USA Women to Compete at 2007 Japan Cup

The
Amateur Softball Association (ASA) announced today that the USA Women’s
National Team is back in action tomorrow after a stellar summer season that saw
the team take home three gold medals. The USA National Team returns to the
Japan Cup in
Yokohama,
Japan opening up play tomorrow with

China at 3:30
p.m. local time.

The team
was selected at the selection camp in September and will be the team that
returns to
Beijing,
China
to defend the

United

State’s three gold
medals. At the Japan Cup, they will compete against
China
and

Australia
before the Medal game on Sun. 18.

Since
2003, the

U.S.
has a 10-2 record with two gold medals at the Japan Cup. The team finished in
silver in 2005 against host team

Japan.

This team
returns all members of the 2007 World Cup Championship team along with the
addition of Stacey Nuveman and Lisa Fernandez. The team is again led by Head
Coach Mike Candrea who will coach his second Olympic team in 2008.This will be
the final International competition before the team kicks off its Bound 4
Beijing Tour on Feb. 19 against 2007 National Champion Arizona Wildcats.