USWNT Drawn into Group A with Mexico, Panama & TNT for Concacaf

By Sean McCaffery, September 4, 2018

These teams will go at it in the 2018 Concacaf Women's Championship to determine the 3 automatic bids out of the total of 8 teams, the games begin a month from today and carry on until Oct. 10. This morning the draw in Miami also placed Canada, Costa Rica, Cuba &  Jamaica in Group B (if not for Jamaica might it have been Group C?).  Oct. 4 the US face Mexico at 7:30 p.m. local time, Panama Oct. 7 @5p.m. local time and T & T Oct. 10 @7:30 local time.

The USWNT and their group are playing at WakeMed Park, home of NCFC of USL and the Courage of NWSL, so for a number of them it is their home field, quite the advantage, Group B takes place in Edinburgh TX. Toyota Stadium, home to FC Dallas will host the semis, third place and final in the Championship. USA, Mexico & Canada had automatic bids as Costa Rica & Panama come via Central American quialifiers as TnT, Jamaica & Cuba did the same out of Caribbean qualifying. Those in the title game and the 3rd place finisher are into the Cup as #4 faces Argentina in a 2 game play in with them being the #4 team coming out of South America. 

By the #'s:

4- wins by USWNT in the first Concacaf Women's World Cup tourneys, in 2010 they lost to Mexico but redeemed themselves beating Italy to get to Germany and the Cup.

4-times in the first 4 champioinships games had the USA facing Canada, as hosts of the last cup, Canada did not qualify, in 2011 Canada won and never faced the USWNT.

6- times USA met Mecixo,  in 1999 they did not meet up as the USA hosted it.

1- only loss for USA given by Mexico but they bested Italy later to move onto Germany.

2- goals by Carli Lloyd, 1 by Christen Press in 2014 as USA beat Mexico and on to the 2015 World Cup.

10-times USWNT met TnT, 4x in these qualifiers USA taking all 10 matches.

1-times USA played Panama, it was in this tourney with the US prevailing 9-0.

27-1-0- all time record of the USWNT in this Tournament.