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English soccer team Nottingham Forest eyeing exhibition in Tampa

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Nottingham Forest, which plays in England's second-tier Championship soccer league, looks set to travel to Tampa Bay in early July, hoping to spend seven to 10 days in the area and play a friendly against Costa Rican side Deportivo Saprissa.

However, though Saprissa has announced the game between the teams for July 9 in Tampa, Nottingham Forest hasn't finalized its schedule and has not made an announcement.

Nottingham Forest will play in the second tier of English soccer again next season after narrowly avoiding relegation with a 3-0 victory in its final game. One of the most historically successful English clubs in European competitions, the team was champion of Europe in 1979 and 1980 but has not played in the Premier League since 1999.

Nottingham Forest's current squad features American national-team player Eric Lichaj — named the club's player of the year for the 2016-17 season — and U.S. U-23 player Gboly Ariyibi. The team is coached by Mark Warburton, who took over the job in March and hopes to hold a training camp in Tampa.

In March 2016, the Rowdies opened a tour of England with a 2-2 draw against a mix of Forest's first and reserve teams.

Deportivo Saprissa has been Costa Rica's most successful team, winning 33 league titles and three CONCACAF Champions' Cups. It was named CONCACAF team of the 20th century by the International Federation of Football History and Statistics.

 
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