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May 12, 2011
US team to auction jerseys for Japan aid

CHICAGO – The autographed game-worn jerseys of all 21 U.S. Women’s World Cup Team players from the USA-Japan match on May 14 at Columbus Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio, will be available via an Internet auction with all the proceeds going to benefit the Japanese tsunami relief.

It will be the on-field debut of the new, black U.S. WNT jersey. The U.S. will wear the jerseys for the first time and, following the match, the jerseys will be washed and every player will sign each shirt. Information on how fans can bid for the jerseys will be made available following the game.

The Japanese Women’s National Team is in the United States to prepare for its Women’s World Cup run and these will be the first international games for the squad since the devastating tsunami hit the northeast part of the country, causing billions of dollars in damage and the loss of at least 18,000 lives.

“We all watched the unbelievable devastation and understand the impact on the Japanese and their culture,” said U.S. forward Abby Wambach. “Our country has gone through natural disasters and I think we can relate to the hard times and struggles they are going through. We really respect the Japanese team, their players, their people and their country so we want to do whatever we can as a team to help them in any small ways that we can.”

Prior to both upcoming matches against Japan – in Columbus and on May 18 at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C. – there will be a moment of silence to honor the victims of the disaster.

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