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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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