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U.S., Azerbaijan national soccer teams to play in San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO, May 27, 2014 / AAC / - Tonight, the U.S. and Azerbaijan soccer teams will meet in a first-ever friendly game between the two national squads at San Francisco's Candlestick Park stadium. Both teams are coached by the legendary German footballers: Jurgen Klinsmann for Team-USA and Berti Vogts for Azerbaijan.

"First, I'm the national coach for Azerbaijan. Proud to play here against the United States," Vogts said in an interview with Associated Press reporter. "It's a huge match for Azerbaijan, and I hope the match also will help the United States."

The 67-year-old Berti Vogts won the World Cup with West Germany in 1974 as a player and is in his seventh year coaching Azerbaijan. He coached Germany to World Cup quarterfinals in the 1994 and 1998, when Klinsmann was a player.

"There's a purpose behind choosing Azerbaijan. It's a team that has met with a lot of the European opponents that we actually face," Klinsmann said before practice Monday to AP.

Many Azerbaijani-Americans from California and across the nation will be coming to the game as spectators on Tuesday night.