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U.S. Women to Face Costa Rica Wednesday for a Berth at 2003 Women's World Cup

CHICAGO (Monday, November 4, 2002) - The U.S. Women's National Team will face Costa Rica on Wednesday, Nov. 6, in the CONCACAF Women's Gold Cup semifinals for a berth in the 2003 Women's World Cup in China, being held September 24-October 11, 2002 in five Chinese cities.

The U.S. won Group 1 in the Women's Gold Cup with wins over Mexico (3-0), T&T (3-0) and Panama (9-0) and will face Costa Rica, the second place finisher in Group 2 (behind Canada), on Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Safeco Field in Seattle, Wash.  Canada will face Mexico in the other semifinal at 9:30 p.m. at Safeco.

The two semifinal winners will earn this region's two automatic berths to China '03, and will face each other for the CONCACAF title on Nov. 9 at the Rose Bowl, while the semifinal losers will play each other in the third place match that same day.  The winner of the third place match will earn the right to play the third place finisher from the Asian Football Confederation in a two-game home-and-home series for a spot in China.  Star strikers Tiffeny Milbrett and Mia Hamm both left matches during the tournament with injuries that turned out to be minor. Both should be ready to go vs. Costa Rica.

CONCACAF Women's Gold Cup Standings
- Group 1 -

United States3300915/0+15
Trinidad & Tobago303002/9-7

Oct. 27
Panama 4, Trinidad & Tobago 2
United States 3, Mexico 0

Oct. 29
United States 3 vs. Trinidad & Tobago 0
Mexico 5, Panama 1

Nov. 2
Mexico 2, Trinidad & Tobago 0
United States 9, Panama 0


CONCACAF Women's Gold Cup Standings
- Group 2 -

Costa Rica321067/3+4

Oct. 30
Costa Rica 2, Jamaica 0
Canada 11, Haiti 1

Nov. 1
Costa Rica 5, Haiti 0
Canada 9, Jamaica 0

Nov. 3
Canada 3, Costa Rica 0
Haiti 2, Jamaica 1


Nov. 6 - Safeco Field (Seattle, Wash.)
United States vs. Costa Rica
Canada vs. Mexico


Nov. 9 - The Rose Bowl (Pasadena, Calif.)
Third-Place Match
Championship Game