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U.S., Iran could renew rivalry on the soccer field

The U.S. soccer team might go to Iran in November for the first match between the nations in a decade.

The U.S. soccer team might go to Iran in November for the first match between the nations in a decade.

USSF president Sunil Gulati said yesterday the game could be held in Tehran on Nov. 14 or 18.

"Obviously, these discussions are in the very preliminary stage due to the fact that both teams are still attempting to qualify for the World Cup," Gulati said.

The U.S. cannot clinch a World Cup berth until September at the earliest. Iran is trying to climb from fourth place in Asia Group B and earn a spot in next year's 32-nation tournament.

The United States was upset, 2-1, by Iran at the 1998 World Cup in France, then played a 1-1 tie against the Iranians in an exhibition at Pasadena, Calif., in January 2000.

If the Americans play at Tehran, they would try to set up another US-Iran match in the United States in late 2010 or 2011.


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