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U.S. women

Visit to Japan is scheduled, qualifying road is set.

(Friday, April 7, 2006) -- Japan will host the United States women for a pair of friendlies next month.

The U.S. and Japan will square off May 7 in Kumamoto and two days later in Osaka. It will be the Americans' first games since finishing second last month in the 2006 Algarve Cup in Portugal. Both matches are in southern Japan with Kumamoto located on the southernmost island of Kyushu and Osaka found on the main island of Honshu.

Meanwhile, the U.S. women learned their qualifying road to the 2007 Women's World Cup in China with CONCACAF, the region of North America, Central America and the Caribbean, announcing its format. The 2006 Women's Gold Cup will serve as the qualifying tournament and will be staged in November in the U.S. at venues to be determined.

The U.S. and Canada will receive first-round byes in a six-nation, single-elimination tournament with the two championship game participants automatically qualifying for the Women's World Cup. CONCACAF's third-place finisher, determined with a match between semifinal losers, will face Asia's third-place team in a two-match, home-and-away series with aggregate goals deciding the winner.

This means the U.S. and Canada each need to win only game to qualify for China '07.

The U.S. is currently ranked second behind Germany in the rankings of world governing body FIFA. Japan, led by midfielder Homare Sawa is 11th.

The U.S. is 4-0-3 in 2006 with all games being played abroad. The Americans won the Four Nations Cup in China in January.

The U.S. team will play many matches this summer with two already set for July. The Americans will face Sweden July 15 at the National Sports Center in Blaine, Minn., a 6 p.m. (ET) start, and take on Canada July 30 at SAS Soccer Park in Cary, N.C., a 1 p.m. game. Both outings will be televised by ESPN2 and Telemundo.

The May 7 match at the 32,000-seat KK Wing Stadium (to be played at midnight ET) will be the first meeting between the U.S. and Japan since the Americans prevailed 2-1 in the 2004 Summer Olympics quarterfinals on August 20, 2004.

The second leg will be played at the 50,000-seat Nagai Stadium with a 3:30 a.m. kickoff. It will serve as the opening game of a doubleheader that has Japan's men playing a 2006 World Cup tune-up against Bulgaria. Nagai hosted three 2002 World Cup matches.

The U.S. women swept a three-game tour in 1998, the Americans last visit to Japan, That trip had stops in Tokyo, Kobe and Yokohama.

The U.S. is 14-0-3 all-time against Japan, but has had difficulties with the Japanese in the most recent meetings. Before the Americans won in the Olympics on goals by Kristine Lilly and Abby Wambach, the previous three meetings between the countries had ended in draws -- a 1-1 tie in 2000, a 0-0 stalemate in 2003 and a 1-1 deadlock in 2004.

No other team had tied the U.S. women in three consecutive meetings.

While the U.S. women have made numerous trips to China over the years, the two-game set in Japan will mark just the third trip to the Asian Confederation for matches not in China. Prior to the trip to Japan in 1998, the USA had visited Taiwan in 1987.

During that 1998 trip to Japan, Lilly set the world record for international appearances for women with her 152nd cap. She now has 306 international appearances.

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