Expansion team blues

August 11, 2005
By Marc Connolly
FOXBORO, Mass. -- It can't be easy for John Ellinger.

As the head coach of the U-17 national team for the past seven years, losing games wasn't something he had to deal with all that often. There was even one 15-month run in 1998 and 1999 that his Landon Donovan-led side didn't drop a single match in 25 games.

Over a 57-match span in 2003, Freddy Adu and the boys only lost 9 times. Compare that with the twelve losses in 21 games (5-12-4 overall) that his Real Salt Lake side ...

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