USA Softball looks to rebound with three-game series against Japan
SENDAI, Japan --- The USA Softball National team will look to rebound after suffering back-to-back losses when they take the field Wednesday, August 3 at 7 p.m. against Japan. A three-game series at Sendai’s indoor Shellcom Stadium, the U.S. will have a double-header on Thursday before traveling back the United States on Friday.
“We are excited to be here for this event,” said head coach Mike Candrea. “It is a great opportunity to gain experience for all our players. We have had some ups and downs, but this is the beginning of our preparation for the Games in 2008 and we have several young athletes we need to put on the field and evaluate. I am looking forward to four years of hard work leading up to the Games and events like this are a strong part of the process.”
The U.S. placed second at the 2005 Japan Cup on Sunday afternoon after falling 3-0 to Japan in the championship game. The loss marked Team USA’s third consecutive to Japan this summer. On July 18, pitcher Yukiko Ueno defeated the U.S. 3-1 in the championship game of the World Cup and on July 30 the Japanese captured a 1-0 win in 10 innings.
SENDAI MAYOR FUJII GREETS TEAM USA
The Honorable Mayor Fujii of Sendai City, Japan, greeted the U.S. and Japanese teams on Tuesday afternoon when the teams visited the City Hall. The Mayor welcomed everyone and is looking forward to hosting the series with Japan and the U.S. Each member of the delegation was given a traditional Japanese fan as a sign of their gratitude and appreciation.
The Amateur Softball Association, founded in 1933, is the National Governing Body of softball in the United States and a member of the United States Olympic Committee. The ASA has become one of the nation’s largest sports organizations and now sanctions competition in every state through a network of 88 local associations. The ASA has grown from a few hundred teams in the early days to over 240,000 teams today, representing a membership of more than three million. For more information on the ASA, visit www.asasoftball.com
About USA Softball
USA Softball is the brand created, operated and owned by the ASA that links the USA Men’s, Women’s, Junior Boys’ and Junior Girls’ National Team programs together. USA Softball is responsible for training, equipping and promoting these four National Teams to compete in international and domestic competitions. The USA Softball Women’s National Team is one of the only two women’s sports involved in the Olympic movement to capture three consecutive gold medals at the Olympic Games since 1996. The U.S. women have also won seven World Championship titles including the last five consecutive.