U.S. protects home turf

June 5, 2005
By Marc Connolly
It's all about holding serve during World Cup qualification. Ties on the road -- stealing point, as they say - are nice and all, but it's all about winning at home and getting the three points that accompany such victories.

That's what made the U.S. national team's 3-0 victory over Costa Rica on Saturday night in Salt Lake City, Utah, such a satisfying result. Bruce Arena's side has now won its first two home matches in the final round of qualifying for the 2006 World Cup. When you add ...

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