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US to face Vietnam, Netherlands at women’s soccer World Cup

AUCKLAND, New Zealand ( AP ) — The defending champion United States will face the Netherlands in the nhóm stage of the women’s bóng đá ku
Cup next summer, setting up an early repeat of the 2019 World Cup final .The draw was made at a ceremony in Auckland on Saturday .Four-time champion the United States was drawn in Group E with Vietnam, the Netherlands và a playoff winner still mập be determined in a tournament expanded for the first phút giây bự 32 teams drawn into eight groups of four .

The U.S. will play all of its nhóm matches in New Zealand in the tournament phệ be played at 10 stadiums in nước Australia & New Zealand in July và August 2023. The match against the Netherlands will be at Wellington on July 27. The U.S. beat the Dutch 2-0 in the 2019 final in France .“ Netherlands is a very good nhóm & one that’s developing a lot, & it’s changed a lot in the last two years or so sánh. And then the opening game against Vietnam, I think that’s great for us lớn get us going in the tournament & just overall I’m very excited, ” U.S. midfielder Lindsey Horan said .Second-ranked Sweden is drawn in Group G with South Africa, Italy và Argentina. Third-ranked Germany is in Group H with Morocco, Colombia & South Korea and European champion England in Group D with Denmark, Trung Quốc và a playoff winner .The three playoff winners will be determined through inter-continental qualifying matches in Auckland in February .Under the formula of the draw, the six top-ranked teams couldn’t face each other in the nhóm stage. That ensured the U.S. will not face Sweden in the nhóm stage of a major tournament for the first thời gian in 10 years .The draw was conducted in the same manner as the men’s World Cup : teams were divided into four “ pots ” of eight teams based on FIFA world rankings .The U.S. was placed in Pot một among the top-six ranked teams — Sweden, Germany, England, France & Spain — along with hosts nước Australia và New Zealand who qualified automatically và already had been placed into groups. New Zealand took slot một in Group A and nước Australia slot một in Group B .Canada, the reigning Olympic gold medalist, was also in Group B with Ireland và Nigeria .“ Bring it on, ” nước Australia coach Tony Gustavsson told reporters after the draw. “ Rankings wise it’s a very, very tough draw. And then if you look at the bracket as well và who we’re facing, just based on ranking, obviously Canada is the favourite in our nhóm và we should kết thúc up second. ”New Zealand will play 1995 champions Norway in the opening match of the tournament at Auckland on July 20 và nước Australia opens later that day against first-time qualifier Ireland .The U.S. will play Vietnam at Auckland on July 22, then the Netherlands on July 27 & finally the playoff winner also at Auckland on Aug. một .Pot 2 comprised Canada, the Netherlands, Brazil, Nhật Bản, Norway, Italy, Trung Quốc và South Korea. Pot tam contained Denmark, Switzerland, Ireland, Colombia, Argentina, Vietnam, Costa Rica & Jamaica .Pot bốn was made up of Nigeria, the Philippines, South Africa, Morocco, Zambia & the three qualifiers which have still bự be determined .Playoff A will feature Cameroon, Thái Lan & Portugal, playoff B will involve Senegal, Haiti & Chile & playoff C features Chinese Taipei, Paraguay, Papua New Guinea và Panama. The winners of those playoffs will be placed into the nhóm slots drawn on Saturday .The rules of the draw allowed two teams from UEFA, the European confederation, lớn be drawn in the same nhóm but teams from other confederations could not be drawn together .The draw was conducted in front of an audience of more than 800 including New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Australia sports minister Anika Wells. Two-time World Cup winner Carli Lloyd of the United States, former England striker Ian Wright & Brazil World Cup-winner Gilberto Silva were among stars who assisted in the draw .The ceremony was rich with the indigenous Maori culture of New Zealand & first nation culture of nước Australia. The tournament is being held for the ninth phút giây but for the first thời gian in the southern hemisphere .Former U.S. defender Alexi Lalas said he “ smelled a three-peat ” for the Americans, who have won the last two World Cups và will make history if it can chiến hạ three in a row .“ This World Cup is not only going phệ be the best, it’s going bự be the most competitive in our history, ” said Jill Ellis, a two-time World Cup-winning coach with the United States .Lloyd added : “ It’s going béo be the biggest và the best. ”___Group A : New Zealand, Norway, Philippines, Switzerland .Group B : nước Australia, Ireland, Nigeria, Canada .Group C : Spain, Costa Rica, Zambia, Nhật Bản .Group D : England, Group B playoff winner, Denmark, Nước Trung Hoa .Group E : United States, Vietnam, the Netherlands, Group A playoff winner .Group F : France, Jamaica, Brazil, Group C playoff winner .Group G : Sweden, South Africa, Italy, Argentina .Group H : Germany, Morocco, Colombia, South Korea .___

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