The tension between the United States and Iran have scaled new heights. It has got to a stage where the US men’s national soccer team was forced to delay its scheduled January training camp in Qatar.
The original plan was for the camp to run from the 5th to the 25th of January. Unfortunately, it the developing situation in the region has forced the team to look for an alternative.
The situation devolved after a top Iranian general, Qasem Soleimani was killed by a US airstrike. Soleimani was the head of Iran’s Quds Force and was killed at the Baghdad International airport in Iraq.
The US team was set to train in Doha for most of the month ahead of a friendly against Costa Rica in California on February 1, but officials say they are making “alternative arrangements.”
“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,” US Soccer said in a statement.
“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.”
US President Donald Trump boasted that he ordered the killing of Soleimani. His reason was that he wanted to stop a war, not start one. Unfortunately, it didn’t help matters, as tensions between the two nations escalated and the US sent thousands of additional troops to the Middle East.
The U.S. team will now begin their training on Jan. 6 at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, according to the men’s national team’s Twitter account.
In the meantime, the team will be getting ready to play Costa Rica in an exhibition game in Carson, California on Feb. 1.