U.S. won't ease up against Aussies

August 16, 2004
By Michael Lewis
THESSALONIKI, Greece -- One reason why the U.S. men aren't competing at these Olympics is because they didn't try to avoid host Mexico during the CONCACAF qualifying tournament in Guadalajara, Mexico on Feb. 7.

In its final first-round encounter, the U.S. played Honduras with a man down -- Jose Luis Burciaga was red-carded in the 29th minute with a 1-0 lead -- yet the Americans continued to push forward instead of playing more defensive en route to a 4-3 victory. A loss would have pit ...

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