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China, Germany, Japan are the opponents for 8th U.S. Women’s Cup

CHICAGO (Wednesday, June 6, 2001) -- China, Germany and Japan were invited today as the opponents foe the United States for the U.S. Women’s Cup which will be played September 7-16 in Chicago, Columbus, Ohio, and Kansas City, Mo.

The four-nation round robin sets up the first U.S.-China meeting since the 1999 World Cup final which the Americans won 5-4 in penalty kicks after 120 minutes of scoreless play.

"China is a better team now than they were in the Olympics," U.S. coach April Heinrichs said. "They've replaced some of their older players, but it's astounding how quickly their younger players are stepping in at a high level without skipping a beat."

The American team has won all seven previous U.S. Women's Cups with a cumulative 20-0 record. The U.S. has a 11-7-9 record against China, 10-3-1 against Germany, and 13-0-1 versus Japan.

"This will be the first time our players will come together. . . for six months" because they are playing in the Women’s United Soccer Association, Heinrichs said.

On September 7 in Chicago, Japan plays Germany, the two-time defending European champion at a yet to be determined site. Two days later at Soldier Field in Chicago, the U.S. plays at 1 p.m. in a match televised by ESPN with China meeting Japan in the second game of the doubleheader.

On September 11, Columbus Crew Stadium is the venue for a doubleheader in which the Americans play Japan at 9 p.m. on ESPN2. The 6:30 opener pits China against Germany.

The tournament concludes on September 16 with the U.S. taking on China at 1 p.m. on ESPN with that match being followed by a Major League Soccer affair with the Kansas City Wizards hosting the Colorado Rapids.

Eighth U.S. Women’s Cup
(all times Eastern)

Friday, September 7
in Chicago (venue not yet determined)
Germany vs. Japan, TBA

Sunday, September 9
at Soldier Field in Chicago

USA vs. Germany, 1 p.m., ESPN
China vs. Japan, 3:30 p.m.

Tuesday, September 11
at Columbus (Ohio) Crew Stadium

China vs. Germany, 6:30 p.m.
United States vs. Japan, 9 p.m., ESPN2

Sunday, September 16
at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo.

U.S. vs. China, 1 p.m., ESPN
Kansas City Wizards vs. Colorado Rapids, 3:30 p.m.

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