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México announces friendly against Japan

Mónica Vergara and México will take on Nadeshiko in Japan on June 13

Spain v Mexico: Women’s International Friendly Photo by Mateo Villalba/Quality Sport Images/Getty Images

The Federación Mexicana de Fútbol (FMF) announced a friendly for the senior women’s national team against Nadeshiko Japan on June 13. The game will take place at Kanseki Stadium in Tochigi Prefecture, Japan at 2:00 PM local time, which is midnight in Mexico City.

This marks the third straight cycle where México will play a friendly and the second straight cycle against a top opponent. Nadeshiko Japan are currently ranked 11th in the world, winning the 2011 World Cup and coming in second in the 2015 World Cup. They were defeated in the 2019 World Cup in the Round of 16 by the Netherlands on a score of 2-1. During the last cycle, México faced 13th ranked Spain as well as Slovakia.

The FMF announced the team would be together from June 8 through June 17, and it’s very likely they will try to play another match during that window. It’s worth noting that Japan is hosting Ukraine for a friendly on June 10, who could be a possible opponent since they’ll already be in Japan.

The game will be part of the MS & AD Cup 2021 series, which is set to be broadcast in Japan on TV Asahi. No word as of yet however if the match will be broadcast outside of Japan.