Author Eric GomezMexico
After the Americans failed to qualify for the Olympics on Sunday, former Mexico assistant coach Mario Carrillo said he felt the U.S. made a mistake by not including a core of promising U23 players, including Christian Pulisic, Tyler Adams, Weston McKenney and Sergino Desta.
These players, who are all under contract to European clubs, could not play in Guadalajara because their clubs were not obliged to release them for the Olympic qualifiers. Instead, they were selected by American football to play in friendly games for seniors.
But Carrillo said the U.S. will lose an important step in the development of the player and the national team.
I think they were very arrogant, Carrillo said on Sunday’s edition of Futbol Picante on ESPN Deportes. You should never miss the Olympics. The level of play in a tournament like this is very important [as preparation] for the World Cup.
The United States lost 2-1 to Honduras on Sunday in the semifinals of CONCACAF Olympic qualifying, missing out on the Olympics for the third year in a row.
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After opening the tournament with consecutive wins over Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic, the Americans lost to Mexico and then Honduras in the Group A final.
Mexico and Honduras will both qualify in Tokyo and advance to the championship on Tuesday.
Team USA’s Olympic loss is part of a trend in which the senior national team missed the 2018 World Cup.
Since the 1996 Atlanta Games, the Americans have returned to the Olympics only twice, most recently in 2008.
Carrillo worked as an assistant coach to Manuel Lapuente during the 1998 World Cup and then to Javier Aguirre during the 2010 finals in South Africa.
In Liga MX, Carrillo led Club America to the 2005 Clausura title and the Mexican Campeon de Campeones trophy.
The former Cruz Azul and Pumas coach stressed the importance of the players’ development process that led to El Tri’s gold medal at the London Games.
Some of the current starters on the Mexican team are the same ones who won at the 2012 Olympics, Carrillo said.
Of the players who beat Neymar and Brazil in the final in London, only Raul Jimenez (Wolverhampton Wanderers) and Hector Herrera (Atletico Madrid) are key players for Mexico coach Gerardo Martino ahead of next year’s World Cup.
Nevertheless, Carrillo reiterated the importance of the US participating in high-level international competitions at all age levels, especially when the US withdraws from CONCACAF for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
The United States should have qualified for the Olympics, Carrillo said. We should have appointed a good coach, because these games would have been very important for the World Cup.
At the Guadalajara tournament, the U.S. and Mexican teams represented two countries that ultimately have the right to represent the other. Mexican Santiago Munoz was born in El Paso, Texas, while Americans David Ochoa, Julian Araujo, Sebastian Saucedo and Sebastian Soto can play for El Tri thanks to their father.
Players like Efrain Alvarez, who is currently training with the Mexican national senior team, can still request a one-time transfer to the US or Mexico according to FIFA regulations.
After the qualifying games and the Olympic Games were postponed for a year due to the pandemic, FIFA maintained the requirement that players must play on or after 1 January. must have been born on 1 January 1997. Men’s Olympic football has been an U23 tournament since 1992.
American football is represented in Tokyo by the women’s world champion. They are the favorites to win a fifth gold medal. American men have competed in the Olympics four times, but have never won a medal.
We’re losing the opportunity to play in an international tournament where these players have to play in these conditions and continue to improve under this pressure, U.S. coach Jason Kreis said.
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