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Match set for Jan. 12 in California

Updated: November 19, 2002, 8:03 PM ET
Associated Press

SAN DIEGO -- The U.S. women's national soccer team will open its 2003 schedule against Japan on Jan. 12 in preparations for the World Cup in China.

The women will play their first full international game in Torero Stadium. The team's training base is located near San Diego in Chula Vista.

The Americans then will travel to China for a late-January tournament. The Women's World Cup is in the fall of 2003.

Japan is led by captain Homare Sawa, a midfielder for the WUSA's Atlanta ...

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