The road to glory for the U.S. women’s national soccer team won’t be an easy one in 2015.
FIFA held the draw for the 2015 Women’s World Cup at a glitzy gala Saturday in Ottawa, Canada. The United States landed in a difficult Group D alongside Australia, Sweden and Nigeria. As the top-ranked team in the world and the 2012 Olympic champions, the United States will be among the favorites to win next summer’s tournament. Australia and Sweden are established powers in the women’s game, while Nigeria reigns in Africa and is on the rise in the global ranks.
Head coach Jill Ellis will lead the U.S. women in their quest to win their first World Cup title since 1999. Team USA finished third in 2003 and 2007 and second in 2011.
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The United States will open its tournament against Australia on June 8 in Winnipeg. The United States then will face Sweden (and former head coach Pia Sundhage) on June 12 in Winnipeg. Team USA then will travel west where it will take on Nigeria in Vancouver on June 16.
Canada will host the 24-team tournament, which kicks off on June 6. The final will be on July 5 in Vancouver. See the full draw below.
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