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The Sidelines : U.S. Cancels Saudi Soccer Game

January 23, 1991|From Times Wire Services

NEW YORK — The U.S. soccer team, tentatively scheduled to play Saudi Arabia on Feb. 14 at Riyadh, canceled the plans because of war in the Persian Gulf.

"If it was three weeks ago, we would have gone," Sunil Gulati, the director of the U.S. national teams, said. "Now, certainly not."

The proposed game was never formally announced because of the threat of war in the region. However, Gulati said, the game basically had been agreed to.

The United States opens its 1991 schedule on Feb. 1 and Feb. 3 in Miami with games against Switzerland and the German club Bayern Munich.

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