The CONCACAF Women's World Cup Qualifying Tournament
will take place in Mexico from October 28 to November 8, 2010. This tournament was fomerly known as the Women's Gold Cup, and served as the confederation's championship tournament. No word yet on whether CONCACAF has simply abandoned the idea of holding a confederation championship.
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There are 2.5 World Cup spots up for grabs. The Third Place team will play off against Italy Nov. 20 (in Italy) and 27 (at home).
Update: Oct. 31: USA, Canada, Mexico, and Costa Rica have two wins each in two matches. They have all clinched advancement to the November 5 semifinals, regardless of the outcomes of the third and final matches of the group round.
Update Nov. 5: Big upset in the semifinals as Mexico beat USA 2-1! Canada
have qualified for the World Cup.
USA finished third in the tournament and must now face Italy in a 2-leg series Nov. 20 (in Padova, Italy) and Nov. 27 (in Bridgeview, Illinois) to battle for the final qualifying spot.
Update Nov. 21: Italy is not the pushover the USA was hoping for, but the Americans managed to get a precious away goal in the 94th minute yesterday in Padova, and take a 1-0 score into the second leg next Saturday.
Update Nov. 27: USA
became the final country to qualify for the World Cup, with a 1-0 win over Italy in the second leg.