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Saturday, July 2, 2011
U.S., El Salvador friendlies in L.A.?

By Scott French

Two international friendlies appear headed to the Southland, including a Home Depot Center appearance by the U.S. national team.

ESPN The Magazine's Doug McIntyre wrote on Twitter that the U.S. will face Costa Rica on Sept. 2 at HDC. U.S. Soccer announced Saturday it would play Belgium in a friendly at Brussels on Sept. 6 but did not mention a Sept. 2 game.

Meanwhile, American-born Salvadoran defender Steve Purdy, who plays for the Portland Timbers, tweeted that El Salvador will face Ivory Coast in Los Angeles -- we'd expect the Coliseum -- on Aug. 10. Elsalvadorfc.com, a website that covers Salvadoran soccer, also reported the game.

Expect announcements soon.