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WWC: U.S. gets a ‘death’ group

There’s always a “Group of Death” in any FIFA competition, or so it seems, and that group at next summer’s Women’s World Cup in Germany belongs to the U.S.
And to Germany. And to Brazil.

There are three “death” groups in this year’s field, product of the rapid growth of women’s soccer outside the traditional strongholds of the U.S., Germany, Scandinavia and the Far East.

The Americans, seeded Sunday atop Group C, welcomed North Korea, Colombia and Sweden into their quartet during Monday’s WWC draw in Frankfurt. That’s three legitimate contenders (for at least semifinal berths) for just two spots in the eight-team knockout bracket. And we’ll see about Colombia.

And it gets worse: A quarterfinal awaits with Brazil or Australia or Norway (and we’ll see about Equatorial Guinea), and the likeliest semifinal foe are the Germans, prohibitive favorites to win their third successive WWC.

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