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Japan, U.S. women to play matches

Updated: March 17, 2011, 1:12 PM ET
Associated Press

CHICAGO -- The Japanese women's soccer team will play two exhibition games against the United States to prepare for the World Cup.

The teams will play May 14 in Columbus, Ohio, and May 18 at Cary, N.C., the U.S. Soccer Federation said Thursday.

USSF spokesman Neil Buethe said planning for the matches started before the earthquake that struck Japan last week.

"Our entire team and staff have great sympathy for the people of Japan following the tragedies that struck their country ...

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