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U.S. Women's World Cup Qualifying Group Finalized


CHICAGO (Tuesday, August 20, 2002) — The U.S. Women’s National Team’s road to the 2003 Women’s World Cup in China took shape last week when Trinidad & Tobago became the final team to qualify for the USA’s four-team group at the upcoming 2002 CONCACAF Women’s Gold Cup. The tournament, which is serving as both the women’s championship of this region and as the qualifying tournament for the 2003 Women’s World Cup, is being played from Oct. 27 to Nov. 9 in the Los Angeles area, Seattle and Victoria, B.C.

The two finalists at the 2002 Women’s Gold Cup will automatically qualify for the 2003 Women’s World Cup, while the winner of the tournament’s third-place game will qualify for a Women’s World Cup qualifying playoff against the third place team from Asia.

The eight-team tournament, which features two groups of four teams each, will see the U.S. face Trinidad & Tobago, Mexico and Panama.  The U.S. will open the tournament on Sunday, Oct. 27 against Mexico at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, before taking on Trinidad & Tobago on Tuesday, Oct. 29 at Titan Stadium in Fullerton, Calif.  The USA’s third group match will be played on Saturday, Nov. 2 at Safeco Field in Seattle against Panama.

Should the U.S. qualify for the semifinals, the team will stay in Seattle, as both semifinals will be played as a doubleheader at Safeco Field on Wednesday, Nov. 6.  Those semifinal matches will decide the two automatic CONCACAF berths at the 2003 Women’s World Cup, which is being played in China from Sept. 24 to Oct. 11, 2003. The tournament’s championship and third-place games will be played on Saturday, Nov. 9 in Pasadena, Calif., at the world famous Rose Bowl, which has previously hosted the 1984 Olympic Soccer Final, the 1994 World Cup Final and the 1999 Women’s World Cup Final.  All of the tournament matches are being played as doubleheaders and will be televised live on Fox Sports World and Fox Sports World Espanol.

Trinidad & Tobago became the first Caribbean nation to qualify for the 2002 Women's Gold Cup by virtue of a 2-1 win against Suriname on the road in Paramaribo on Thursday (Aug. 15), after posting a 3-1 win in their first leg victory at ome.

Tickets for all the U.S. matches at the 2002 Women’s Gold Cup are on sale now.

GROUP SCHEDULE
 
Group A
GP
W
L
T
GF
GA
+/-
Pts.
United States
0
0
0
0
0
0
-
0
Mexico
0
0
0
0
0
0
-
0
Trinidad & Tobago
0
0
0
0
0
0
-
0
Panama
0
0
0
0
0
0
-
0

Date
Teams
Venue
Kickoff (local)
Oct. 27
Panama vs. Trinidad & Tobago
The Rose Bowl (Pasadena, Calif.)
1:00 p.m. PT
Oct. 27
United States vs. Mexico
The Rose Bowl (Pasadena, Calif.)
3:00 p.m. PT
Oct. 29

United States vs. Trinidad & Tobago

Titan Stadium (Fullerton, Calif.)
7:00 p.m. PT
Oct. 29

Mexico vs. Panama

Titan Stadium (Fullerton, Calif.)
9:00 p.m. PT
Nov. 2

Mexico vs. Trinidad & Tobago

Safeco Field (Seattle, Wash.)
5:00 p.m. PT
Nov. 2

United States vs. Panama

Safeco Field (Seattle, Wash.)
7:30 p.m. PT
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