USWNT have potentially clear path to third consecutive World Cup title


The U.S. women’s soccer team could have a relatively straightforward path to a third consecutive, and fifth overall, World Cup title.

Drawn into Group E on Saturday for next summer’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, the Americans would not see European champion England, Olympic gold medalist Canada, two-time World Cup winner Germany or France until the finals. Spain, which routed the USWNT in a friendly earlier this month, and old foe Sweden are on the same side of the bracket, but the Americans aren’t likely to see either until the semifinals.

So long as the USWNT wins the group, that is, which includes a rematch with the Netherlands, their opponent in the 2019 World Cup final.

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