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Olympic qualifying semifinals set: Canada faces Mexico

Mexico's Erick Torres celebrates scoring in injury time against Panama in the second half of their CONCACAF Olympic qualifying soccer match in Carson, California

Mexico’s Erick Torres (15) celebrates scoring in injury time against Panama in the second half of their CONCACAF Olympic qualifying soccer match in Carson, California March 27, 2012. Mexico won the match 1-0. REUTERS/Alex Gallardo (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT SOCCER OLYMPICS)

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Yes, yes it’s a bummer to even think about Olympic qualifying at this point. (You did know that tournament is still going on, right?)

Saturday’s semifinals are set following action last night at the Home Depot Center outside Los Angeles.

Saturday’s semifinal (Livestrong Sporting Park, Kansas City)

El Salvador vs. Honduras, 6 p.m. (Telemundo)

Mexico vs. Canada, 9 p.m. (Telemundo)

Monday’s championship (Livestrong Sporting Park)

Semifinal winner meet, 8 p.m. (Telemundo)

Erick Torres got the goal Tuesday for Mexico as El Tri wrapped up first place Tuesday in Group B. Honduras secured its semifinal berth with a 2-0 result over Trinidad & Tobago.

So, Canada’s last minute capitulation on Monday (allowing Cuba to sneak in a late goal) proved oh-so-costly, after all.

Rather than seeing out the match and winning over Cuba, claiming first in the group and setting up a huge-stakes match against more manageable Honduras, the road for our northern neighbors is a lot tougher. Mexico was always the menacing side that teams would cross the street to avoid in this tournament.

Remember, both semifinal winners gain passage to the London Olympic games; Monday’s final is quite irrelevant.

Full details of Tuesday’s matches and the Home Depot Center are here.