It may come as scant consolation, but San Jose Earthquakes midfielder Jackson Yueill did have a good Concacaf Olympic Qualifying Tournament for the United States U-23 squad, and he’s been recognized for his play.
Concacaf named Yueill, the U.S. captain in the tournament, to its Best XI from the competition.
Your #CMOQ Best XI! pic.twitter.com/FoOfGrXdv0— Concacaf (@Concacaf) March 31, 2021
Yueill is one of two Americans on the list, alongside Justen Glad, and one of three current MLSers, including Canadian and Vancouver Whitecaps defender Derek Cornelius.
Of course, that is a bittersweet honor, in all likelihood, considering the United States’ men lost their must-win semifinal against Honduras and therefore will not feature in the Tokyo Olympics. This came even with Yueill scoring to give the U.S. hope of a rally in the game, but that rally ultimately came up short.
Yueill had two goals in the tournament, which is pretty impressive considering he’s not been a prolific scorer in MLS level to date in his career. Hopefully the Olympic qualifying disappointment won’t lead to a long hangover for the midfielder, who is still expected to do big things with the Earthquakes in 2021. On to the next one.
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