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Posted at 2:04 PM ET, 11/29/2010

USA will play North Korea, Colombia and Sweden in group play of Women's World Cup

By Steve Goff

The results of the Women's World Cup draw, held today in Frankfurt:

Group A: Germany, Canada, Nigeria, France.
Group B: Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, England.
Group C: USA, North Korea, Colombia, Sweden.
Group D: Brazil, Australia, Equatorial Guinea, Norway.

The tournament is next summer in Germany. The Americans shouldn't have any trouble with Colombia, a first-time qualifier ranked No. 32 in the world, but face heavy challenges against sixth-ranked North Korea and No. 4 Sweden.

The USA schedule:
June 28 vs. North Korea in Dresden
July 2 vs. Colombia in Sinsheim
July 6 vs. Sweden in Wolfsburg

If the Americans advance to the quarterfinals, they would likely play Brazil or Norway on July 10 in Augsburg or Dresden.

By Steve Goff  | November 29, 2010; 2:04 PM ET
Categories:  Women  | Tags:  Women's World Cup  
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Comments

Heavy challenges indeed for the US of A.

But Brazil may get manhandled by Equatorial Guinea.

Posted by: OWNTF | November 29, 2010 2:13 PM | Report abuse

Group A: Germany, Canada, Nigeria, France.

Group of... well, I was going to say "Death," but as this is women's soccer, I'll say "Competitiveness."

Perhaps the drones being operated by the carrier fleet off the South Korean coast could be re-directed to scout the North Korean training sessions. We can call it "Operation Belichek."

Posted by: Rand-al-Thor | November 29, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse

The more I think about it, the more I want to attend this tournament.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | November 29, 2010 2:19 PM | Report abuse

A whole new meaning to "Group of Death", Rand-Al-Thor, with North Korea in it.

Posted by: Reignking | November 29, 2010 2:23 PM | Report abuse

But Brazil may get manhandled by Equatorial Guinea.
Posted by: OWNTF
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Booooooooooooo

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | November 29, 2010 2:24 PM | Report abuse

A and C can have a Cage Match to determine the Group of Death and Groups B and D can have a cupcake eating contest to determine....

Posted by: Golden_Child | November 29, 2010 2:53 PM | Report abuse

i wouldn't consider Group D cupcakes. Australia has been a decent team over the years, qualifying for the knockout round in 2007 before falling to Brazil 3-2. Norway finished in 4th place. looking back, this is almost the same grouping as 2003, with Colombia in place of Nigeria. if the US team struggles, it won't be because their group is so hard, it will be more because they haven't been playing as well and because other countries have continued to improve.

Posted by: dimesmakedollars | November 29, 2010 3:44 PM | Report abuse

sorry, that should read "this is almost the same grouping FOR THE US as 2003..."

Posted by: dimesmakedollars | November 29, 2010 3:47 PM | Report abuse

When Equatorial Guinea go marching in...
When Equatorial Guinea go marching in...
Oh, I want to be in that number...
When Equatorial Guinea go marching in.

Posted by: IamAM | November 29, 2010 5:29 PM | Report abuse

The more I think about it, the more I want to attend this tournament.
Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish
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Because Alex Morgan's restraining order is no good in Germany?

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | November 29, 2010 8:59 PM | Report abuse

The more I think about it, the more I want to attend this tournament.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | November 29, 2010 2:19 PM
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If you don't go next year, Canada will be a strong contender to host in 2015 (thanks to the All White Kit blog for this link):

http://www.thestar.com/sports/soccer/article/896986--canada-bids-for-2015-women-s-world-cup-after-finishing-runner-up-for-2011-event

And just in case "manhandled" requires any explanation:

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/sport/two-equatorial-guinea-women-footballers-accused-of-being-men/story-e6frg7mf-1225960093233

Posted by: universityandpark | November 30, 2010 12:43 AM | Report abuse

Wambach and Rapinoe were awsome in last Saturday's game. I hope ESPN or FOX will televise the Wm's World cup games. It was a bummer watching the game last sat on the computer screen!

Posted by: soccerhead | November 30, 2010 9:36 AM | Report abuse

I'm pretty sure Disney is already committed to showing at least all games featuring the Yanks, as well as the last couple of rounds, regardless of which teams are left standing. That would be consistent with the extent of coverage they provided in the last several WWCs.

Posted by: universityandpark | November 30, 2010 10:17 AM | Report abuse

I'm pretty sure Disney is already committed to showing at least all games featuring the Yanks, as well as the last couple of rounds, regardless of which teams are left standing. That would be consistent with the extent of coverage they provided in the last several WWCs.

Posted by: universityandpark | November 30, 2010 10:17 AM | Report abuse

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