Hoping to see Sporting Kansas City forward Teal Bunbury play for the United States next week at Livestrong Sporting Park?
Better hope the U.S. under-23 national team turns things around in a hurry.
On Saturday, the U.S. lost to Canada 2-0 in Nashville, Tenn., dropping the Americans, 1-1-0, to third in their Olympic qualifying group behind Canada and El Salvador. Those nations are 1-0-1. The top two teams in each group for the semifinal games that will be played April 1 at Livestrong.
The U.S. must beat El Salvador on Monday to advance.
“This isn't the end of the world,” U.S. coach Caleb Porter said after the game. “This is not the way we wanted it to play out. But everything is still in our hands. We beat El Salvador, and then we're through.”
If the U.S. does beat El Salvador, it may face Mexico in the semifinals. Mexico eliminated the U.S. in 2004, the last time the Americans failed to qualify for the Olympics.
The U.S. played without Juan Agudelo. Before Saturday’s game, U.S. Soccer announced before that Agudelo tore cartilage in his left knee in Thursday's 6-0 win over Cuba.
“I feel bad for the guy," captain Freddy Adu said after the game. "You know, as a team, you need a guy like Juan. He’s a big part of our team, and it’s difficult for all of us. We still have to move on. We have guys that can step in and get the job done. Whether it be Teal or Terrence (Boyd), they can get the job done for us, and they’ve done it in the past.”
Bunbury started Saturday night’s game. He was replaced by Terrence Boyd in the 56th minute.
Whether Bunbury’s next game at Livestrong is with the U.S. team or Sporting Kansas City will depend on how things go against El Salvador on Monday.
“Obviously, we're not happy about today, but nothing we can do but go win the next game to get through to the semis,” midfielder Brek Shea said.