China friendlies in USA, Thailand and Hong Kong

China will play three matches in the United States as part of their preparations for July's Asian Cup finals. According to Chinese Football Association spokesman Dong Hua, the national squad will train in the USA from 31 May to 11 June playing the American national team and two Major League Soccer clubs. Local media quoted by Reuters reported that the MLS clubs would be former England captain David Beckham's new team Los Angeles Galaxy and Colorado Rapids but Dong said the opposition had yet to be fixed.

China, runners-up to Japan at the last Asian Cup in 2004, will also play Thailand at Bangkok's Rajamangala Stadium on 16 May before heading to the US, Dong confirmed. The Chinese team will also play Hong Kong in late June to mark the 10-year anniversary of the handover of power in the Special Administrative Region from Britain to China. Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia and Indonesia will co-host the Asian Cup from 7-29 July and China has been drawn in the Group C round with Iran, Uzbekistan and Malaysia to be played in Kuala Lumpur.

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