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U.S. Women to Face Canada in Toronto on May 25

Posted by iamhannah on May 12, 2009

Change in Schedule Will See U.S. Play in Canada for First Time Since 2001
Both the USA’s Abby Wambach and Canada’s Christine Sinclair Shoot for 100th International GoalCHICAGO (May 12, 2009) – The U.S. Women’s National Team has added a May 25 friendly against Canada in Toronto to replace two previously canceled matches against Japan. The match will kick off at 7 p.m. ET at BMO Field, Canada’s national stadium and home to Toronto FC of Major League Soccer.

The game will be broadcast live on Fox Soccer Channel, and fans can follow the match online via ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker.

Canada was previously to play host to Japan on May 25, but after the Japanese pulled out of their North American tour, the U.S. will now travel to Canada for the first time since 2001 when the two teams also met in Toronto. That match was played at the old Varsity Stadium and ended in a 2-2 draw in front of 9,023 fans, which at the time was the largest crowd ever to watch the Canadian women’s team in Canada.

“I am grateful that we could put together a game on such short notice and want to thank the WPS teams and officials for their flexibility in unique situation,” said U.S. head coach Pia Sundhage. “We’ve been watching a lot of WPS games and it will be so nice to have all the players together who have performed well in the league. I am very happy that the USA and Canada could get together to organize this match.”

The quick arrangement of the match in Toronto means that the USA and Canada will play three times this summer as the two countries were already scheduled to meet twice in July in the United States, on July 19 in Rochester, N.Y., and on July 22 in Charleston, S.C. Tickets are available for both games through ussoccer.com, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and at all Ticketmaster ticket centers throughout the Rochester and Charleston areas. Groups of 20 or more can obtain an order form at ussoccer.com or call 312-528-1290.

The USA and Canada played five times in 2008, with the USA post a 4-0-1 record that included topping Canada in the CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Final in penalty kicks. One of the victories came in overtime in a Beijing Olympic quarterfinal, and the U.S. also edged Canada 1-0 in the Peace Queen Cup Final in South Korea.

The match presents an interesting and historic scenario for both teams’ star strikers as the USA’s Abby Wambach and Canada’s Christine Sinclair will each be going for their 100th career international goals in the same match, the first time that has ever happened in soccer history.

The match also marks the return to international play for Wambach for the first time since she suffered a broken leg in the USA’s final pre-Olympic match last July.

While the USA and Canada have played 44 times in their histories, the most meetings with the USA by any country other than Norway (45 games), the USA’s trip to Canada is certainly rare. Of the 44 matches, just four have been played in Canada, 25 have been in the United States and 15 at neutral sites. The USA is 3-0-1 against the Maple Leafs in matches played in Canada.

Source: US Soccer

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U.S. WNT Matches Against Japan Cancelled

Posted by iamhannah on May 12, 2009

The Japanese Women’s National Team has pulled out of the two upcoming matches in the United States due to the H1N1 Virus (Swine Flu).  The two matches were in Frisco, Texas, and Sandy, Utah on May 20 and May 23 respectfully. The Japanese team were also to play Canada in Toronto on May 25.

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Los Angeles Sol Signs Japanese Midfielder Aya Miyama

Posted by iamhannah on February 4, 2009


Los Angeles – Wednesday, February 4, 2009 – The Los Angeles Sol of Women’s Professional Soccer have signed Japanese midfielder Aya Miyama, the club announced today. Per club and WPS policy, terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

The 24-year-old Miyama is one of the best young players in the world, and is quickly becoming the cornerstone of the Japanese Women’s National Team.  Her play in the Olympic Football Tournament in Beijing helped lead Japan to the semifinal stage of that event for the first time in their history.

“We are certainly pleased to add an international player of this caliber to an already talented roster that includes players like Shannon Boxx and Marta,” said Sol Head Coach Abner Rogers. “We welcome Aya to Los Angeles and to her new playing home today, and look forward to having her return here full-time for the start of training camp on March 1.”

Miyama is a gifted midfielder who can use both feet to strike the ball with equally impressive results. She has shown the ability to take over a game and will be asked to take on a leadership role in the Sol’s midfield.  The added firepower and depth provided by Miyama will be crucial as the Sol looks to put the best possible lineup on the field each week and play attractive, attacking soccer.

“The season is fast approaching and we already are in the process of pulling our preseason roster together and this signing represents a big step,” said Sol General Manager Charlie Naimo.


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