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CONCACAF’s Olympic soccer qualifying in Carson, Nashville, Kansas City

CONCACAF will stage the 2012 Olympic men's qualifying tournament at Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., LP Field in Nashville and Livestrong Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan., culminating with the semifinals and final at the home of MLS’s Sporting Kansas City.

The eight-nation event will take place March 22-April 2 and determine the region’s two represenatives at next year's Summer Games in London. CONCACAF announced earlier this year that the United States would host the event for the second consecutive time. On Thursday, the confederation unveiled the venues and dates.

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Six teams are set to compete: United States, Mexico, Canada, Honduras, Panama and El Salvador. The final two slots will come from the Caribbean preliminary stage late this month involving Trinidad and Tobago, Suriname, Cuba and St. Kitts & Nevis.

One four-team group, probably headed by Mexico, will play in Carson, while the other, expected to be led by the United States, will compete in Nashville. The March 31 semifinals and April 2 final is set for Kansas City. The group draw and schedule will be made in the coming weeks.

Previously, CONCACAF had announced that the women's tournament will take place indoors in Vancouver, Jan. 19-29.

Steven Goff is The Post’s soccer writer. His beats include D.C. United, MLS and the international game, as well as local college basketball.

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