The first of two duels between the women of the United States and Orange has been canceled, due to the death of the American team manager Larry Amar. The game would be played on Friday.

47-year-old Amar died earlier this week while on the road with the American team. He was a member of the staff since February last year. Nothing has been disclosed about the cause of death.

As a player, Amar came to more than 200 international matches for the United States. He acted as captain of his team at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta.

The US and Orange would play against each other twice in North Carolina: Friday and Sunday. The second game will continue as usual and will count double according to the FIH rules on canceled games. The winning team earns six points instead of three.

The Netherlands started the new season in the Pro League strongly earlier this month. The first matches in and against China were won by team coach Alyson Annan with 0-3 and 2-4.