Japan cancels tour because of flu virus concerns
[U.S. WOMEN] A pair of friendly games -- the first at home in 2009 -- the U.S. women's national team scheduled against Japan were canceled on Tuesday because of Japanese concerns with the H1N1 virus. Instead of games May 20 at Pizza Hut Park in Frisco, Texas, and May 23 at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah, the USA will face Canada at BMO Field in Toronto on May 25 when Japan was scheduled to conclude its North American tour.
"This is an unfortunate situation, but one that we had absolutely no control over," said U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati. "We have been assured that the risk to the participating teams is exceptionally low, but we accept the Japanese federation's decision not to travel."
The Canada game will be broadcast live on Fox Soccer Channel at 7 pm ET.
"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 this 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."
Fans who already purchased tickets to either game will be refunded in full from the original point of purchase.
The U.S. team will be playing matches later in the summer against Canada on July 19 in Rochester, N.Y., and on July 22 in Charleston, S.C.
No comments yet.
|Recent Soccer America Daily Video Pick: All 11 players in on England U-21 goal April 1, 4:39 p.m. |
England beat Germany 3-2 in a U-21 friendly earlier this week. James Ward-Prowse scored the gamewinner ... What They're Saying: Raheem Sterling April 1, 4:23 p.m.
"It's not about the money at all. ... I talk about winning trophies throughout my career. ... What They're Saying: Florida state senator Jeremy Ring April 1, 4:13 p.m.
"My guess is every one of you has seen a coach, a parent-coach, on the other ... MLS adds to Fred suspension April 1, 3:57 p.m.
For the second week in a row, the MLS Disciplinary Committee has added a game to ... Mexico and Argentina friendlies average 56,500 April 1, 3:53 p.m.
Just how strong is the U.S. market for international soccer? Mexico and Argentina both played two ... Road to Russia: Kluivert's Curacao advances April 1, 2:53 p.m.
Former Dutch great Patrick Kluivert has led Curacao to the second World Cup 2018 qualifying round ... Klinsmann, ever the optimist, refuses to buckle April 1, 2:22 p.m.
Another blown lead didn't prevent U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann and his players from finding positives ... Video Pick: Soccer meets 'Game of Thrones' April 1, 2:12 a.m.
Does Brek Shea look like Brienne of Tarth? Lionel Messi like Bran Stark? You can be ... What They're Saying: Jozy Altidore April 1, 1:57 a.m.
"I want to apologize to our fans and my teammates. Emotion got the best of me ... What They're Saying: Jurgen Klinsmann April 1, 1:51 a.m.
"He used some verbal words. I asked the ref, obviously -- I told the players at ... >> Soccer America Daily Archives