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"Yeah I get a lot of questions, most of it about the politics. But our game is nothing to do about the politics, it's just the sport," Iranian player Arsalan Kazemi told CNN.
"The only way is for people from USA and Iran can come together and have a friendly time together. We have to go there and play our best. The USA, you know, are a lot better than us. We just have to go there and play so the fans can enjoy the game," Kazemi said before the match.
The 6-foot, 7-inch forward and sophomore at Rice University in Texas considers himself a fan of both teams.