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TORONTO -- The U.S., Mexico and Costa Rica have punched their ticket to the FIFA U-20 Womens World Cup in Canada this summer, with qualifying ongoing in Africa, Oceania and South America. The U-20 tournament, seen as a test run for the FIFA Womens World Cup in Canada in 2015, is set for Aug. 5-24 in Edmonton, Moncton, Montreal and Toronto. Canada, as host, qualifies automatically for the 16-team competition. Five more spots are up for grabs with Brazil, New Zealand and Nigeria favoured to earn three of them. The high-powered Americans qualified after dominating the CONCACAF Womens Under-20 Championship in the Cayman Islands. The U.S., which won the world under-20 title in 2002, 2008 and 2012, defeated Mexico 3-0 in Sundays regional final. The Americans won all five of their qualifying matches, outscoring the opposition 29-0. Costa Rica also advanced after defeating Trinidad & Tobago 7-3 to finish third in the CONCACAF tournament. The Central Americans trailed by two goals with 20 minutes left in regulation, scoring six unanswered goals. Europe will be represented in Canada by England, Finland, France and two-time world under-20 champion Germany. Qualifying took place last August at the UEFA European Womens U-19 Championship in Wales where France defeated England 2-0 in the final. South Korea, North Korea and China will represent Asia by virtue of the AFC U-19 Womens Championship in October. The African representatives will be the winners of home-away ties this month between Ghana and Equatorial Guinea and Nigeria and South Africa. Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela are competing this month in Uruguay to see which two South American teams qualify for Canada 2014. Brazil has won the last five CONMEBOL qualifying tournaments They will be joined from Oceania by the winner of this months OFC Womens Championship in New Zealand. The Kiwis have won every OFC U-20 Womens Championship since Australia left for the Asian Football Confederation. The FIFA U-20 Womens World Cup is scheduled to open Aug. 5 at BMO Field in Toronto. Twenty-nine matches later, the third-place game and final will take place Aug. 24 at Montreals Olympic Stadium. In 2012, Canada failed to make it to the quarter-finals after going 1-2-0 in round-robin play in Japan. The host Canadian women lost to the U.S. on a golden goal in the final before 47,784 at Edmontons Commonwealth Stadium in the inaugural 2002 competition. Michael Brantley Jersey . Inter Milan ended its five-match winless streak in all competitions by beating 10-man Bologna 3-1 on new manager Claudio Ranieris debut, while injury-plagued AC Milan edged Cesena 1-0 with an early goal from Clarence Seedorf. 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He was cut in training camp by the Edmonton Eskimos in May, but then signed in mid-season just in time to help Montreal turn around what had been a disastrous campaign.The 27-year-old was not the most elegant pivot, completing 58.1 per cent of his passes for a so-so 85.2 quarterback rating. But he took over as starter on a 1-7 team and helped them finish a respectable 9-9.He also led Montreal over British Columbia in the East semifinal before losing a week later to Hamilton.This year, Crompton will have the benefit of a full training camp and go into the season for the first time as the incumbent starter.Were still a long ways from training camp and weve got a lot of work to do, said Crompton, in town for a week-long visit. We need to get ready for mini-camp in April.The organization has to go through the draft and all that. But were excited. Were looking forward to the opportunity ahead. It cant come fast enough.Quarterback was a nightmare position last season as the Alouettes tried to find a replacement for retired CFL all-time passing leader Anthony Calvillo.They thought their guy would be Troy Smith, but the 2006 Heisman Trophy winner struggled to complete passes and rarely ran the ball. The team also didnt win with Tanner Marsh or Alex Brink behind centre.Crompton was fourth on the depth chart when he signed a three-year contract in July.His arrival came just after general manager Jim Popp brought in two coaches, former quarterbacks Jeff Garcia and Turk Schonert, to help inexperienced offensive co-ordinator Ryan Dinwiddie.They liked what they saw in Crompton, who had eight appearances in 2013 as backup to Mike Reilly in Edmonton. He saw his firrst action as an Alouette on Aug.dddddddddddd22 when he relieved Brink in the second quarter of a 24-16 loss to Winnipeg. The Asheville, N.C., native looked sharp as he passed for 266 yards.The next week, he got his first CFL start in a win over Ottawa to start the Alouettes on an unlikely climb back to respectability. Including playoffs, the club went 9-2 with Crompton as the starter.Now he wants to keep it going.Im not going to change the way I prepare now that Im the starter, he said. I prepared the same even when I wasnt the starter.My mindset hasnt changed a bit. Right now, Im just enjoying the off-season with my family, working out and staying focused.He should also benefit from greater stability in the organization. Last off-season, the Alouettes took until late in the winter to name Tom Higgins as head coach get the rest of the staff in place. It took nearly half the season for the staff to be settled.Higgins is back, with defensive co-ordinator Noel Thorpe as assistant head coach, while Kavis Reed will handle special teams. Schonert was promoted to offensive co-ordinator as well as quarterbacks coach, filling in for Garcia who left the quarterbacks position at the end of the season. Dinwiddie remains as an offensive assistant coach along with Calvillo, who will make his coaching debut.Its different not having someone you worked with every day, but this is a business, said Crompton. I havent had back to back (position) coaches since high school.Its always a changing environment, so we try to keep it as constant as possible within ourselves. We wish Jeff the best. He helped me out tremendously, mentally and physically. But now my focus is on this year.Another change is that the long hair will soon be gone. He has already promised it to the Locks For Love campaign, which supplies wigs to kids with cancer.But hair has become his signature feature, so he has vowed to grow it back.Im not going to go completely bald, its just not my look, I guess you can say, he said. I want to have a decent length of hair. 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