USWNT draws World Cup group stage draw with Netherlands

Comments on this storyComment The path for the US women’s soccer team to achieve an unprecedented three consecutive World Cup wins next year will include a group stage match against the Netherlands, the country that lost the 2019 final, which could include a qualifying round. . -Final 16 vs 2nd place Sweden All first round matches will be played in New Zealand before August and all but one will be playable from that country. The final in Sydney on the 20th. In the opening game of the United States held in Auckland on July 22, they lost 2-0 to the first participating Vietnam Vietnam and to the 8th placed Netherlands and the United States in 2019 held five days later in Wellington 2019. French final. Group play ends in August. They finished first in Auckland in February with a playoff winner between 23rd placed Portugal, 41st placed Thailand and 58th placed Cameroon. “It was a good but rather tough draw,” said US coach Vlatko Andonovski. “I am excited about it. This is where the real preparation begins.” The United States, with a record of 20 wins, 1 loss and 3 losses in the group stage, is expected to have no difficulty in getting 1st and 2nd place in the group at the knockout stage. If the rankings are maintained, in the 2021 Olympic group stage qualifiers, they will win 3-0 in the round of 16 against Italy, second-placed in Group G, in Sydney. The United States and Sweden have met in the group stage in the last five World Cups, while the United States has 3 wins, 1 loss and 1 draw. Former American star Carli Lloyd, who co-hosted the group draw in Oakland, said: They will avoid European champions England, 2021 Olympic gold medalist Canada and contenders Germany, France, Brazil and Australia. The top spots in the group stage are Sweden, Japan and Spain, with 64 matches played in 6 stadiums in Australia and 4 in New Zealand. All but three participants are set. Auckland’s 18-23 in the 10-country playoffs in February will complete the 32-team arena, the largest since FIFA started the women’s championship in 1991. Although Americans will arrive at the World Cup as one of their favorite World Cups, they must stop their work. Earlier this month, they defeated England (2-1) in fourth place and Spain (2-0) in sixth place and suffered their first consecutive defeat in five and a half years. Preparations resume with two friendly matches against third-placed Germany in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on November 10 and Harrison, New Jersey, on November 13. The opposing team and location have yet to be confirmed. US midfielder Lindsey Horan said, “There is a lot of work to be done next year. “We have to get better. We must learn and grow. I hope next year will be much better.” FIFA Ranking Group A in parentheses: New Zealand (22nd), Norway (12th), Philippines (53rd) and Switzerland (21st). Group B: Australia (13th), Ireland (24), Nigeria (45) and Canada (7). Group C: Spain (6), Costa Rica (37), Zambia (81), Japan (11). Group D: England (4), playoff winners, Denmark (18), China (15). Group E: USA (1), Vietnam (34), Netherlands (8), play-off winners. Group F: France (5), Jamaica (43), Brazil (9), play-off winners. Group G: Sweden (2), South Africa (54), Italy (14), Argentina (29). Group H: Germany (3), Korea (17), Colombia (27), Morocco (76)
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