Show goes on for U.S. team -- on delicate ground

November 22, 2005
By Frank Dell'Apa
Ten months ago, the U.S. national team consisted of replacement players, called in to prepare for the final round of World Cup qualifying. On Jan. 24, an interim labor agreement was reached between the U.S. Soccer Federation and the U.S. Soccer Players Association, the sides agreeing to avoid a lockout or strike through the end of qualifying.

That agreement allowed the team to prepare for a Feb. 9 visit to Trinidad & Tobago, which launched the U.S. on a successful campaign. Qualifying ...

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