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U.S. Soccer to Play Canada, Japan

December 2, 2005

CHICAGO (AP) _ The U.S. soccer team will open its 2006 schedule with an exhibition game against Canada on Jan. 22 at San Diego and will play Japan on Feb. 10 in San Francisco.

The Americans, preparing for the World Cup in Germany, said last month that they will play Norway on Jan. 29 in Carson, Calif.

Canada will face the Americans at Torero Stadium and Japan, which qualified for the World Cup, will play at SBC Park, the U.S. Soccer Federation said Thursday. The three games follow a training camp that starts Jan. 4 in Carson.

The U.S. team also intends to play an exhibition game in Europe on March 1 against an opponent that hasn’t been finalized, and tentatively is slated to face Germany at Dortmund on March 22. The Americans, also likely to play three exhibition games at home in May, will learn their first-round World Cup opponents at the draw on Dec. 9.

The United States is 11-8-8 against Canada, including 6-0-5 in the past 20 years.

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