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Takuya Yamada: Japan's group 'is not super tough'

The 40-year-old midfielder isn't too worried about Colombia, Greece or Ivory Coast

MLS: U.S. Open Cup-Seattle Sounders at Tampa Bay Rowdies

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May 29, 2013; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Tampa bay Rowdies defender Takuya Yamada (32) kicks against the Seattle Sounders FC during the second half of the U.S. Open Cup at Al Lang Stadium. Tampa Bay Rowdies defeated the Seattle Sounders FC 1-0. (Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports)

SOCCERLY.COM: While removed from one another by several time zones and (at least) a pair of lengthy flights, not to mention distinct sporting traditions, the respective home nations of Rowdies' teammates Takuya Yamada and Evans Frimpong, Japan and Ghana, do share one trait. 

Since qualifying for a first World Cup recently by competition standards, both have become fixtures of the event—expected members of a diverse parade of nations that is liable to shed its skin and reveal a new quilt of flags every four years. ... read more at

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