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Football: US, Morocco Face Off in World Cup Sendoff Series


The United States men's national soccer team plays the first of three games in a pre-World Cup "Send-Off Series" Tuesday night when it faces Morocco in Nashville, Tennessee.

The Americans closed out their 10-day training camp in Cary, North Carolina, on Sunday without any major injuries and now play three tune-up games before the World Cup begins next month in Germany.

At Sunday's final practice, midfielder DaMarcus Beasley limped off with a slightly twisted ankle after colliding with teammates. But U.S. coach Bruce Arena says the injury is not serious and that Beasley should be ready for Tuesday's game. Morocco is ranked 36th in the world and just missed out on a World Cup berth when Tunisia scored a late goal in their final qualifier.

Arena plans to use the three matches to fine-tune his lineup. In addition to Morocco, the U.S. squad faces Venezuela in Cleveland on May 26, and takes on Latvia in East Hartford, Connecticut, on May 28. The first World Cup game for the United States will be against the Czech Republic on June 12.

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