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Ryan, Lilly to visit China for Women's World Cup draw.

(Tuesday, April 17, 2007) -- United States women's coach Greg Ryan and captain Kristine Lilly travel to China for Sunday's Women's World Cup draw in Wuhan, China.

On Saturday, Lilly will be the American representative on a World Stars team that will face China in a exhibition match, part of the pre-draw festivities.

The 16 nations in the Women's World Cup will be drawn into four groups with the top two finishers in each group advancing to the quarterfinals.

"I am so exited about the draw because that sets the tone for the whole competition," said Lilly, who is about to play in her fifth world championship. "It puts a face on the games and really brings the tournament a little bit closer."

Lilly, 35, has 121 goals in her world-record 324 international appearances.

The 2007 Women's World Cup will be staged from September 10-30 in five Chinese cities -- Chengdu, Hangzhou, Shanghai, Tianjin and Wuhan. Four of the venues are in the eastern part of China, while Chengdu is in central part of the country.

Tianjin is the northernmost venue and is approximately 125 miles southeast of Beijing, host of the 2008 Summer Olympics. The Women's World Cup opening match and championship game will both be played at the Shanghai Hongkou Football Stadium.

The U.S., No. 1 in the rankings of world governing body FIFA, defending champion Germany, with the second-ranking, and host China have already been established as top seeds. Germany will be atop Group A, the U.S. Group B or C, and China Group D

"The draw is an exciting event for all of the qualified teams," said Ryan. "It will allow us to focus our preparation for the World Cup as we make specific plans for each of our first-round opponents. The U.S. team had a very tough draw for the 2003 Women's World Cup and this year the field is even stronger. I am looking forward to seeing who we will play in September and getting back to work."

The World Stars will be led by former Germany coach Tina Theune-Meyer, who led her 2003 team to the Cup title, and England head coach Hope Powell. Joining Lilly on the World Stars, who will feature players from all 16 qualified teams, are goalkeeper Bente Nordby of Norway, Australia captain Cheryl Salisbury, Sweden striker Lotta Schelin and forward Birgit Prinz of Germany.

"I think it's a huge honor to be selected to play in a World All-Star game," Lilly said. "It really is a lot of fun to play with players from all around the world."

With the exception of Europe, which has five teams in the tournament, no group will have more than one team from a specific confederation.


The field for the 2007 Women's World Cup to be played September 10-30 in China:

Host: China
Asia: Australia, North Korea, Japan.
Africa: Nigeria, Ghana.
North America, Central America, Caribbean: United States, Canada.
Europe: Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, England.
Oceania: New Zealand.
South America: Argentina, Brazil.


The Wormen's World Cup venues:


Shanghai:
Shanghai Hongkou Football Stadium (six first-round matches, third-place match, championship game).
Tianjin: - Tianjin Olympic Center Stadium (two first-round matches, two quarterfinal matches, one semifinal match).
Hangzhou: Zhejiang Dragon Stadium (six first-round matches, one semifinal match).
Wuhan: Wuhan Sports Center Stadium (four first-round matches, two quarterfinal matches).
Chengdu: Chengdu Sports Center Stadium (six first-round matches).

Group A will be based in Shanghai.
Group B will be based in Chengdu.
Group C will be based in Hangzhou.
Group D will be based in Wuhan.

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