Four years ago during the 2010 CONCACAF Women’s World Cup qualifying tournament in Cancun, Mexico, the U.S. Women’s National Team fell in the semifinal to Mexico by 2-1 score in what is considered one of the biggest upsets in team history. This time around, the American team is focused on not letting history repeat itself.
2014 CONCACAF Women's Championship
CHICAGO (Sept. 5, 2014) – The U.S. Women’s National Team has been drawn into Group A for the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship where it will face Trinidad & Tobago, Guatemala and Haiti in first-round play. The groups and matchups were set during the Final Draw for the tournament that was held this morning in Miami. Group B features Costa Rica, Mexico, Jamaica and Martinique.
The USA opens its competition on Oct. 15 in Kansas City against Trinidad & Tobago (7:30 p.m. CT), then moves with Group A to Chicago where it will face Guatemala on Oct. 17 (8 p.m. CT) and finishes the first round in Washington, D.C., against Haiti on Oct. 20 (7:30 p.m. ET).
“An opponent at this point is an opponent standing between us and the World Cup,” U.S. head coach Jill Ellis said. “We will prepare for every team with the same respect, resolve and planning while making sure our focus is on our performance. We will approach every game with the intent of maximizing our points and getting to the semifinal.”
The tournament, which will take place from Oct. 15-26, features eight countries divided into two groups of four with each group’s top two finishers after round-robin play advancing to the semifinals. The winners of the semifinal matches and the third-place match will qualify directly to the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada. The fourth-place finisher will earn a spot in a two-game playoff against the third-place team from South America for a final berth to Canada.
Martinique cannot qualify for the semifinal stage as it is not recognized as a FIFA country. Therefore, if Martinique finishes in one of the top two spots in its group, the third-place team would advance to the semifinals.
All the countries, including the U.S. Women’s National Team, will play one match in each of the three first-round venues. Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kansas (Oct. 15-16), Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Illinois (Oct. 17-18), and RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. (Oct. 20-21), will each host two doubleheaders, one each for Groups A and B on succeeding days. PPL Park in Chester, Pennsylvania, will host the semifinal matches on Oct. 24, along with the third-place match and championship games on Oct. 26.
All matches will be televised live across FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports 2 or FOX Soccer Plus and will also be available on multi-platform devices via FOX Sports GO, FOX Soccer 2GO and FOXSportsGO.com.
CHICAGO (July 24, 2014) – The 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship, which will qualify three teams for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup, will be played in four host cities in the United States: Chicago, Kansas City, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C.
The tournament, which will take place from Oct. 15-26, features eight countries divided into two groups of four with the top two finishers in each group after round-robin play moving on to the semifinals. All the countries, including the U.S. Women’s National Team, will play one match in each of the three first-round venues. Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kansas, Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Illinois, and RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C., will each host two doubleheaders, one each for Groups A and B.
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.
“We are honored to serve as the local organizing committee for this tournament as we continue to support and grow women’s soccer in this region on a large scale,” said U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati. “The second season of the NWSL has been exciting to follow, and this tournament provides fans with another opportunity to see some of the best women’s soccer players in the world compete on the international level. With the tremendous success and popularity of the men’s World Cup here in the United States this summer, we are looking forward to carrying that momentum right through to the Women’s World Cup in Canada and beyond.”
The group stage matches for the tournament will all be played in cities with NWSL clubs, meaning several of the U.S. WNT players will get the chance to play in front of their hometown fans. The tournament begins at Sporting Park on Oct. 15 with the first two matches of Group A followed by the first two matches of Group B on Oct. 16. All eight teams will then move to Toyota Park where the Group A doubleheader matches will take place on Oct. 17 and Group B matches on Oct. 18. The teams will finish first round play at RFK Stadium with the Group A doubleheader games taking place on Oct. 20 and Group B on Oct. 21.
The final four teams will then move on to PPL Park for the last four games. The top two finishers in each group will cross over for the semifinal matches as the Group A winner will play the Group B runner-up and vice versa.
“We look forward to an exciting World Cup qualifying round played in the United States at some of the best stadiums in the world in front of passionate football fans," said CONCACAF President Jeffrey Webb.
All matches will be televised live across FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports 2 or FOX Soccer Plus, and will also be available on multi-platform devices via FOX Sports GO, FOX Soccer 2GO and FOXSportsGO.com.
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, Costa Rica (the Group II winner in the Central American qualifying tournament), Guatemala (the Group I winner in the Central American qualifying tournament) 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.
The final tournament schedule and kickoff times will be set at the Final Draw on Sept. 5 in Miami. Ticket information will be made available in the near future.
The U.S. last hosted the Women’s World Cup qualifying tournament in 2006 and split hosting responsibilities with Canada in 2002 when games were played in Seattle and Vancouver, Canada.
Up next for the U.S. WNT is a match against Switzerland on Aug. 20 at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, North Carolina. The match kicks off at 7:30 p.m. ET and will be live on ussoccer.com. Fans can also follow both games on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt. Tickets go on sale to the public Friday, July 25, at 10 a.m. ET through ussoccer.com, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and at all Ticketmaster ticket centers throughout the Triangle area (including many Walmart stores). Purchases will be limited to six tickets per household.
