CONCACAF qualifying tourney set for US

CONCACAF says its men’s Olympic qualifying tournament will be

held in three U.S. cities next spring.

The eight-nation, under-23 tournament will determine the

confederation’s two representatives at the 2012 Olympic Games.

There will be two four-team groups with the top two finishers from

each group advancing to the semifinals.

Nashville, Tenn., will host games March 22, 24 and 26. Carson,

Calif., will host matches on March 23, 25 and 27. The semifinals

will be played in Kansas City, Kan., on March 31 and the final on

April 2.

Six teams are in the tournament: the U.S., Canada, Mexico, El

Salvador, Guatemala and Panama. The final round of Caribbean

qualifying between Trinidad and Tobago, Suriname, Cuba and St.

Kitts and Nevis will be played Nov. 24-28.