Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Offense Clicks in Opener, but Defense Is a Concern

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Offense Clicks in Opener, but Defense Is a Concern

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Americans showed they can attack and score in coach Caleb Porter's aggressive offense.

Now it's time for the U.S. U-23 men's national team to tighten up a few things and play more keepaway.

The Americans opened the CONCACAF Olympic qualifying tournament with a 6-0 victory Thursday night against Cuba, and they will play Canada tonight in the second of three games in Nashville, Tenn.

The top two teams in Group A will advance to Kansas City, Kan., for the semifinals March 31, and the top two teams there will qualify for London.

"We've got some dangerous guys in the attack," Porter said. "We've just got to make sure we continue to keep things tight defensively. That was for me probably the most disappointing."

El Salvador will play Cuba in the first of today's doubleheader in this group of qualifying for North and Central America and the Carribean.

Canada played El Salvador to a 0-0 tie Thursday night, and the Americans might not be able to put on the show they did against Cuba. …

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