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Winner will take the final spot in the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup
Beginning this Saturday, the U.S. Women’s National Team will take the pitch against Italy in a two-game playoff series that will determine the final spot in the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup. The series will be carried exclusively on ESPN3.com in the U.S.
The U.S. team has previously gone 19-0 in CONCACAF qualifying matches for the FIFA Women’s World Cup. However, the recent upset by Mexico in the semifinals has left the team in a must-win situation. The two-leg series will be decided by aggregate goals. If the result of total goals after both matches ends up in a tie, away goals will count as double. A loss to Italy would make this the first U.S. team ever not to qualify for the Women’s World Cup since the tournament’s inception in 1991, while a win would allow them to advance.
The first leg on Nov. 20 will be carried live from Padova, Italy. ESPN announcer JP Dellacamera and former U.S. Women’s National Team coach Tony DiCicco will call the action. Exclusive coverage will continue on ESPN3.com for the second leg on Nov. 27 live from Bridgeview, Ill. and called on-site by Dellacamera, three-time Olympic medalist and former captain of the U.S. Women’s National Team Julie Foudy and reporter Pedro Gomez. The schedule:
|Sat, Nov 20||10:30 a.m.||U.S.A.||Italy||Euganeo Stadium|
|Sat, Nov 27||2:00 p.m.||Italy||U.S.A.||Toyota Park|
Days after the series’ conclusion, ESPN3.com will continue its coverage with the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup Draw live in its entirety on Monday, Nov. 29 at 1:45 p.m. EST. The Women’s World Cup from Germany begins Sunday, Jun. 26 across the ESPN family of networks.
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