What to watch for in Olympic qualifying 

March, 20, 2012
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For the eight CONCACAF teams ready to begin the scrap for a place in the London Olympics, the time for preparation has run out. By all rights, Luis Tena's Mexican squad should be ready by now. El Tri's U-23s have been together in various forms since before last summer's Copa America, and played plenty of times.

But the road to London doesn't look quite as smooth as it once did for the Pan-American Games champs. With just a couple days left until Friday's qualifying opener against Trinidad and Tobago, there are still more questions than time for answers. Let's take a look at a few of the most important ones.

Does this team have a capable target man?

On the eve of the tournament, Mexico has yet to find its definitive, goal-scoring target man. A crutch-like dependence on average forward Oribe Peralta, part of the group for too much of the run-up to Olympic qualifiers, was never fully addressed during more than a year of preparation for this moment.

Brent Latham is a soccer commentator who covers the youth national teams for ESPN.com. Based in Guatemala, he has attended youth World Cups from Peru to Egypt, and places in between.
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