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U.S. adds June 5 friendly against Japan

The United States will play Japan in an international friendly at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland on Sunday, June 5. The match extends the series between the rivals to two games over four days. The teams will meet June 2 at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Colorado. The June 5 match, at the home of the Cleveland Browns, will be televised live by ESPN2 starting at 12:30 p.m. EDT.

The United States and Japan have played in the last three major international finals with Japan winning the 2011 World Cup and the United States taking the 2012 Olympic gold medal and 2015 World Cup. However this series will be Olympic preparation only for the United States. Japan slipped up in Asian Olympic qualifying, finishing third and missing out to Australia and China.

The United States will play New Zealand, France, and Colombia in their Olympic group.

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