Canadian U-23 national-team players Samuel Piette and Michael Petrasso both admitted that they’re nervous heading into Saturday’s CONCACAF Olympic qualifying semifinal match against the powerhouse Mexicans.
“I think the team is very excited, also nervous,” said Petrasso.
But, who wouldn’t be?
“If you’re not nervous, I don’t think that’s normal,” said Piette Thursday in a conference call with Canadian journalists.
“For sure, we’re nervous. We’re one match away from qualifying for the Olympics.”
The teams will meet Saturday in Sandy, Utah. The winner, of course, goes to the final; but, more importantly, gets a berth in the Rio Olympic soccer tourney. For the loser, all is not lost; the teams that drop the two semifinals will play in the third-place game. The third-place finisher will face Colombia in a playoff for a spot at the Olympics.
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