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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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31.

DERPDERPDERP    

Bob Bradley looks like a super villain.



Watch out SA. The Yanks are coming (:

1570 days ago
32.

tigress    

I would want a few bodyguards if I went to Johannasburg at anytime. The crime rate there is very bad, almost as bad as Mexico but not quite.
I like soccer and it has become more popular here in the US in recent years but don't disrespect our football. Not all of our football players end up in prison.

1570 days ago
33.

Dave    

Idiots, soccer is popular in the USA. Look at the attendance of our version of soccer minor leagues in MLS...are there any other minor league sports in the world that draw 16,000 a game and have a single team that has 32,000 season ticket holders? Nope. Sorry, please grab your cane, walker, or wheelchair and move along with your old-school mentality.



By the way, Clinton is the chairman of the USA's bid to get the 2018 or 2022 World Cup...which would be the most profitable sporting event in America's history, just like the 1994 World Cup we hosted in LA still is...

1570 days ago
34.

German Dude    

Get Real for president. Good luck USA

1566 days ago
35.

blossom    

I love football playing with feet... LOL..
yeahh..... USA..! nice to see our country join with all country around the world, around nation... !
put aside the arrogance guys.....

1556 days ago
36.

Alyssa     

hello, My name is Alyssa
I live in Canada and i thought the US team did very well and i think all the americans should be very proud

1544 days ago
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