U.S. women draw familiar foes for Olympics; Mexico men get favorable draw

U.S. women draw familiar foes for Olympics; Mexico men get favorable draw

U.S. Women's National Team

U.S. women draw familiar foes for Olympics; Mexico men get favorable draw

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This summer will be a bit similar to last summer for the U.S. women's national team.

The U.S. women drew France, Colombia and North Korea for their group at this summer's Olympic tournament — three teams that they beat during last year's run to the World Cup final. Colombia and North Korea were in the same group as Pia Sundhage's side during the World Cup, while the U.S. women topped France in the semifinals.

On the men's side, Mexico was drawn into a group with South Korea, Switzerland and Gabon, while Honduras drew Spain, Japan and Morocco in a difficult Group D.

The top two finishers from each group advance to the quarterfinals on the men's side, while the top two teams in each group and the top two third-place finishers make it to the knockout round on the women's side.  

Here are the compete draws for the men's and women's Olympic tournaments:

MEN'S OLYMPIC SOCCER DRAW

Group A

Team Great Britain, Uruguay, United Arab Emirates, Senegal

Group B

Mexico, South Korea, Switzerland, Gabon

Group C

Brazil, Belarus, New Zealand, Egypt

Group D

Spain, Honduras, Japan, Morocco

WOMEN'S OLYMPIC SOCCER DRAW

Group E

Team Great Britain, Cameroon, New Zealand, Brazil

Group F

Japan, Sweden, South Africa, Canada

Group G

USA, France, Colombia, North Korea

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The U.S. women will open group play against France on July 25 at Hampden Park in Glasgow before facing Colombia three days later at the same venue. They'll close group play against North Korea at Old Trafford in Manchester on July 31.

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What do you think of the draws? Liking the U.S. women's chances? How do you see the CONCACAF qualifiers from the men's side faring? Do you think the U.S. men would have been able to get out of either the group that Mexico or Honduras is in had they qualified?

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