U.S. women’s team is coming to Dallas and Houston for 2016 Olympic qualifiers

Megan Rapinoe.(Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images North America)

Megan Rapinoe.(Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images North America)

The 2016 CONCACAF Women’s Championship, which serves as one of the qualifying tournaments for next summer’s Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, will be played in February in Dallas and Houston.

The tournament will feature eight national teams from North America, Central America and the Caribbean, divided into two groups of four. The top two finishers in each group advance to the semifinals, and the winners of the two semifinal matches qualify for the Olympics.

goldfpiTeam USA will play its group games at Toyota Stadium in Frisco on Feb. 10, Feb. 13, and Feb. 15. The U.S. matches will be part of a doubleheader on each of those days.

The semifinals and final match will take place in Houston, at BBVA Compass Stadium. The semis are on Feb. 19, the title game on Feb. 21.

Ticket information “will be announced in the near future,” U.S. Soccer said.

The eight teams participating in the Olympic qualifier will be the United States, Canada, and Mexico, along with three teams from the Caribbean and two from Central America to be chosen through regional qualifiers beginning in late September.

The Olympic Games are Aug. 3-10.

Women’s soccer became an Olympic sport in 1996. The Americans have won the gold medal four times (in 1996, 2004, 2008, and 2012).

The only time they didn’t finish first was in 2000, when  they earned the silver medal, losing 3-2 in overtime to Norway in the championship game.


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