March 17, 2011
TWO AGAINST JAPAN
U.S. Women host friendlies in May
CHICAGO – The U.S. Women's National Soccer Team, which ahs a 49 game unbeaten streak (44-0-5) at home, will play a pair of domestic matches in May to prepare for the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup, facing Japan on May 14 at Columbus Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio, and on May 18 at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C.
The match at Columbus Crew Stadium will kick off at 6:30 p.m. ET and be broadcast live exclusively on Fox Soccer. The second leg in Cary kicks off at 7 p.m. ET and will air live on ESPN2.
“Our entire team and staff have great sympathy for the people of Japan following the tragedies that struck their country and we are looking forward to hosting the team here in the United States,” said U.S. head coach Pia Sundhage. “We have tremendous respect for the Japanese players, for the way they play the game and for the heart they show on the field, and we will be expecting two excellent matches.”
Following the matches against Japan, the U.S. women will have one more domestic friendly before departing for a pre-Women’s World Cup training camp in Austria in mid-June. That game will be on June 5 with an opponent and venue still to be confirmed.
The USA will be playing Japan for the second and third times in 2011 after having defeated the perennial Asian power 2-1 on March 2 in the opening game of the Algarve Cup on goals from Amy Rodriguez and Megan Rapinoe.
The U.S. women have a record of 6-1-0 so far in 2011, having won two tournament titles with championships at the Four Nations in China in January and the Algarve Cup in Portugal in March.