NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Joe Corona has no mixed emotions and only one thought as the Californian prepares to play El Salvador, his mother's home country.
The midfielder doesn't want to get emotional with the game and is thinking only of trying to get three points on Monday night.
The United States needs more than a good game from the Under-23 team Monday night. The Americans must win against El Salvador or miss on qualifying for the Olympics for only the second time since 1976 and first time since 2004.
Canada and El Salvador are tied atop Group A with four points, and Canada plays Cuba, which has given up 10 goals in two games. The top two teams advance to Saturday's semifinals in Kansas City, Kan., where the winners qualify for London.