Japan will provide a real test

February 10, 2006
By Jeff Carlisle
SAN FRANCISCO -- Japan, the U.S. national team's opponent for Friday's match at SBC Park, may hail from the land of the Rising Sun, but scouts report that the team plays with a decidedly Samba beat. And after watching Japan's practice session on Thursday, that description is strikingly apt.

Quick combinations were the order of the day, while long passes were a rarity. During a half-field scrimmage, scoring wasn't enough. Each team seemed hell-bent on practically walking the ball into ...

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