U.S. will face Canada and Japan
CHICAGO -- The U.S. soccer team will open its 2006 schedule with an exhibition game against Canada on Jan. 22 at San Diego.
The Americans, preparing for the World Cup in Germany, said last month that they will play Norway on Jan. 29 in Carson, Calif.
In addition to the game announced Thursday against Canada at Torero Stadium, the Americans will play Japan on Feb. 10 at San Francisco, according to an e-mail sent this week to fans by the U.S. Soccer Federation. 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.