USA (Last year: Last in Group A) - Generally speaking, bad attitudes and no work ethic plus a lack of basic soccer skills will prevent USA from ever becoming a contender.
Hungary (Last year: DNP) - Pretty much a U20 club team, Hungary could earn three wins in an easy group because of technical skill and coaching. However with some young players who are easily rattled, their downfall could be playing against women’s teams that will be more physically aggressive. May also be missing a few key players due to injuries.
Northern Ireland (Last year: DNP) - A division four women’s team who I’ve heard are in it for fun… Good for them. Hopefully they have fun not winning any games.
Portugal (Last year: 4th in Group A) - A couple of decent players/workhorses may be enough to get some wins in this group. Would definitely benefit from a coach, if they don’t already have one.
Ukraine (last year top 4) - Ukraine is the team that just never goes away and will have no problem advancing out of this group. Rumors of a few Saskatoon pick-ups and a couple young players will help rejuvenate this group of solid vets who play together year round.
6. N. Ireland
First and second place will be determined by one game in this group: Scotland vs. Ukraine. It won’t even matter how many dozens of goals they score against the rest of the teams.