January 29, 2011
EGYPT TRAVEL ALERT
Will State Department's announcement affect the U.S. Feb. 9 friendly?
The U.S. State Department on Friday issued a travel alert for U.S. citizens regarding the recent unrest in Egypt
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That could put into jeopardy the Feb. 9 friendly match between the United States and Egypt.
The State Department cited a number of reasons, including disrupted travel between cities and the government's interruption of internet and cell phone service.
”Given this situation, the Department of State urges U.S. citizens to defer non-essential travel to Egypt at this time and advises U.S. citizens currently in Egypt to defer non-essential movement and to exercise caution,” the alert from the State Department said.
According to CNN Travel, a Delta Airlines spokesperson said that the last Delta flight will depart Cairo on Saturday, Jan. 29. Other service to and from the Egyptian capital has been "indefinitely suspended," CNN reported.
U.S. Soccer spokesman Neil Buethe said that the organization is aware of the travel alert.
"As of now, we are still planning to play the match," Buethe said. "We will continue to monitor the situation closely. We are receiving daily updates."
The U.S. roster for the game is expected to be released next week. Most of the American players would arrive in Cairo on Feb. 6. The U.S. is expected to use primarily European-based players.