Staff writerSAN DIEGO — The Kansas City Chiefs will make their second trip to Tokyo to take on the Green Bay Packers on Aug. 2 at the Tokyo Dome in the American Bowl, the National Football League announced Thursday.The American Bowl will resume after a one-year absence for Tokyo’s ninth NFL preseason game — the most for any city. The Packers, the defending Super Bowl champions going into Sunday’s game, will be playing their first game outside North America.The Chiefs won the AFC West with a 13-3 record, the league’s best, matching the Packers and the San Francisco 49ers. They lost to the Denver Broncos 14-10 in the Divisional Playoffs. The Chiefs played in the American Bowl in Tokyo against the Minnesota Vikings in 1994.In other preseason games, the 49ers meet the Seattle Seahawks on Aug. 15 in Vancouver and the Dallas Cowboys face the New England Patriots in Mexico City on Aug. 17.Meanwhile, the NFL announced the European-based World League of American Football has changed its name to “NFL Europe.”Don Garber, NFL International Senior Vice President, said, ” The World League has been the NFL’s primary international vehicle, and we have explored ways to enhance our brand in Europe.””We conducted surveys with fans, league personnel and the media,” Garber said. “The common theme that emerged from these interviews was the need to create a strong link between the NFL and the World League. We have responded by renaming the league.” NFL Europe consists of six teams and plays for 10 weeks on a home-and-away basis. Six Japanese players have played in the European league.

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