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USA proposed friendly nixed

USA in a pre-match huddle, a sight that will not be coming to the Alamodome in September
USA in a pre-match huddle, a sight that will not be coming to the Alamodome in September
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The rumored USA Men’s National Team friendly with Colombia at the Alamodome has been called off, sources revealed on Tuesday.

The match was originally slated to be played on the 9th of September, and even appeared on the FIFA website after the United States Soccer Federation had received a verbal agreement from the Colombian FA to play the match in San Antonio.

It was originally expected that the match would be announced two weeks ago, as sources close to the USSF had stated, and then was slated to be announced on the last two Mondays after the initial delay.

What became apparent was that the delay was longer than usual and USSF placed a deadline of this past Monday (the 11th) for Colombia to sign a written agreement and as that deadline passed the match has been called off.

The USSF states that the reason was not due to anything the city or the venue had done wrong, stating that they look forward to coming back to San Antonio in the future after 26 years without the USMNT making an appearance in San Antonio.

The issue had to do with something within the contract, but sources in both the USA and Colombia, would not, understandably, confirm where the issue was and any speculation would prove unfruitful.

The revelation has left soccer fans in San Antonio disappointed after the excitement of getting a match against a top five team, and the first chance to see the USA MNT in San Antonio since 1988, the disappointment seems even more powerful.

“It’s disappointing,” said San Antonio soccer supporters group, the Crocketteers, president James Hope, “it was a rumored match but it would have been a great opportunity to show US Soccer and Major League Soccer the support that this city has for soccer.”

After speaking with US Soccer, they are keen on San Antonio and would like to bring more events here, but did state that this friendly will not be replaced and were unable to say when or if the USMNT will be back in San Antonio.

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