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USA Soccer Team to Receive Federal Protection

5/29/2010 9:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

TMZ has learned the USA soccer team will have top-notch security when they travel to South Africa for the World Cup -- courtesy of the U.S. State Department.

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A rep for the squad tells us the feds have agreed to aid in protecting the team -- particularly at their hotel and while traveling to and from the stadiums.

We’re told the State Dept. has been working for more than a year with the local police departments in Johannesburg -- which have been more than cooperative.

Several major U.S. political figures have announced that they will be attending the matches -- including Joe Biden and Bill Clinton.

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Ray     

Soccer? really? why? Yeah yeah, soccer is the most popular sport in the world, yet they fail to mention why that is....lack of better things to do by those living in mud huts is why.

1587 days ago
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Wombat    

I'd sure hate to see anything happen to our team...but if it meant getting rid of Clinton and Biden...well, I guess I could live with it. Now if Obama, would join them for a beer during the game.



At this point, I'd say pull our troops home from everywhere, drill for oil in Alaska, put barbed wire, land mines and 50' walls around the borders...and to hell with the rest of the world. Oh...and keep a hundred nukes pointed at every country that might attack Israel.

1587 days ago
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RobG    

It aint soccer, it's proper football. Football = controlling a ball with your foot. But of course, everything Americans don't like or understand is crap and just wrong.

1587 days ago
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Lisa    

Who gives a flip about soccer? It isn't big in America for a reason-- we don't like it. Why should tax payers protect these people? They need to hire private security. Sheesh!

1587 days ago
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Get Real    

Speak for yourself, Lisa. Don't say "we" when you are certainly not speaking for me and a LOT of other Americans. Soccer is a cool game at the professional level -- players run the field non-stop and aggressively score and block. Football is a total snoozefest compared to soccer. Of course, you're so narrow-minded you've already decided not only what you like (without ever watching a professional World Cup series), but you've also taken it upon your own irrelevant and nonthinking self to declare what everyone else in America likes. Stuff it.



I do think Federal security is going a bit overboard but there have been many incidents of violent attacks against soccer teams, particularly at World events.

1587 days ago
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barbarianbabs    

WAIT!!! Hasn't the world become Heaven on Earth since obama became elected??? Everyones loves us now...why the protection?

1587 days ago
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Mario Pérez    

LOL!!, Nobody Cares about this *******s in the WCup, They are not even followed by anyone!!.

1587 days ago
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RBMjr    

You have to love the way the important people—Biden, Obama and Clinton—are standing in front of all the players and coaches.

1587 days ago
9.

Marian    

Go USA!!!!!!!

1587 days ago
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Politico Pablo    

This World Cup Soccer Match is a big ****ing deal for everyone in the World except us.

1587 days ago
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Tom    

Why is protection needed in the rainbow nation?
Is it not the case that its all rainbows & smiles in the new ZA?

1587 days ago
12.

xxx    

Have to love Americans proving their ignorance! Why don't Americans like futbol? Because they are too lazy and overweight to play, so they celebrate a game like football, where there are 300lb fat line men, and the play stops every 10 seconds to take a minute break. But they just think other countries play it due to financial reasons...last time I checked, you could play American football with the same equipment as futbol, although you know, other countries aren't fat and lazy. Get over yourselves, any wonder the rest of the world hates America, look at its citizens and you'll see why. Oh, and shhh....your ignorance is showing.

1587 days ago
13.

uhHuh    

NO WONDER they've agreed to give the team protection...they're goin with them!!
Cant make it to the AZ border to evaluate the situation, but hey!! it's a GAME!!

1587 days ago
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viper1st    

I'm with TEAM ARIZONA

1587 days ago
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rOBERT    

Go USA !!!! if some of you dont like soccer big deal !!! we do ...and I love the USA go USA go USA go USA .... lets get those brits !!!

1587 days ago
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