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Canada to play U.S. in World Cup warmup
« on: February 21, 2007, 10:12:54 AM »
VANCOUVER (CP) - The national women's soccer team will renew its rivalry with the U.S. in a May 12 game in Frisco, Tex., as both teams prepare for the World Cup in China.

U.S. head coach Greg Ryan said the game will test his team against a World Cup-calibre opponent. "They are a highly committed team and the rivalry between the U.S. and Canada makes both teams better," Ryan said in a statement. "It will be another great opportunity for us to get players quality minutes."

The U.S. women's team is currently ranked No. 2 in the world by FIFA, soccer's international governing body. Germany is No. 1 and Canada 11th.

The game, at the home of MLS's FC Dallas, will be played on the day before Mother's Day and feature the U.S. wearing unique pink jerseys to support and promote Breast Cancer Awareness. It will be the first time the U.S. women's team has worn a special edition jersey.

Canada lost a heartbreaking 2-1, overtime decision against the U.S. when the teams last played in the final of the CONCACAF women's Gold Cup, last November at Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.

Overall, Canada has a 3-32-3 record against the U.S. The last time Canada beat the Americans was a 3-1 win back on Nov. 11, 2000.

Canadian coach Even Pellerud has already lined up eight exhibition games to prepare his side for the women's World Cup, but hopes to play between 12 and 15.

Besides the U.S., Canada will travel to China for a pair of games. The team will also compete at the Pan-American Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in July.

The national team used a 4-0 win over Jamaica during the women's Gold Cup to secure a berth at the World Cup.

Canada finished fourth at the 2003 women's World Cup, losing to the U.S. in the bronze medal game.

The 2007 women's World Cup will be staged from Sept. 10-30 at five venues in China.