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Posted at 9:48 PM ET, 01/30/2011

U.S.-Egypt soccer friendly in Cairo is in jeopardy, but could an alternate venue be in the works?

By Steve Goff

With Egypt's political crisis intensifying and concerns over safety growing, the Feb. 9 friendly between the United States and the reigning African champions in Cairo is very much in doubt.

However, in an attempt to salvage the match, organizers are apparently exploring alternate venues in that region. There is also the possibility of the match being postponed to a later date or canceled. From what I've been able to piece together, a decision should be reached in the next two days.

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U.S. Soccer Federation officials said Sunday night that no new details concerning the status of the match were available. On Friday, the federation said it was monitoring the situation closely and in regular contact with the Department of State and U.S. Embassy in Cairo.

U.S. coaches and players, most from European clubs, are scheduled to begin arriving in Egypt this coming weekend. The roster is supposed to be released mid- to late week.

Should the match be called off, it's unlikely the USSF would be able to arrange for a new opponent and venue on such short notice. Next on the U.S. schedule are friendlies against Argentina on March 26 at the New Meadowlands Stadium in New Jersey and March 29 against Paraguay in Nashville.

By Steve Goff  | January 30, 2011; 9:48 PM ET
Categories:  Egypt, U.S. men's national team, USSF  | Tags:  Egypt, U.S. national soccer team  
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Comments

Why can't they just play in another country... It can be anywhere. It's a friendly, don't want players to be put at risk but they can easily move this game.

Posted by: ChrisWV | January 30, 2011 10:01 PM | Report abuse

Play it in Mauritius! Perhaps troy6 could help you arrange that... ;)

Posted by: DadRyan | January 30, 2011 10:16 PM | Report abuse

Moving probably cost money, money neither federations wants to eat. The biggest expenditure must be paying for a stadia.

I hope Igm answers my question from the Adu story.

Posted by: grubbsbl | January 30, 2011 10:23 PM | Report abuse

Staging a soccer friendly is the least of Egypt's concerns. Reschedule the match.

Posted by: Rand-al-Thor | January 30, 2011 10:33 PM | Report abuse

Plus, the federation of the host country has to agree and may want a cut of the action as well.

Posted by: BooThisMan | January 30, 2011 10:38 PM | Report abuse

The Department of State has issued a travel warning for Egypt. If the Egyptian federation doesn't cancel the match, the USSF should simply cancel it themselves.

I don't know what they're waiting for.

Posted by: lastort1 | January 30, 2011 11:09 PM | Report abuse

If at all possible, I say we press on with this game. It just may be the only thing that will stop the violence. At least for 90 minutes. I think they should move the game to a smaller city in Egypt away from Cairo though. I am sure they could find something near Sharm El Sheikh.

Posted by: TomAzUSA | January 31, 2011 12:29 AM | Report abuse

sure, bring 'em down here. I have a 30k seat stadium sitting empty by my house (local league is in off season). also, it's summer down here!

grubbs: i'm with you, but if lgm really knew these folks, I'm guessing he would be able to spell Tarzy's name correctly.

Posted by: troy6 | January 31, 2011 12:32 AM | Report abuse

They should play the game in Rome.
There is "Stadio Flaminio" available It's a 30k seats stadium in the center of Rome, and would cost just 20k to rent it.
Furthermore, Rome it's easy to be reached and it's full of Egyptians and Americans.
Why not?

Posted by: SoccerItalia | January 31, 2011 2:45 AM | Report abuse

They should play the game in Rome.
There is "Stadio Flaminio" available It's a 30k seats stadium in the center of Rome, and would cost just 20k to rent it.
Furthermore, Rome it's easy to be reached and it's full of Egyptians and Americans.
Why not?

Posted by: SoccerItalia | January 31, 2011 2:46 AM | Report abuse

I'm guessing he would be able to spell Tarzy's name correctly.

Posted by: troy6
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post-coffee, I realized this was a little snarky. sorry, lgm.

Posted by: troy6 | January 31, 2011 6:52 AM | Report abuse

"I hope Igm answers my question from the Adu story."
Posted by: grubbsbl
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I hope he doesn't. There's a value in anonymity.

Posted by: nairbsod | January 31, 2011 9:02 AM | Report abuse

No one really cares about any of your silly comments. Just be silent. Take care of your responsibilities and you will be told, if or when there will be a match. Good grief. This is not Armageddon.

Posted by: IndependentPatriot | January 31, 2011 9:18 AM | Report abuse

No one really cares about any of your silly comments. Just be silent. Take care of your responsibilities and you will be told, if or when there will be a match. Good grief. This is not Armageddon.

