US coach Jason Kreis has admitted his squad is “devastated” for not going to the Olympics after losing 2-1 to Honduras in CONCACAF qualifying in Guadalajara, Mexico on Sunday.
Los Catrachos The gate to Tokyo came through goals from Juan Carlos Obregon and Luis Palma to ensure the US men miss out on a third straight Olympic tournament.
“Obviously we are devastated, absolutely devastated,” said Kreis after the game. “In our locker room, the boys are like a tragedy – a tragedy.
“We’re losing the chance to play in an international tournament with more pressure, where these players have to be in these environments and keep improving with that pressure.”
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“I don’t know if I’ve ever seen a game where the players controlled the ball so badly, getting under people’s feet and going out of bounds.
“These are things that are real – you are just really scratching your head, thinking about what’s going on? But I’ve been enough professional in our country to tell you that you do you’re see in the preseason and at the beginning of the MLS season it is typical. “
Kreis says he saw something similar from his team in the group stage.
“I think the first half looked a lot like the Dominican Republic’s first half,” said Kreis. “We have players who don’t move. We have people who don’t force defenders to make decisions, open spaces. We have people who look like they just don’t really want the ball, and that’s how it goes for me just back to a mostly mentality. “
Mexico and Canada will play in the second semi-finals on Sunday to determine the other team, who will represent North, Central America and the Caribbean from July 23rd to August 23rd. 8 Tokyo Olympics.
With both semi-final winners qualifying for the Olympics, the final qualifying game is essentially an exhibition game.
Information from Reuters and the Associated Press was used in this report.