Brazil set to challenge USA for berth in Ford World Men's Curling Championship 2015

Brazil will challenge the USA for the right to compete in a World Men's Curling Championship for the third time this winter.

Brazil, a World Curling Federation member since 1998, will challenge the USA for the second Americas zone berth at the Ford World Men's Curling Championship 2015 this April in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

The USA will host the challenge, which will be a best-of-five game competition, from 30 January until 1 February 2015 at the Four Seasons Curling Club in Blaine, Minnesota.

Twelve teams compete at both the men's and women's World Curling Championships each year. Two teams represent the Americas Zone, encompassing both North and South America.

Since the inception of the World Championships, the only two WCF Member Associations to represent the Americas have been Canada and the USA.

Canada has qualified for the 2015 Ford World Men's Curling Championship in Halifax by finishing higher than the USA at the CPT World Men's Curling Championship 2014 held last spring in Beijing, China, and by virtue of hosting this year's World Championship.

The U.S. will be represented at the Americas Challenge by a team from within USA Curling's High Performance Programme, as determined by the national team coaches and director of high performance.

Brazil challenged the USA in 2009 and 2010 for world berths with the USA sealing its appearance in those World Championships by winning the challenge each time in three straight games.

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