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U.S., Mexico face tough Olympic qualifying road for Tokyo 2020

Craig Burley and Ale Moreno react to Jurgen Klinsmann's bold claim regarding the USMNT and the 2018 World Cup.
Jurgen Klinsmann says there's "much more to come" from Christian Pulisic at Chelsea and with the USMNT.

The United States and Mexico face a tough road to Tokyo as both sides, along with Costa Rica, were drawn into the same group in the 2020 CONCACAF men's Olympic qualifying tournament.

The three sides -- traditionally the strongest in the North American and Caribbean region -- will be joined by the Dominican Republic in Group A.

Group B will consist of Honduras, Canada, El Salvador and Haiti. The top two from each group move on to the knockout round, with the champion and runner-up booking tickets...

 By Tom Marshall

Mexico confirm Oribe Peralta will represent El Tri at the Rio Olympics

Oribe Peralta, 32, will be one of Mexico's three overage players at the Rio Olympics.

Club America striker Oribe Peralta will represent Mexico at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, four years after his goals helped El Tri to the gold medal in London in a historic feat for Mexican soccer.

Peralta, 32, is the second of the three permissible players over the 23-year age limit to be named, with Toluca goalkeeper Alfredo Talavera confirmed last week. The full 18-player list is due out on Thursday or Friday.

The three overage players have caused plenty of problems for the Mexican federation...

 By Tom Marshall

Morelia's Erick Aguirre dreaming of Olympic glory with Mexico

GUADALAJARA -- Type the town "La Ruana, Michoacan" into an internet search engine, click on images and the impression you get is of a place that is or has been in the midst of some kind of civil war. The town and the complicated situation it has gone through in Mexico's ongoing battle against drug cartel-related violence is also the place that Monarcas Morelia's 19-year-old starlet Erick Aguirre calls home. While other players head for the beaches of Cancun, Miami or Los Cabos when the soccer...

 By Tom Marshall

Ten Mexico Under-23s looking to make an impact in Olympic year

Chivas defender Raul Lopez continues to impress and will give <i>El Tri</i> an option down the wings in Rio.
Chivas defender Raul Lopez continues to impress and will give El Tri an option down the wings in Rio.

2016 is another highly significant year for Mexico and its improving youth national teams. For the latest generation of Under-23 players, everything builds up to the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro this August, when El Tri will defend the gold medal won at London 2012.

Already there is a group of players that have shown much promise and there is excitement over the team's chances, even if many of those that could wear Mexico's green shirt may well be quite a bit below the age barrier. With all that...

 By Nayib Moran

Torres and Lozano help Mexico secure a spot in Olympics after Canada win

Erick Torres opened the scoring for Mexico in its win over Canada.

Mexico's Under-23 national team got a smooth 2-0 win over Canada in Rio Tinto Stadium and will play Honduras for a second time in a span of a week to decide the CONCACAF Olympic qualifying champion.

Houston Dynamo's Erick "Cubo" Torres and Pachuca's Hirving "Chucky" Lozano's scored the goals that handed El Tri's fourth win in the competition.

Here are three takeaways after Mexico secured a place in next year's Summer Olympics.

1. Mexico continues to have youth national team success in CONCACAF