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Dates, venues set for Concacaf World Cup qualifying tournament

The USWNT will play Concacaf Women's Championship group matches in Cary, North Carolina (photo copyright Hannah Di Lorenzo for The Equalizer)

Group play for the 2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship will be played in Cary, North Carolina and Edinburgh, Texas with the semifinals and beyond to be held at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas. The United States will play in Group A at Sahlen’s Stadium Group A in Cary with matches on October 4, 7, and 10. Canada will head Group B at H-E-B Park in in Edinburg on October 5, 8, and 11. H-E-B Park, which seats 9,700, hosted the Houston Dash for a match last season after the team was temporarily displaced following Hurricane Harvey.

The top two teams from each group will advance to the semifinals in Frisco on October 14. The semifinal winners will qualify for the 2019 World Cup and will also meet in the tournament final October 17.  Also on October 17 the semifinal losers will play for another World Cup bid. The fourth place finisher will still have a chance to reach the World Cup through a two-leg playoff against a team from South America.

Mexico is also qualified for the October tournament. The other five nations will be determined via qualifying events this summer.

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