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WNT Qualifying Quest Begins


Kansas City, Chicago, Washington, D.C. and (Hopefully) Philadelphia Lined Up as Stops in the Fall

The U.S. Women’s National Team will barnstorm the Midwest and East Coast during the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship that will be held from Oct. 15-26 in four host cities: Chicago, Kansas City, Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia.

At stake: three automatic berths to the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada. After a successful second season of the National Women’s Soccer League, many of the U.S. players will get the chance to play in front of the same fans that cheered them on for the clubs as all the group matches will be played in NWSL cities. With a tremendous 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil setting a new standard for support of the U.S. National Team, the focus now turns to the U.S. Women as they begin their quest to qualify for a seventh consecutive Women’s World Cup.
The schedule for qualifying, which will take all eight teams in the tournament through each of the three host cities (Kansas City., Chicago and Washington, D.C.) during group play, will give fans the chance to see not only the U.S. team, but several growing soccer nations in our region as their players fight for a tremendous prize: the chance to represent their country on the world’s biggest stage.

As host of the Women’s World Cup, Canada has already secured its berth, so the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship will feature the USA, Mexico, Central American qualifiers Costa Rica and Guatemala and the four semifinalists in the final round of the CFU Women’s Caribbean Cup, which will take place Aug. 19-26 in Trinidad & Tobago.

PPL Park in Philadelphia will host the semifinal matches on Oct. 24, along with the third-place match and championship games on Oct. 26. The two finalists and the winner of the third-place match will qualify directly for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada. The fourth-place team will enter a playoff with a South American country for a final berth.
Remember: The USA did not win this tournament the last time around, getting upset in the semifinal by Mexico in Cancun and the Americans had to win a two-game playoff against Italy to qualify for the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Suffice it to say, the U.S. players will be motivated to avoid any of those shenanigans this time around.

The final tournament schedule and kickoff times will be set at the Final Draw on Sept. 5 in Miami and ticket information will be made available to fans as soon as it is available. The U.S. players are looking forward to playing in front of the home fans once again, and this much we know: it will be loud, it will be colorful, it will be passionate and it will be entertaining. Let the qualifying games begin!

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