By Brandon Penny | Oct. 07, 2015, 12:38 a.m. (ET)
Jerome Kiesewetter and Boyd Okwuonu celebrate Kiesewetter's goal during the beginning of the second half of the 2015 CONCACAF Men's Olympic Qualifying Championship at Dick's Sporting Goods Park on Oct. 6, 2015 in Commerce City, Colo.


The U.S. Under-23 Men’s Soccer Team went undefeated in group play at the 2015 CONCACAF Men’s Olympic Qualifying Championship and is one win away from qualifying for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. With a 4-0 win against Panama Tuesday night in Commerce City, Colorado, the U.S. men emerged as the top seed from Group A heading into the semifinals.

In the three group-play matches, the U.S. men scored 13 goals, allowing just two against them. Team USA kicked off the tournament with a 3-1 win over Canada on Thursday, followed by a 6-1 rout of Cuba on Saturday.

The USA-Panama game was off to a slow start, scoreless after the first half, but an own goal by Panama defender Fidel Escobar in the 50th minute kicked off Team USA’s four-goal streak.

Within the next six minutes, both Jerome Kiesewetter and Jordan Morris scored to continue their dominance for the U.S. U-23s. Kiesewetter and Morris lead all goal scorers in the tournament with three goals apiece. Both entered Tuesday’s game in the 46th minute.

The final goal came in the form of a penalty kick by Luis Gil in the 71st minute. Gil also scored a penalty goal against Canada.

Next up, Team USA will play the loser of Wednesday’s Mexico-Honduras Group B match in the semifinal at 3 p.m. ET on Saturday, Oct. 10 in Sandy, Utah, with a spot in the 2016 Olympics on the line. The winners of both semifinals qualify for Rio, while the tournament’s third-place finisher will vie for one remaining spot in a playoff with Colombia in March 2016.

Should the U.S. men qualify for Rio, it would mark their first Olympic appearance since 2008 and third since 2000.