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USWNT’s Path Through The Gold Cup As US Soccer Announces Player Of The Year Nominees

Written by Oluwaseun Oyediji

The first-ever Concacaf Women’s Gold Cup will take place in February and March 2024, and the 12-team group stage has been set.

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The United States Women’s National Team (USWNT) will play Mexico, Argentina, and the winner of a preliminary round between Guyana and the Dominican Republic in Group A to compete for the knockout stages.

The U.S. avoided the most challenging group, as Group B will feature World Cup participants Brazil, Colombia, Panama, and possibly Haiti (who play Puerto Rico in the Preliminary).

Group C will feature Canada, Costa Rica, Paraguay, and either El Salvador or Guatemala.

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The tournament runs from the start of the preliminary round on February 17 until the final on March 10.

The winner of the Gold Cup will be the unofficial champion of two regions (Concacaf and CONMEBOL), with top teams from North, Central, and South America competing, as well as the Caribbean.

Meanwhile…

U.S. Soccer announced the five nominees for Female Player of the Year, leaning heavily on 2023 World Cup contributors.

Naomi Girma, Emily Fox, Lindsey Horan, Crystal Dunn, and 2022 winner Sophia Smith will vie for the award.

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Votes are tallied from USWNT and Youth National team (YNT) coaches and staff, USWNT players who have earned a cap in this calendar year, American Pro Soccer league head coaches, select media members, former players, and administrators.

The nominees for Young Female Player of the Year are Alyssa Thompson, Olivia Moultrie, Savannah King, Onyeka Gamero, and Ally Sentnor.

Horan, Smith, and Girma have won the Young Female Player award in the past.

This is Dunn's third Player of the Year nomination, though she has never won.

This year marks Fox's first Player of the Year nomination.

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