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The U.S. men’s soccer team was schedule to scrimmage with Belgium on Thursday at the U.S. base in the Barra Funda district of Sao Paulo, but had to cancel the game due to traffic problems.
The Belgium team opted to stay at the Paradise Golf & Lake Resort in Mogi das Cruzes, 40 miles east of Sao Paulo, because they did not want to sit in traffic, according to Yahoo Sports. Belgium coach Marc Wilmots said “I don’t want to sit in a bus for five hours.” The traffic problems stemmed from a public transit strike.
It is unfortunate because this friendly would have been a big help for the U.S. heading into the 2014 World Cup. Instead the team will prepare with normal training sessions leading up to their opening game against Ghana in Natal on Monday.
U.S. coach Juergen Klinsmann was hoping to get one last real game scenario in before their opening game because he felt it is a much better way to prepare for the World Cup. “We want to give every player 45 minutes. We have a very good relationship with Belgium. They are just around the corner here.” said Klinsmann, reports The Washington Post.
Regardless the U.S. team has a game on Monday and will be doing everything in their power to get ready for it.