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Thursday’s Belgium-US closed-door game uncertain

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MOGI DAS CRUZES, Brazil (AP) — Belgium coach Marc Wilmots says Thursday’s closed-door game against the United States might be cancelled because he wants to avoid traffic chaos and long delays for his players.

Wilmots said he would contact his U.S. counterpart Jurgen Klinsmann late Wednesday to discuss the situation. A transport strike has sometimes badly affected Sao Paulo traffic over the past week, and Wilmots is concerned about similar scenes on Thursday.

Wilmots said that he “will not take the risk to go to Sao Paulo, looking at the possibility of a strike and traffic jams. I don’t want to sit in a bus for five hours.”

Instead, he was looking at the alternative of an intra-squad scrimmage at their training base outside of Sao Paulo.