U.S. Invites Iran to Play Soccer Game in Third Match Ever, Report Says

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The United States Soccer Federation invited the Iranian national team to play a match in the U.S. in what will be only their third match ever, the Tehran Times reported Saturday.

U.S. football officials are interested in holding a four-team tournament, featuring the U.S., Iran, a South American team, and a European team, the Iranian media quoted Iranian Football Federation President Ali Kafashian as saying.

Kafashian reportedly said Iran received official approval to attend the tournament, in what may be another sign of warming relations between Washington and Tehran, following the historic phone call between U.S. President Barack Obama and Iranian President Hassan Rohani last week.

The Iranian and American soccer teams have only played twice before, the report said: Iran defeated the United States 2-1 at the 1998 World Cup in France, and both sides played to a 1-1 draw in a match in Pasadena, California two years later.

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Iranians attend a street celebration, in Tehran, after their national soccer team qualified for the Brazil 2014 World Cup, after defeating South Korea, on Tuesday, June 18, 2013. Credit: AP

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