the goalkeeper in the tournament’s Best XI, while the three-man backline included Carlos Castrillo of Guatemala, Honduras’ Oscar Morales and Michael Orozco of the USA. The Best Xl’s midfield was composed of Panama’s Nelson Barahona, Jose Manuel Contreras of Guatemala and USA’s Maurice Edu and Dax McCarty, while the forwards were Freddy Adu of the USA, Cuba’s Leonel Duarte and Will Johnson of Canada. The All-Tournament Team also gave honourable mentions to seven players: goalkeeper Johnny Placide (Haiti); defenders Hendry Thomas (Honduras) and Roman Torres (Panama); midfielders Sacha Kljestan (USA) and Cesar Villaluz (Mexico) and forwards Luis Angel Landfn (Mexico) and Leonel Saint-Preux (Haiti).