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U.S. venues picked for Women's World Cup qualifying
July 25th, 2014 10:33PM
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[DATEBOOK] The 2014 Concacaf Women's Championship, which will serve as qualifying for the 2015 Women's World Cup in Canada, will be played Oct. 15-26 in four MLS stadiums.

Group play will consist of doubleheaders at Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kansas, Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Illinois, and RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C., while the semifinals and final and third-place game will be played at PPL Park in Chester, Pa.

The semifinal winners and third-place winner will qualify for Canada 2015. The third-place loser will enter a playoff with a South American country for a final berth.

Four years ago, the USA finished third as it lost to Mexico in the semifinals. It needed to beat Costa Rica in the third-place game and then Italy to advance to the Women's World Cup finals, where it fell to Japan in the final.

This time, the path to the finals is much easier as Concacaf has one more berth -- the tournament was expanded from 16 to 24 teams -- and Canada has already qualified as host so it is not entered in the tournament.

The USA, Mexico, Costa Rica and Guatemala have already qualified Concacaf Championship and they will be joined by the four semifinalists from the CFU Women's Caribbean Cup, which will take place Aug. 19-26 in Trinidad & Tobago.

The tournament 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 eight teams will play one match in each of the three first-round venues.

"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."

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.

2014 Concacaf Women's Championship:
Oct. 15 in Kansas City, Kan.
Group A doubleheader
Oct. 16 in Kansas City, Kan.
Group B doubleheader
Oct. 17 in Bridgeview, Ill.
Group A doubleheader
Oct. 18 in Bridgeview, Ill.
Group B doubleheader
Oct. 20 in Washington, D.C.
Group A doubleheader
Oct. 21 in Washington, D.C.
Group B doubleheader
Oct. 24 in Chester, Pa.
Semifinals
Oct. 24 in Chester, Pa.
Final and third-place game


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