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Women's World Cup Draw

Results of today's draw in Wuhan:
(world ranking in parentheses)

Not a good outcome for the USA with three of the top five teams in the world in the same group. Oddly, same first-round opponents for the USA as 2003, when they won all three games and outscored these teams 11-1.

GROUP A
Germany (2)
Japan (9)
England (12)
Argentina (32)
GROUP B
Nigeria (24)
USA (1)
North Korea (5)
Sweden (4)
GROUP C
Norway (3)
Ghana (48)
Australia (14)
Canada (10)
GROUP D
China (11)
New Zealand (23)
Brazil (8)
Denmark (6)

The Americans will play North Korea on Sept. 11 in Chengdu, Sweden on Sept. 14 in Chengdu and Nigeria on Sept. 18 in Shanghai.
Potential quarterfinal matchup: Japan, Germany
Potential semifinal matchup: China, Brazil, Norway

By Steve Goff  |  April 22, 2007; 7:08 AM ET
Categories:  Women  
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Comments

Ahhh, more grist for the rigged draws mill.

Posted by: seahawkdad | April 22, 2007 9:11 AM | Report abuse

Bring 'em on. It's more fun when the USA beats top-notch teams anyway.

Posted by: Ash | April 22, 2007 11:06 AM | Report abuse

Glad you're back Steve.

Who will be the first to ask the US players if they have any extra motivation playing on September 11 (against an Axis of Evil country)?

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | April 22, 2007 11:11 AM | Report abuse

Bring it. Props to Ryan for expressing confusion, but letting it go. Unlike with the MNT the ladies should be up to the challenge.

Posted by: Shmoo | April 22, 2007 3:29 PM | Report abuse

I think that Nigeria learned a valuable lesson last time and will let the US score first in China. Of course, by the third match the US won't need a win to advance.

Posted by: Scott | April 22, 2007 10:54 PM | Report abuse

One would think the malnourished and ailing country of North Korea would not have the ability to send a team to a World Cup Finals. Can only imagine the pressure that will be on them to beat the "imperialist" Americans. Which of the two would Sean Penn root for?

Posted by: Joe Doc | April 22, 2007 11:23 PM | Report abuse

North Korea takes good care of its athletes. The rest of its citizens, sadly not so much.


Posted by: Goff | April 22, 2007 11:53 PM | Report abuse

Why is the US staying so far from each of the venues? According to the post article today one was about 1,500 miles away and the others several hundred? Why not stay close to at least one venue?

Posted by: DCFan | April 23, 2007 9:44 AM | Report abuse

They're staying in Chengdu, site of their first two games. Chengdu is the most remote of all the venues, which means more travel than they had hoped.

Posted by: Goff | April 23, 2007 10:03 AM | Report abuse

My family passed through Chengdu during a trip to China a few years ago. There is a large panda reserve there to visit on days off, and the air quality is much better there than in any of the better known Chinese cities (which is not to say that the air quality is good, just better than in the other cities).

If it's a tough draw for the US women, imagine how the other 3 teams in the group feel.

Posted by: ho | April 23, 2007 11:17 AM | Report abuse

Is there any chance we'll ever know what was really behind the bizarre decision to place North Korea in Group B by committee fiat? Why weren't they drawn into a group like every other non-seeded team? I've seen some theories about avoiding an early NK-China matchup, but from what I've read, FIFA has strenuously avoided answering this question so far.

Posted by: Ash | April 23, 2007 11:21 AM | Report abuse

"My family passed through Chengdu during a trip to China a few years ago. There is a large panda reserve there to visit on days off..."

Just last week the PBS program Nova did an hour on that region of China (http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/flower/). It seems that just about any flowering plant you can name can be traced back to Sichuan (of which Chengdu is the capital) and surrounding areas. In short, southwestern China and eastern Tibet is to flowering plants what the Olduvai Gorge is to hominids.

Posted by: Go Penn State! | April 23, 2007 1:27 PM | Report abuse

"Just last week the PBS program Nova did an hour on that region of China (http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/flower/). It seems that just about any flowering plant you can name can be traced back to Sichuan (of which Chengdu is the capital) and surrounding areas. In short, southwestern China and eastern Tibet is to flowering plants what the Olduvai Gorge is to hominids."

Missed that program. Dog the Bounty Hunter was on...

Posted by: Joe Doc | April 23, 2007 4:12 PM | Report abuse

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