The U.S. are no longer underdogs

May 23, 2006
By Jen Chang
The U.S. is coming off a successful 2002 World Cup campaign where they literally shocked the world. Only a highly disputed non-call on what appeared to be a handball infringement by German defender Torsten Frings, prevented the U.S. from beating Germany and reaching the semifinals.

In the past 10 years the U.S. has made remarkable strides, gradually climbing up from 34th in FIFA's world rankings to an all-time high 4th spot (April 2006).

The appearance in Germany this summer ...

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