One win from Women's World Cup

BOB MACKIN -- 24 Hours Vancouver

, Last Updated: 7:24 AM ET

Canada's bid for a berth in the 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup in China became easier yesterday.

Canada and the U.S. already have byes to the Nov. 22 semifinals of the Women's Gold Cup for the North and Central America and Caribbean Confederation.

Finalists receive automatic entry to next September's Women's World Cup.

Yesterday's draw in New York means Christine Sinclair-led Canada, the 2002 Gold Cup runner-up, will meet the winner of a Nov. 19 first round match between Panama and Jamaica.

Defending Gold Cup champion U.S. will face Mexico or Trinidad and Tobago.

Semifinals and the Nov. 26 final will be played at Home Depot Center near Los Angeles.

Canada is 2-0 all-time against Jamaica and 1-0 against Panama and has outscored the teams by a combined 22-0. Mexico eliminated Canada from qualifying for the 2004 Athens Olympics.


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