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Spain, Ivory Coast among nations prepping for World Cup in U.S.

Photo: Kathy Willens/AP

Defending World Cup champion Spain will prepare for this summer's tournament by playing friendlies in the USA.

NEW YORK (AP) - Defending champion Spain will prepare for the World Cup in the United States along with Greece, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Ivory Coast, Nigeria and Honduras.

Soccer United Marketing, an affiliate of Major League Soccer, says it will organize exhibition games involving those six nations along with Bolivia and El Salvador from May 27 to June 10.

England announced last month it will play a pair of matches at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, facing Ecuador on June 4 and Honduras on June 7.

The World Cup will be in Brazil for the first time since 1950 and opens June 12.

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