Big day for Women's Soccer as the draw for the 2011 World Cup in Germany was announced today. The United States, who squeaked in with a win over Italy in a playoff last week is paired with familiar foes North Korea and Sweden as well as World Cup newcomer Colombia. This marks the fourth straight World Cup that will feature a matchup between the United States and North Korea during the Group Stage. The U.S. won the first two by scores of 3-0 in 1999 and 2003, but the two teams tied in their last meeting in China in 2007. In Sweden, the United States has a very familiar adversary with the two sides having played 7 times since the beginning of 2007. The United States has won 5 of those matches, including a 2-0 win in China during the Group Stage of the 2007 World Cup, the two teams tied once, and Sweden won the other in a shootout. The United States has outscored Sweden 13-4 over those 7 matches and won the most recent meeting 3-0 on July 17 in East Hartford.
Here’s how the rest of the groups stack up with the latest FIFA rankings in parentheses:
New Zealand (23)
United States (1)
North Korea (6)
Equatorial Guinea (62)
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