The San Jose Earthquakes’ American duo of Jackson Yueill and JT Marcinkowski officially made the cut for the U.S. U-23 Men’s National Team, as both were confirmed on the roster this week for the upcoming Concacaf Olympic qualifying tournament in Guadalajara, Mexico.
Both players had been taking part in a training camp with a larger U-23 squad under coach Jason Kreis, and while Yueill seemed like a sure thing, Marcinkowski also survived the cut and now has a good shot of actually playing in the tournament, too.
The U.S. will open Olympic qualifying Thursday against Costa Rica, then will play the Dominican Republic on Mar. 21 and Mexico on Mar. 24. The U.S. needs to both finish in the top two in group play and win their first knockout game in order to clinch a berth for the Tokyo Olympics, which are scheduled for later this year.
Provided there are no delays in the qualifying tournament, it will be totally wrapped up before the Earthquakes’ season starts, so Yueill and Marcinkowski should be in good shape when they get into San Jose’s camp. Congrats to Jackson and JT, stay healthy and best of luck in the tournament.
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