U.S. Soccer to host Women's World Cup qualifying tournament

Chicago, Kansas City, Washington and Philadelphia will serve as venues for the 12-day tournament, which will also determine the regional championship.
The road to the Women's World Cup has been paved. 

U.S. Soccer announced Thursday that Kansas City, Chicago, Washington and Philadelphia be host venues for the CONCACAF Women's Championship from Oct. 15-26. The tournament will determine the region's representatives at the 2015 Women's World Cup in Canada.

PPL Park in Chester, Pennsylvania, will host the semifinals Oct. 24, with the two winners earning World Cup berths. The third-place match will be played two days later at the same venue, with the winner booking a trip to Canada and the loser dropping into a playoff against a South American nation. The final between the two already-qualified teams will be played Oct. 26 as well.

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"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," said U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati in a news release.

The tournament will feature two groups of four, with the USA, Mexico, Costa Rica, Guatemala and four Caribbean nations competing. As the host nation, Canada has automatically qualified.

There will be two sets of group-stage doubleheaders at each venue: Oct. 15-16 at Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kansas; Oct. 17-18 in at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Illinois; and Oct. 20-21 at RFK Stadium in Washington.

The final schedule will be determined Sept. 5 at a draw in Miami.

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