Atlanta United vice president Carlos Bocanegra said last week that the team, along with the other organizations involved, were trying to figure out if players could return and be available in time for the game, but that the probabilities weren’t good. Atlanta United last week started its training camp under new manager Gabriel Heinze. Robinson, a centerback, and Bello, a fullback, are considered to be starters. Lennon is competing to start at right fullback with Ronald Hernandez.
The first game for the U.S. will be March 18 vs. Costa Rica in Guadalajara, Mexico. The second game is March 21 and the third game is March 24. The semifinals are March 28 and the championship is March 30.
Should the U.S. advance to the Summer Games, the three players would be allowed to compete if selected. However, Kreis said not having the players in the current training camp does create some doubt about being selected for the Olympics. He said there are a lot of factors involved, including going with the best team and the players that have already trained together. He said if the players were in camp there is “no doubt” they would be on the Olympic team.
The U.S. hasn’t qualifying for the Olympics since 2008.