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Dates and Venues Set for 2006 CONCACAF Women's Gold Cup, Draw To Be Held Oct. 9

CHICAGO (October 3, 2006) - CONCACAF has set the days for the 2006 CONCACAF Women’s Gold Cup, which will serve as qualifying for the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup. The U.S. Women's National Team’s matches will be played on Nov. 22 and 26 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.

The six-team Women’s Gold Cup will run from November 19-26 and feature first-round matches between Jamaica, Mexico, Panama and Trinidad & Tobago on Sunday, November 19, at Tropical Park Stadium in Miami, Fla.

The winners of those matches will advance to the all-important Women’s Gold Cup semifinals on Wednesday, Nov. 22, at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., taking on either Canada or the USA, who were given byes to the semifinals of the tournament. The winners of those semifinal matches will advance to China and the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

The tournament championship and third-place match will take place on Sunday, Nov. 26, at The HDC with the winner of the consolation game earning a spot in a two-game, home-and-away playoff against Asian third-place finisher Japan for the final berth to WWC ’07.

The USA will not know its possible semifinal opponent until Monday, Oct. 9, when CONCACAF determines the tournament’s match-ups through a draw at the offices of the CONCACAF General Secretariat in New York City. Ticket prices and an on-sale date will be announced shortly.

The USA has won both previous Women’s Gold Cups one in 2000 and then again in 2002 when the tournament determined CONCACAF’s representatives at the 2003 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

The U.S. Women's National Team will play its final home preparation match for qualifying on Sunday, Oct. 8 at the University of Richmond Stadium in Richmond, Va.  ESPN2 will broadcast the match live at 1:55 p.m. ET and tickets are still available online or if purchased with cash on the day of game.