Soccer Watch

Alexi Lalas insists the sky isn't falling, and more

Soccer Watch

The sky is not falling, insists former U.S. national team defender Alexi Lalas. Nonetheless, the U.S. men will not have a soccer team in this summer's Olympics after the U.S. Under-23 squad failed even to advance out of group play in the qualifying tournament this week in Columbus; a 2-0 loss to Canada, and a 3-3 draw with El Salvador sealed the U.S. fate. Coming after two straight failures to qualify for the U-20 World Cup, it may portend a shake-up at U.S. Soccer.

Chelsea, Bayern, and Real Madrid each won on the road to take control of their quarterfinal Champions League matchups, while Barcelona was held to a scoreless draw at AC Milan. Return legs are Tuesday-Wednesday, April 3-4, 1:45pm on Fox networks.

Also, see the listings at right for the Copa Justicia Laboral! tournament this weekend and Robert Andrew Powell's April 4 booksigning... And don't forget the final Austin Aztex tryout coming up Satur­day, April 7 – visit to register.

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