Posted by: IndependentPatriot | January 31, 2011 9:19 AM | Report abuse

not sure it is really all that easy to move it on such short notice. Even if you did find a reasonably priced venue, what about ticketing, who's going to go, etc? And then there is security, vending, etc that has to be prepared for. Or if this is just a glorified scrimmage then you could do that anywhere and not worry about spectators.

Posted by: fedssocr | January 31, 2011 9:21 AM | Report abuse

Jozy's latest tweet indicates he is being loaned...

Posted by: Reignking | January 31, 2011 9:29 AM | Report abuse

This is Armageddon. Even the trailer looks awful -- 2 hours that feel like the end of the world.

Posted by: fischy | January 31, 2011 9:30 AM | Report abuse

This is Armageddon. Even the trailer looks awful -- 2 hours that feel like the end of the world.

Posted by: fischy | January 31, 2011 9:31 AM | Report abuse

I know...(wait for it)...ask Qatar to host it. Tell the QFF that Chuck Blazer didn't get his bribe and instead we'll take a free hosting. Qatar picks up the stadium costs, and the US and Egypt split the gate (that should be about 3,000 fans). What's not to like about this arrangement?

Posted by: JoeW1 | January 31, 2011 9:39 AM | Report abuse

@lastort1: Exactly what I have been thinking.

@joeW1: Well played. Golazo-azo-azo!

Posted by: yankiboy | January 31, 2011 9:45 AM | Report abuse

LOL @ IndyPatriot. Thanks for the chuckle holier than thou.

Posted by: DadRyan | January 31, 2011 10:01 AM | Report abuse

Rumors are there is an 18 month deal for Jozy to go to Buraspor in Turkey.

http://villarrealusa.org/?p=4658&cpage=1#comment-12854

Posted by: nicholas6 | January 31, 2011 10:22 AM | Report abuse

"No one really cares about any of your silly comments"

--from the guy who cared enough to click 'submit' twice.

How's the weather in Pyongyang, comrade?

Posted by: fallschurch1 | January 31, 2011 10:23 AM | Report abuse

Move the USA v Egypt friendly to the Soccerplex.

I suggest unlimited FREE TICKETS, unlimited FREE BEER, unlimited FREE PARKING but very LIMITED SEATING. Throw in some Mubarik posters to ensure the perfect enviornment for a Simpsons-style soccer riot and face it, that's what we all secretly want isn't it?

http://www.comicbeat.com/videos/Cartoon_Videos/Soccer_Riot_-_The_Simpsons

Posted by: 9Nine9 | January 31, 2011 10:24 AM | Report abuse

Wow, Andy Reid to Blackpool.

Posted by: Reignking | January 31, 2011 10:31 AM | Report abuse

I hear that Qatar needs to host some international matches to prep for 2020.

Posted by: Modibo | January 31, 2011 10:48 AM | Report abuse

Maybe Qatar can let all those that couldn't get in to the Asia Cup final in to an Egypt - US match!
http://soccernet.espn.go.com/news/story/_/id/873723/questions-remain-after-asian-cup-final-ticket-farce-in-qatar?cc=5901

Posted by: FulhamDC | January 31, 2011 11:04 AM | Report abuse

Um...

Chris Murphy:
DONE DEAL: Nottingham Forest have sealed the signing of US striker Robbie Findley from Real Salt Lake on a free.

Wasn't this done a while ago?

Posted by: Reignking | January 31, 2011 11:22 AM | Report abuse

Wow, Andy Reid to Blackpool.

Posted by: Reignking | January 31, 2011 10:31 AM

Michael Vick going with him?

Posted by: Rand-al-Thor | January 31, 2011 11:25 AM | Report abuse

Liverpool very busy today. Andy Carroll and Charlie Adam in. Torres out?

Posted by: fischy | January 31, 2011 12:45 PM | Report abuse

After reading this, I would be stunned if this game goes ahead in any venue.

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2011/writers/dave_zirin/01/31/egypt.soccer/index.html?eref=sircrc

Posted by: IamAM | January 31, 2011 12:49 PM | Report abuse

I can't believe you guys...Don't none of you believe that Soccer transcends All? Can't this game bring peace to a region in great turmoil? I say play the game same as planned! (But If I were Bob Bradley I would not take players like Donovan and Dempsey, I would take guys like McTavsish and Simms instead... ;)

Posted by: alan19 | January 31, 2011 1:31 PM | Report abuse

Tottenham is about to pick up G. Rossi for £30m (Sid Lowe says otherwise) and possibly picking up D. Forlan as well.

Suarez, Carroll and Adams to Liverpool for £71m total; Torres and D. Luiz to Chelsea also for about £70m .

All these deals are imminent, pending personal terms.


Unbelievable amount of money being thrown around in the PL.

BTW, Man. United picked up Chicharito in the summer for £7m.

Posted by: RedDevil1 | January 31, 2011 2:07 PM | Report abuse

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