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U.S. team cancels Egypt soccer match

CHICAGO, Jan. 31 (UPI) -- A soccer match between the United States and Egypt has been canceled because of the civil unrest in Egypt, the U.S. Soccer Federation said Monday.

The international friendly had been set for Feb. 9 in Cairo. Officials said other potential venues were explored, but in the end the U.S. team decided to leave the date open.

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"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," U.S. Soccer 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 cancellation means the next game for the U.S. national team won't come until March 26 against Argentina, with a match against Paraguay following three days later.

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