U.S. Men’s Soccer Fails to Qualify for 2012 Olympics

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Michael Garcia - March 28, 2012

Well this just sucks. The U.S. Men's soccer team won't be playing in this summer's London Olympics after a 3-3 tie with El Salvador left them on the outside looking in. With mere seconds to play, goalkeeper Sean Johnson let one get by him, abruptly ending any dreams of winning gold at the Summer Games.

The American U23 team had the match within their grasp, but failed to hold on during stoppage time. This marks only the second time the U.S. men's team has missed the Games since 1976, and it was a bitter pill according to captain Freddy Adu.

This is probably the worst feeling I've ever felt in my life so far as a pro athlete, this is going to be hard to get over. - U.S. Captain Freddy Adu

The U.S. played without veteran stars like Landon Donovan and Clint Dempsey, because of qualifying rules that allow for only three roster spots to be filled by players over 23.

It's a devastating loss for the U.S. and puts the future of American soccer under big scrutiny.

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