U.S. versus Spain

Bocanegra leads a defensive effort for the ages

June 24, 2009
By Luke Cyphers
BLOEMFONTEIN, South Africa -- For the first time all night, Carlos Bocanegra looked dazed.

Speaking to reporters after the U.S. soccer squad's monumental 2-0 upset of No. 1 Spain in the Confederations Cup semifinal, Bocanegra stood perfectly still, his eyes a bit glazed. "I'm still a bit in disbelief, to be honest," the U.S. captain said. "I mean, we're in the finals of a major competition, you know? It hasn't really sunk in yet."

When it does, American soccer fans, and fans ...

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