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Posted at 4:53 PM ET, 01/31/2011

U.S.-Egypt friendly canceled because of unrest

By Washington Post sports editors

The scheduled Feb. 9 friendly between the U.S. men's national team and Egypt has been canceled because of the current unrest in the country, the U.S. Soccer Federation announced Monday. The teams were scheduled to meet in Cairo. After exploring other options, the U.S. has determined it will not play a match on this fixture date.

"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," USSF President Sunil Gulati said. "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 World Cup champion Argentina on March 26 in East Rutherford, N.J. Three days later, the U.S. team hosts Paraguay at LP Field in Nashville.

By Washington Post sports editors  | January 31, 2011; 4:53 PM ET
Categories:  Egypt, U.S. men's national team  | Tags:  Egypt, U.S. national team  
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clearly, Bob's fault.

Posted by: VTUnited | January 31, 2011 5:20 PM | Report abuse

Agreed, VTUnited. If he hadn't started Clark, none of this would have happened.

And don't even get me started on the role Kevin Payne played in this...

Posted by: Rand-al-Thor | January 31, 2011 5:26 PM | Report abuse

I blame the Park Police.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | January 31, 2011 5:42 PM | Report abuse

"[ElBaradei] studied law at New York University and later worked as a diplomat at Egypt's mission to the United Nations before joining the U.N., turning him into more of a rabid New York Knicks fan than a backer of Egypt's national soccer team."

Posted by: OWNTF | January 31, 2011 5:44 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: OWNTF | January 31, 2011 5:46 PM | Report abuse

Overcome by events.

This would have been a different type friendly than usual for the US and I was looking forward to it. But the decision to cancel was obvious and necessary.

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | January 31, 2011 5:48 PM | Report abuse

El Baradei's a glutton for punishment, then?

Posted by: fischy | January 31, 2011 5:49 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: DCU99fan | January 31, 2011 6:01 PM | Report abuse

Bod Bradley's fault!? Nah... gotta be Kevin Payne.

Posted by: DadRyan | January 31, 2011 6:22 PM | Report abuse

JozyAltidore17 Jozy Altidore
Bursaspor on a six month loan. Thanks for all you continued support.

Posted by: Reignking | January 31, 2011 6:25 PM | Report abuse

Eddie Johnson loaned out once again, this time to Preston.

Posted by: FulhamDC | January 31, 2011 6:33 PM | Report abuse

Anyone familiar enough with the Turkish league to assess Jozy's chances of cracking the starting 11 for Bursaspor?

Posted by: BooThisMan | January 31, 2011 6:58 PM | Report abuse

BoothisMan... After watching Bursaspor in this year's group stage of the champions league I think it is safe to say that Altidore stands a great chance of starting regularly. In every game they went with one lone target striker who was pretty ineffective.

Posted by: grubbsbl | January 31, 2011 7:37 PM | Report abuse

re jozy -

bursaspor is reigning turkish champ, currently in 2nd - they obviously have a good thing going so will be interesting to see how jozy fits in.

ill be mildly surprised if he gets many opportunities...

Posted by: rainORshine | January 31, 2011 7:51 PM | Report abuse

The most obvious choice since New Coke vs Old Coke went to vote.

No brainer. Duh.

It's really no loss from a soccer perspective, as our top players will be able to rest and it's not a WC year.

Plus, from a diplomatic point of view, we can reschedule once Mubarak's been thrown in da 'Nile. It'll make the team and the US look good.

Posted by: delantero | January 31, 2011 9:06 PM | Report abuse

clearly, Bob's fault.

Posted by: VTUnited | January 31, 2011 5:20 PM | Report abuse

It was because of nepotism.

Soccer: the only sport where games get called on the count of revolution.

Posted by: stancollins | January 31, 2011 9:50 PM | Report abuse

Soccer: the only sport where revolutions get put on hold for matches (Ivory Coast)- just not in this case...

Posted by: silverrey | February 1, 2011 3:08 AM | Report abuse

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