The U.S. Men’s National team has postponed its planned training camp in Qatar amid security concerns in the Middle East, announcing the decision on Friday evening.
The USMNT was scheduled to hold camp in Doha, Qatar, but the recent killing of Iranian general Qasem Soilemani by a U.S. drone strike has sparked concerns about retaliation aimed at Americans in the Middle East.
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“Due to the developing situation in the region, U.S. Soccer has decided to postpone traveling to Qatar for the Men’s National Team’s scheduled January training camp.
In the meantime, we are working on alternative arrangements in preparation for the match against Costa Rica on February 1 at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California.”
The USMNT was scheduled to travel to Qatar this weekend, but U.S. Soccer announced late Friday that the team will now begin its January camp at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida starting on Sunday.
The Americans were scheduled to train at the Aspire Academy in Doha from January 5-25. The USMNT was set to face Red Bull Salzburg in a closed-door scrimmage during that scheduled camp, with the possibility of other scrimmages taking place against teams holding their winter training camps in Doha.
The USMNT hasn’t ruled out attempting to schedule another team trip to Qatar in the future.
“We 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.”
The USMNT is scheduled to face Costa Rica in a friendly in Carson, California on February 1.