June 11, 2014

SAO PAULO (AP) The scrimmage between the United States and Belgium has been canceled because Red Devils coach Marc Wilmots didn't want to get caught in one of Sao Paulo's famous traffic jams.

The closed-door session had been scheduled to take place Thursday at the Sao Paulo Futebol Clube, where the U.S. has been training for the World Cup since Monday. Belgium has been working out about 30 miles away in Mogi das Cruzes.

The U.S. Soccer Federation said Wednesday that Wilmots and American coach Jurgen Klinsmann spoke and called off the scrimmage.

Sao Paulo is known for traffic congestion, which was made worse by a subway strike that began last Thursday and was suspended Monday. While the strike was halted, the union says it could resume Thursday when Brazil hosts Croatia in the World Cup opener.

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