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US Soccer Federation cancels Qatar training over 'developing situation' in Middle East

The US men's team said it hope to train the future in Qatar [Getty]

Date of publication: 4 January, 2020

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The United States Soccer Federation has cancelled a training session in Qatar over escalating hostilities between Iran and the US in the Middle East.

The US men’s football team has canceled its plan to train in Doha, Qatar, from Jan. 5-25 “due to the developing situation in the region.”

The US Soccer Federation announced the decision on Friday, a day after a US military air struck killed top Iranian military commander Gen. Qassem Soleimani.

The Americans will move training to a site in the United States that has not yet been determined. They will be use a roster of players mostly from Major League Soccer ahead of an exhibition against Costa Rica in Feb. 1 at Carson, California.

The USSF said it hopes to train in the future at Qatar, host of the 2022 World Cup.

On Friday, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres issued a warning following the killing of top Iranian commander Gen. Qassem Soleimani, saying the "world cannot afford" another Gulf war.

"The secretary-general has consistently advocated for de-escalation in the Gulf," a spokesman for Guterres said in a statement.

"This is a moment in which leaders must exercise maximum restraint. The world cannot afford another war in the Gulf."

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