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CHICAGO (AP) -- After wrapping up World Cup qualifying, the U.S. men will travel to Scotland for a Nov. 15 exhibition at Hampden Park in Glasgow.
The match is "crucial," U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann says, because there aren’t many opportunities to see his team before rosters are due for next year’s World Cup in Brazil. Following the final two qualifiers next month, there are only two more international fixture dates this year -- Nov. 15 and 19. A site and opponent for a Nov. 19 exhibition are expected to be announced soon.
Rooney unsure of return
MANCHESTER, England (AP) -- Manchester United manager David Moyes is still unsure when striker Wayne Rooney can make his return following a deep cut to his forehead.
Ahead of Saturday’s Premier League game against Crystal Palace on Saturday, Moyes says Rooney is "in great physical shape," but that he has to assess the risk of the cut splitting open again before selecting him for a game.
Rooney missed England’s two World Cup qualifiers against Moldova and Ukraine after requiring stitches to his forehead after accidentally being kicked in the face during a training session for United.
Moyes says "obviously he’s got a cut right in the middle of his forehead which could split. The skin is very thin so he’s had the stitches out - it’s knitted well and we just have to see where the level of risk is with his injury."
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