Soccer Notes

The U.S. Men’s U23 team faces Costa Rica (3/20 8 p.m.), Dominican Republic (3/23 8 p.m.) and Mexico (3/27 12 a.m.) in the A bracket of CONCACAF qualifying for two berths in Olympic soccer. The B bracket has Honduras, Canada, El Salvador, Haiti. Brack­et winners advance to the Olympics.

After round robin play (3 games), the first and second place teams in each bracket advance to the semis March 30, 1B v 2A at 7 p.m. and 1A v 2B at 10. Finals are April 1 at  10:30. Games are played at two stadiums in Gua­da­lajara, Mexico, and will be broadcast by Fox Sports (details TBA). The U.S. hasn’t made the Olympics since 2008.

Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, is scheduled to host a friendly between Mexico and Czech Republic March 26  at 8:30 p.m. as part of a three-city Mexican National Team Tour. Tickets range from $30 to $250 at Tick­etmaster.

The U.S. women already qualified for the Olympics which has a 20-player roster limit, compared to 23 for Women’s World Cup. Prac­tices might get testy.

J.B.