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USMNT cancels trip to Qatar for January camp

Costa Rica v United States

SAN JOSE, CA - FEBRUARY 02: Head coach Gregg Berhalter of the United States men’s national team looks on before their international friendly match against Costa Rica at Avaya Stadium on February 2, 2019 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)

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UPDATE: U.S. Soccer has since announced that the USMNT will hold its training camp the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla.

The U.S. men’s national team has canceled its trip to Qatar where it was originally scheduled to hold its annual January training camp.

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The decision was announced on Friday and is due to potential destabilization of the Middle East region following the death of Iranian Gen. Qasem Soleimani on Thursday.

The LA Times first reported that the USMNT will instead hold its January camp in Florida, but the federation has not yet confirmed a new location. U.S. Soccer said in its statement that they are “working with the Qatar Football Association to find an opportunity in the near future for our team to experience Qatar’s world-class facilities and hospitality.”

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According to the Washington Post, the USMNT, which was scheduled to arrive in Qatar this weekend, had planned to play multiple closed-door friendlies while in the country.

The Yanks will kick off their 2020 slate of games with a friendly against Costa Rica on Feb. 1 in Carson, Calif.

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