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U.S. women, with eye on World Cup berth, open CONCACAF qualifier
U.S. women, with eye on World Cup berth, open CONCACAF qualifier

It's been three years and three head coaches since the U.S. women's national soccer team lost a heartbreaker to Japan in a World Cup final decided on penalty kicks. On Wednesday the Americans begin the long climb toward another World Cup when they face Trinidad and Tobago in Kansas City, Kan., in their opening game of the CONCACAF regional qualifier for next summer's tournament in Canada. The U.S. will meet Guatemala on Friday in suburban Chicago before concluding group play Oct. 20 against Haiti in Washington, D.C. Mexico, the regional qualifying champion in 2010, faces Jamaica, Martinique and Costa Rica in the other four-team group. None of the group games should be...

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