U.S. unnerved by North Korean transition game

September 11, 2007
CHENGDU, China -- North Korea entered Tuesday's World Cup opener against the United States with a reputation as soccer ghosts, but it was flesh and blood aggression that pushed the United States into an uncomfortable position in Group B.

In the end, the United States didn't so much settle for a point in the 2-2 draw as escape with one, fortunate to leave on level footing with a team that put the Americans under siege in a way few other teams have since coach Greg Ryan took ...

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