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US Olympic team wins big in scrimmage vs. Atlanta

Brek Shea with the US national team.

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The US' road to the 2012 Olympics marches on, as the Under-23 men's national team cruised to a 3-0 victory over the NASL Atlanta Silverbacks in a Sunday night scrimmage in Nashville, Tenn. The match was closed to the public.

FC Dallas winger Brek Shea notched a brace in the first half – the first an 18-yard blast across the box – while LA Galaxy midfielder Michael Stephens added a third in the second frame.

All 18 players on the squad got playing time as US U-23 head coach Caleb Porter made seven changes at halftime.

"We accomplished a lot tonight," Porter told ussoccer.com after the match. "We had a chance to apply a lot of the things we have been working on in training and saw some details that we can clean up. Everybody got minutes, and we were able to get some extra fitness for guys who needed it. We came out healthy and with the result, so overall we are very pleased."

The US open their Olympic qualifying campaign on Thursday at LP Field in Nashville against Cuba (9 pm ET, Universal Sports Network, Telemundo). Porter will announce his final 20-man roster for the tournament on Tuesday.

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