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United States-Iran Exhibition Soccer Match at RFK Is Off

The Washington Post
Tuesday, April 20, 1999

Plans have fallen through for the United States and Iranian national men's soccer teams to play this summer at RFK Stadium, a U.S. Soccer Federation official said yesterday.

However, the USSF is attempting to bring a South American team to play the Americans June 13 in Washington.

"We just ran out of time to get the Iranian game done," said Tom King, the USSF's chief operating officer. "The federations from both countries wanted to do it, but the Iranians couldn't get government approval."

Officials from both countries had been working for months to finalize plans for the proposed game, a rematch of the historic U.S.-Iran World Cup meeting in France last summer. As part of the U.S. trip, the Iranians also would have played El Salvador June 9 in Richmond. They still are scheduled to play in a Canadian tournament in early June.

King said the USSF has invited Iran to play the U.S. squad on Jan. 16, 2000, probably in California.


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