WNT Mar 25, 2012
Night falls on Tokyo as the U.S. team boards the bus to the hotel
The U.S. WNT has arrived in Japan, a bit tired after a long travel day, but excited for two monster matches at the beginning of April. Any time the U.S. team travels to the Asian continent, it's one of the longest trips the team takes (unless you want to drop down to Australia, then that's some hours on a plane, mate), but this trip to Japan came off without a hitch.
The U.S. flew into Tokyo and will spend the night in Japan's capital city before traveling to Sendai on March 26 to prepare to face the hosts on April 1 in a game that can be seen on ESPN2 and ESPN3 at 6:30 a.m. ET. If you live on the West Coast, or parts in between, hopefully you have a DVR or a good alarm clock.
As the team will have only a handful of days before the match, which should be played in front of a large crowd at the 20,000-seat Yurtec Stadium, quick acclimation with be key for the U.S. players, as the West Coasters are 16 hours in time difference and the East Coast 19.
While in Sendai, the U.S. players will hold an event after training for a group of young Japanese female soccer players, many of whom were directly impacted by the terrible earthquake and tsunami over a year ago. Sendai, located on the east coast of northern Japan, suffered catastrophic damage from the magnitude 9.0 offshore earthquake on March 11, 2011 (just nine days after the USA had played Japan in the 2011 Algarve Cup), which triggered a massive, destructive tsunami.
The U.S. WNT does not travel light