By The Associated Press
The first part of the U.S. World Cup team has arrived in Qatar. Nine of the 26 players and staff were met by a piano playing “The Star-Spangled Banner” and people waving American flags when they walked into a Doha hotel following a flight from New York. Coach Gregg Berhalter and players from Major League Soccer teams, whose seasons have ended, made the trip following the roster announcement Wednesday night at a Brooklyn music venue. Other players will follow as their club teams finish play before the World Cup break. The U.S. opens against Wales on Nov. 21.