By Paul D. Bowker | March 25, 2016, 12:01 a.m. (ET)
Jordan Morris celebrates after scoring a goal at the 2015 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying match against Canada at Sporting Park on Oct. 1, 2015 in Kansas City, Kan.


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Beginning Friday in Barranquilla, Colombia, the U.S. Under-23 Men’s National Team will try to secure the final men’s soccer berth in the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic Games.

The United States and Colombia are meeting in a two-game playoff with an Olympic berth at stake. The second game will be played Tuesday at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas. The Olympic berth will be based on aggregate goals. Visiting team goals are the first tiebreaker, which makes Friday’s game even that more crucial for the United States.

The U.S. men are attempting to get back to the Olympic Games for the first time since 2008.

Leading the team are Seattle Sounders FC forward Jordan Morris, Bayern Munich midfielder Julian Green and Stuttgart midfielder Jerome Kiesewetter, winner of the Golden Boot award in the 2015 CONCACAF Men’s Olympic Qualifying Championship. The roster includes 11 players who are on Major League Soccer teams, and eight who played professionally in England and Germany.

“Most of these guys have played in these types of games before. We’ll be well prepared,” said U.S. defender Matt Miazga, who plays for Chelsea in the English Premier League. “Coach Andi (Herzog) does a great job with the squad, instilling confidence in us and having a game plan, so we’ll be ready and we’re looking forward to the challenge.”

Fifteen of the 16 spots in the Olympic field have already been filled.

TV: 5 p.m. ET Friday, Fox Sports 1

Paul D. Bowker is a freelance contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.