Originally posted on Fox Soccer  |  Last updated 3/23/12
As far as tournament openers go, the US Under-23 national team's first Olympic Qualifier went about as well as anyone could have hoped for. Anyone who wasn't rooting for Cuba that is. The highly-regarded US team figured to dominate Cuba on Thursday night. Fortunately for the Yanks, an early red card turned that likelihood into a certainty, as the high-powered US offense tore apart the Caribbean squad on their way to a 6-0 victory that felt more like a training exercise than Olympic qualifier. Midfielders Joe Corona and Mix Diskerud provided clear evidence why US head coach Caleb Porter has appointed them as starters in the midfield triangle of his 4-3-3 formation. Corona, a former Mexican youth national team player who has settled in nicely playing for his native USA, scored a hat trick and made it look easy. The Norwegian-born Diskerud, played provider on two of the goals on a night when his feathery touch and graceful passing only served to raise the expectations for his senior...
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