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U.S. WNT to Face Mexico, Guatemala and the Dominican Republic in Group B of CONCACAF Womens Olympic Qualifying

The U.S. Women’s National Team has been drawn into Group B along with Mexico, Guatemala and the Dominican Republic for the CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament which will be held from Jan. 19-29 in Vancouver, Canada. Host Canada will head Group A, which also features Costa Rica, Cuba and Haiti.

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CHICAGO (Oct. 24, 2011) – The U.S. Women’s National Team has been drawn into Group B along with Mexico, Guatemala and the Dominican Republic for the CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament which will be held from Jan. 19-29 in Vancouver, Canada. Host Canada will head Group A, which also features Costa Rica, Cuba and Haiti.

The eight-team tournament will be held at the newly renovated BC Place in Vancouver with the top two teams advancing to next summer’s Olympic Games in London. The match schedule, including kickoff times and broadcast information, will be confirmed and announced in the near future by CONCACAF.

The 15-game tournament will feature two groups of four teams, each with the top two finishers in each group “crossing over” for the all-important semifinals. The winners of those semifinal matches will earn the region’s two berths to London. All the group games and the semifinals will be played in double-header formats.

The last time the USA met Mexico in a qualifying tournament it did not go well for the Americans, which dropped a 2-1 decision during Women’s World Cup qualifying in Cancun, Mexico, that relegated the USA to the third place match of the tournament. The U.S. defeated Costa Rica in the third-place match and then headed into a two-game playoff with Italy that the USA won 2-0 on aggregate to earn the final berth to Germany. It was Mexico’s first ever defeat of the USA. However, the U.S. Women do own seven all-time victories over Mexico in CONCACAF qualifying tournaments, including a 3-1 victory in during group play at the 2008 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying tournament in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.

The USA has faced Guatemala just once in its history, during the most recent Women’s World Cup qualifying tournament in Cancun last October, coming away with a 9-0 victory. The meeting with the Dominican Republic will be the first-ever between the countries.

The U.S. will attempt to qualify for a fifth consecutive Olympic Games and finish in first place at CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying for the third consecutive time. In 2008, the USA won the Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Mexico and went on to win the gold medal in Beijing. In 2004, the U.S. won the Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Costa Rica and went on to win gold at Athens, Greece. The U.S. qualified for the 1996 Atlanta Games as host and for the 2000 Sydney Games as a top-seven finisher at the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

Nine teams have already qualified for the 12-team Olympic Football Tournament in host London; Japan and North Korea from Asia; Cameroon and South Africa from Africa; Brazil and Colombia from South America; and Sweden and France from Europe. New Zealand will likely earn Oceania’s lone berth, which leaves just the CONCACAF entrants to be decided.

Tournament series ticket packages are on sale now. They include all 15 games in three price categories ($69/$95/$125 CAD) and include six doubleheaders (Jan. 19-24), one all-important semifinal doubleheader (Jan. 27) and the final (Jan. 29). Fans who purchase a series package will receive eight total tickets (one ticket good for each of the seven doubleheaders and the final).

The ticket prices include taxes, however there will be service charges ($8) and facility fees ($10) added for each individual series package. U.S. fans will be guaranteed tickets in the U.S. Supporters sections on a first-come, first-served basis only by purchasing the tournament series packages through Ticketmaster.

Passwords for the seats in the U.S. Supporters sections are as follows:

USASUPPORTERS – 15-game package
USAGROUPS – Discounted 15-game package (for groups of 10 or more tickets)
USAFAMILY – Discounted family 15-game package (for multiples of 4 tickets)

Fans will be able to purchase tournament series packages through late October.

The series package offers a savings of 33 percent over individual ticket prices. In addition, family packages of four tickets will see an additional 15 percent off the already reduced series package price, and group packages of 10 or more tickets will benefit from an additional 20 percent off the series package reduced rate.

The average ticket price is just under $6.50 CAD per match across 15 matches in eight days of soccer.

Individual game tickets will go on sale in late October once the game schedule is finalized. Tickets in the U.S. Supporters sections cannot be guaranteed during the individual game tickets sale.

U.S. head coach Pia Sundhage will bring a large roster of players to a training camp in Arizona beginning Nov. 7 to prepare for a match against Sweden at the University of Phoenix Stadium on Nov. 19. That roster will be announced in the near future.

The U.S. team will also have an extended training camp in December, after which Sundhage will chose a 20-player roster for the Olympic qualifying tournament.

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