January 31, 2011
U.S. won’t play in Egypt
CHICAGO – The United States National Team will not play its February 9 game against Cairo in Egypt due to the current unrest in the country. After exploring other options, U.S. Soccer has determined it will not play a match on this fixture date.
On Friday, the U.S. State Department issued a travel warning, advising Americans to avoid unessential travel to the country.
“We were excited about the opportunity to play against Egypt, but due to the current situation all parties agreed it was best to cancel the match,” said U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati. “We appreciate the efforts of the Egyptian Football Association and the U.S. State Department as we worked through this situation.”
The USA’s next international friendlies will be played in March, beginning with a match against two-time FIFA World Cup Champion Argentina on March 26 in East Rutherford, N.J. Kickoff at the New Meadowlands Stadium is set for 7 p.m. ET, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and Univision. Three days later, the U.S. hosts Paraguay at LP Field in Nashville. That match will be televised live on an ESPN network and TeleFutura beginning at 8 p.m. ET.