The U.S. Women’s National Team (USWNT) will face Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, and Mexico in the group stage of the 2016 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Championship to be held in Frisco, Texas, and Houston, Texas, from February 10–21.
Eight teams were drawn into two groups of four for the tournament. In addition to the United States (host), Canada, Mexico, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Trinidad & Tobago, Puerto Rico, and Guyana, will compete to see which two teams will head to the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
As hosts, the U.S. was seeded in Group A. The top two finishers in each group will advance to the semifinals, which begin on February 19. The winners of each semifinal will qualify for Rio 2016 and meet in the final on February 21.
The USWNT has won all previous qualifying tournaments (2004, 2008, 2012). In 1996, the squad automatically qualified as hosts of the Games and in 2000 qualified through its top-seven finish at the 1999 Women’s World Cup, which it won.
Guyana is making its first appearance in the the qualifying tournament after upsetting Jamaica, 2-1, in the third-place playoff match in the Caribbean Zone’s qualification tournament for the CONCACAF Qualifying Championship.
Trinidad & Tobago
Matches will be played at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston and Toyota Stadium in Frisco. All times listed are Eastern. Local time (U.S. central) in parentheses.