When and Where: The Concacaf Men's Olympic Qualifying tournament semifinal match between Mexico and Canada gets under way from LiveStrong Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan., on Saturday at 9 p.m. EDT. A live stream is available, with a free registration at ConcacafTV.
Preview: Unlike its great rival, the United States, Mexico fulfilled all expectations in reaching the semifinals of the Concacaf Olympic Qualifying tournament with something to spare.
El Tri won all three of its group matches in dominating fashion, with a record of 11 goals scored and just one conceded -- in a 7-1 romp over Trinidad and Tobago.
Yet, despite the club's billing as overwhelming favorite as it takes on Canada Saturday, with a place in the London Olympics on the line, Mexico under-23 coach Luis Fernando Tena is taking nothing for granted.
We can't be confident, he said, according to Concacaf.com. We have to be alert. Canada beat the U.S. for a reason.
Mexico have been led by the scoring exploits of forwards Alan Pulido and Marco Fabian, who have struck seven goals between them, including hat tricks for both men.
Their free-scoring attack will be put to the test against a Canadian side that has made it this far based on its strong defensive record.
Undefeated in the group phase, the under-23s of Canada conceded just a solitary goal in three matches, against Cuba. They also caused the shock of the tournament so far by topping the highly fancied U.S. side in a 2-0 win.
But Canadian U23 coach Tony Fonseca is well aware of the challenge that awaits his young players at LiveStrong Sporting Park.
We know exactly what we're going to face, he said, according to Concacaf.com. It's a powerhouse. It's a team with a lot of quality, a lot of good things going for them.
This does not mean Canada is without confidence, though. Forward Evan James, who scored in the 1-1 draw with Cuba last time out, believes his team can cause an upset and lead the nation to its first Olympics soccer appearance since 1984.
If everybody on the team works hard for each other for 90 minutes, I think we can accomplish anything, James said, according to Fox News. I think it's going to come down to us outworking the other team and believing in ourselves.
Prediction: Although the club's members are saying the right things, Mexico must be delighted at having avoided a grudge match against the United States as it looks to return to the Olympics after missing out in Beijing four years ago.
Canada's disciplined defense should prevent the game from being a blowout, but Mexico has too much quality to go the way of the United States.
Mexico 2-0 Canada