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U.S. fails to qualify for Olympic Games in men's soccer after loss to Honduras

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The United States men’s soccer team will have to wait another three years to attempt to qualify for its first Summer Olympics since 2008.

The U.S. was defeated by Honduras, 2-1, in Sunday’s Concacaf men’s Olympic qualifying semifinal at Estadio Jalisco in Guadalajara, Mexico.

It is the second straight qualifying tournament in which the U.S. was knocked out of the Olympics by Honduras in the semifinals, and it will be the third straight Olympic men’s soccer competition that will not include the U.S. The Olympic qualifying failure also means the USMNT has not played in a major tournament since the 2014 World Cup.

Honduras will play Mexico in the final of the U-23 Olympic qualifying tournament on Tuesday (9 p.m. ET, FS1). Mexico and Honduras both reached the 2016 Olympics, with Honduras advancing to the semifinals.

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United States players react after Honduras' Juan Carlos Obregon scored the opening goal during a Concacaf men's Olympic qualifying semifinal.

Juan Carlos Obregon opened the scoring four minutes into stoppage time in the first half. Honduras’ second goal came early in the second half when U.S. goalkeeper David Ochoa’s attempt to clear the ball ricocheted off Honduras’ Luis Palma and into the goal. Five minutes later, Jackson Yueill connected on a strike from outside the box to give the United States hope for a comeback. However, that comeback was not to be as Honduras held on for the win.

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