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Venezuelan Soccer Team Faces U.S. in Friendly Match

The Venezuelan soccer team, nicknamed “Vinotinto” for its red wine-colored jerseys, travels this week to Arizona for a friendly match against the U.S. men’s team at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. The game will take place Saturday, January 21st at 7pm MT (9pm EST).

Members of the Venezuelan team met Monday at the Maiquetía airport outside of Caracas to travel to the U.S., where it is practicing ahead of the game.

The Vinotinto will be joined by Venezuelan forward Alejandro Moreno, who has played in U.S. Major League Soccer for a decade and will meet his teammates in the U.S.

The players began training last week in the city of Puerto La Cruz, where they established the groundwork for their encounter with the U.S.

“The coach told me to play hard, up front, and take advantage of my potential to approach the goal,” said forward Emilio Rentería.

After facing the U.S. in Phoenix, the Vinotinto goes on to Houston, Texas, for a match against Mexico’s national team.

Correo del Orinoco / Press – Embassy of Venezuela to the U.S. / January 19, 2012

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