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El Salvador's Late Goal Ends US Olympic Hopes

Nashville, Tennessee , Mar 27: Jaime Alas scored in stoppage time as El Salvador ousted the United States from Olympic qualifying Monday with a 3-3 draw.The Americans had to win to reach Saturday's semifinals in

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Updated on: March 27, 2012 8:57 IST
el salvador s late goal ends us olympic hopes
el salvador s late goal ends us olympic hopes

Nashville, Tennessee , Mar 27: Jaime Alas scored in stoppage time as El Salvador ousted the United States from Olympic qualifying Monday with a 3-3 draw.


The Americans had to win to reach Saturday's semifinals in Kansas City, Kan., and they led 3-2 on Joe Corona's goal in the 68th minute.

But Alas scored his goal off the hands off keeper Sean Johnson to stun the Americans, who missed the Olympics for the second time since 1976.

El Salvador reached the semifinals, putting it a win away from its first Olympic berth since 1968. Canada, which drew Cuba 1-1 earlier, finished second.

Lester Blanco and Andres Flores also scored for El Salvador.

Terrence Boyd scored twice for the U.S., and Johnson replaced keeper Bill Hamid in the 39th minute.