By Michael Lewis
Rising tensions in the Middle East has forced the U.S. men’s national team to cancel its January camp in Doha, Qatar after all.
U.S. Soccer has decided to hold camp somewhere else. No venue has been selected yet.
The U.S. camp was scheduled to start Sunday and run through Jan. 25.
On Friday, Gen. Qassim Soleimani, the head of Iran’s elite Quds Force, was killed in an airstrike at Baghdad’s international airport in Iraq.
Later that day, U.S. Embassy officials in Iraq told U.S. citizens to leave the country for their safety.
This is U.S. Soccer’s official statement, which was released Friday night:
“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 Feb. 1 at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, Calif.
“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.”