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US men’s soccer to play Bolivia in Philadelphia suburb

March 15, 2018

CHICAGO (AP) — The U.S. men’s soccer team will play Bolivia in an exhibition at Chester, Pennsylvania, on May 28, a matchup between nations that failed to qualify for the World Cup.

The match, announced Thursday, comes before the Americans play Ireland in Dublin on June 2 and versus France at Lyon on June 9. The U.S. plans to train in the Philadelphia area for about a week ahead of the Bolivia match on Memorial Day.

Bruce Arena quit as coach in October after the Americans failed to qualify for the World Cup, ending a streak of seven straight appearances. The U.S. has played a pair of matches under interim coach Dave Sarachan, tying 1-1 at Portugal in November and 0-0 at home against Bosnia-Herzegovina last month. Sarachan will lead the team in a March 27 game against Paraguay at Cary, North Carolina.

Carlos Cordeiro was elected to succeed Sunil Gulati as USSF president last month and said a general manager of the men’s team will be hired and lead the search for a coach. It is not clear whether the search will be delayed until after the World Cup, which runs from June 14 to July 15.

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