By DAN KARELL
The U.S. Women’s National Team now know who they’ll be facing in the group stage of the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship.
CONCACAF conducted the tournament’s draw on Friday morning, placing the USWNT in Group A with Trinidad and Tobago, Guatemala, and Haiti, while Mexico was placed in Group B with Costa Rica, Jamaica, and Martinique.
The U.S. will kick off the tournament at Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan., against Trinidad and Tobago on Oct. 15, and then head to Chicago to face Guatemala two days later. Jill Ellis’ side will finish out the group stage on Oct. 20 in Washington D.C. with a match against Haiti.
“An opponent at this point is an opponent standing between us and the World Cup,” U.S. head coach Jill Ellis said in a press release. “We will prepare for every team with the same respect, resolve and planning while making sure our focus is on our performance. We will approach every game with the intent of maximizing our points and getting to the semifinal.”
The top two teams from each group will move into the semifinals of the tournament, which takes place from Oct. 15-26. The winners of the semifinals and the third-place game will qualify for the 2015 Women’s World Cup. The final rounds of the tournament will all be hosted at PPL Park in Chester, Pa.
Martinique, due to not being an official FIFA member, are ineligible for the semifinals. As such, if they finish in first or second place in their group, the third-place team will advance instead.
Per the U.S. Soccer press release, all matches during the tournament will be televised by FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports 2, FOX Soccer Plus, as well as “on multi-platform devices via FOX Sports GO, FOX Soccer 2GO and FOXSportsGO.com.”
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