All systems go

June 6, 2006
By Jeff Carlisle
NORDERSTEDT, Germany - A festive atmosphere descended upon this quaint Hamburg suburb on Tuesday, as the U.S. national team held its only practice of the World Cup that was open to the public. An enthusiastic crowd was on hand in the Edmund Plambeck Stadium, with some eager children decked out in red, white and blue. U.S. head coach Bruce Arena and the mayor of the city exchanged gifts. The mayor was given a U.S. jersey, and Arena received a soccer ball and a set of Norderstedt emblazoned golf ...

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