http://www.nytimes.com/2003/10/28/sports/soccer/28SOCC.html "United States soccer officials have been enlisted by FIFA and the State Department to help get the sport back on its feet in Iraq — an effort that could include a match against a United States national team within six months. "The major priority is getting their Olympic team ready," Dr. S. Robert Contiguglia, president of the United States Soccer Federation, said in a telephone interview. "I was in Doha, Qatar, last week for the FIFA meetings and we did talk about a game, probably to be played in a third country. Soccer is really the only common language in the world; there is no ideology on the field." The headquarters of Iraq's soccer association, which had been run in brutal fashion by Uday Hussein, one of Saddam Hussein's sons, was destroyed during the war. The senior national team, under the direction of Bernd Stange, who once coached East Germany, qualified last week for the 2004 Asian Cup in China by winning its four-nation group. Iraq is currently ranked No. 75 in the world by FIFA, down 22 places since December 2002. Iraq last played in the World Cup in 1986. The United States federation and the United States Soccer Foundation have donated 60,000 soccer balls to Iraq, where soccer is the most popular sport. In addition, FIFA has agreed to donate $700,000 to the Iraqi federation to support the domestic game. "A game would appeal to me because the more we can do to build good will, the better off we and the world will be," Contiguglia said."