CHICAGO (July 16, 2014) – The U.S. Women’s National Team will face Switzerland on Wednesday, Aug. 20, at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, North Carolina, with kickoff set for 7:30 p.m. ET. Fans can watch the game live on ussoccer.com and can also follow along on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt and @ussoccer_esp.
The match will mark the first meeting between the sides at the women’s senior level, a rare occurrence for the U.S. team, which has been playing international soccer for 29 years.
Tickets go on sale to the public Friday, July 25, at 10 a.m. ET through ussoccer.com, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and at all Ticketmaster ticket centers throughout the Triangle area (including many Walmart stores). Purchases will be limited to six tickets per household. [Note: Tickets will only be sold at WakeMed Soccer Park on the day of the event.] Ultimate Fan Tickets (special VIP packages that include a premium ticket, a custom-made official U.S. National Team jersey with name and number, VIP access to the field before and after the game, and other unique benefits) are also available exclusively through ussoccer.com.
As a sponsor of U.S. Soccer, Visa is pleased to offer all Visa cardholders access to an advance ticket sale for this match before the sale to the general public. This advance sale starts Thursday, July 24, at 10 a.m. ET and runs until Friday, July 25, at 8 a.m. at ussoccer.com. Visa will be the only payment method accepted through the Visa presale and is the preferred card of U.S. Soccer. Terms and conditions apply.
Switzerland is one of six nations that have already qualified for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup where it will join host Canada. Switzerland has won European Group 3 with one match left to play in qualifying, taking 25 points from nine games with an 8-0-1 record ahead of Iceland and Denmark. The achievement marks the first time Switzerland has qualified for a Women’s World Cup at the senior level.
- Switzerland will be the 25th European country the USA has faced in its history, although several of those countries no longer exist.
- The game on Aug. 20 will be the sixth time the U.S. Women have played at WakeMed Soccer Park, and first since the venue was expanded to seat 10,000 fans.
- The USA has strong connections to the Triangle area of North Carolina, with many former and several current players having attended North Carolina, including current midfielders Heather O’Reilly, Tobin Heath and Allie Long, defenders Whitney Engen, Crystal Dunn and Meghan Klingenberg and goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris.
- The U.S. Women have previously played 11 matches in North Carolina – five in Cary, two in Charlotte, three in Davidson and one in Greensboro.
- Lara Dickenmann, who plays for French power Olympic Lyon and played college soccer at Ohio State (where she was the Big Ten Freshman of the Year in 2004), leads Switzerland in Women’s World Cup qualifying with 10 goals. She also played for the New Jersey Wildcats and Jersey Sky Blue during her time in college.
- Fabienne Humm has scored eight times for Switzerland in qualifying, as has former Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) player Ramona Bachmann, who played for the Atlanta Beat. Ana Maria Crnogorčević, who plays for Frankfurt in Germany, has six goals in qualifying.
- Switzerland’s coach is former German international Martina Voss-Tecklenburg who played more than 100 matches for her country and played in the 1991, 1995 and 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cups as well as the 1996 Olympics.
- The USA comes into the match with a 7-2-3 record in 2014.
- The USA is currently ranked No. 1 in the world. Switzerland is 19th.
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|October 15, 2014||7:30 PM CT||
||Sporting Park; Kansas City, Kan.||
Fox Sports 2
|October 17, 2014||8 PM CT||
||Toyota Park; Bridgeview, Ill.||
Fox Sports 1
|October 20, 2014||7:30 PM ET||
||RFK Stadium; Washington, D.C.||
Fox Sports 1
|October 24, 2014||TBD||
||PPL Park; Chester, Pa.||
Fox Sports 1
|October 26, 2014||TBD||
||PPL Park; Chester, Pa.||
Fox Sports 1
|Oct. 15||GUA-HAI||6 p.m., Fox Sports 2
|Oct. 15||USA-TRI||8:30 p.m., Fox Sports 2||Sporting Park|
|Oct. 17||HAI-TRI||6:30 p.m., Fox Sports 2
|Oct. 17||USA-GUA||9 p.m., Fox Sports 1||Toyota Park|
||5 p.m., Fox Sports 1
|Oct. 20||HAI-USA||7:30 p.m., Fox Sports 1||RFK Stadium|
|Oct. 16||JAM-MTQ||6 p.m., Fox Sports 2
|Oct. 16||CRC-MEX||8:30 p.m., Fox Sports 2
|Oct. 18||CRC-JAM||4 p.m., Fox Sports 2
|Oct. 18||MTQ-MEX||6:30 p.m., Fox Sports 2
|| 5 p.m., Fox Sports 1
|Oct. 21||MEX-JAM||7:30 p.m., Fox Sports 1
|Oct. 24||Group B winner vs. Group A runner-up||4:30 p.m., Fox Sports 2
|Oct. 24||Group A winner vs. Group B runner-up
||7:30 p.m., Fox Sports 1
|Oct. 26||Group A winner or Group B runner-up vs. Group B winner or Group A runner-up||3 p.m., Fox Sports 1||PPL Park|
|Oct. 26||Group A winner or Group B runner-up vs. Group B winner or Group A runner-up||6 p.m., Fox Sports 1||PPL Park|