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USWNT learn group for U-20 World Cup qualifying

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The United States will be grouped with Haiti, Panama and Mexico for the CONCACAF Women's U-20 Championship, the tournament that serves as qualifying for the 2016 U-20 World Cup. The U.S. will be heavy favorites to qualify, as they have for every single edition of the U-20 Women's World Cup tournament.

The CONCACAF Championship will be played from December 3-13 in Honduras. The top three teams from the tournament will go to the World Cup so the U.S. will need to finish in the top two of their group, then win the semifinal match to qualify. If they lose the semifinal, they can qualify by winning the third place match.

The U.S. has always been a women's youth tournament powerhouse. They have qualified for the seven U-20 World Cups played in history and are three-time champions. Two other times they made the semifinals. The Americans have struggled, at least relatively so, of late, going out in the quarterfinals in 2014 and 2010, both times on penalties.