U.S. men's national team

Joy and relief as U.S. clinches World Cup berth

October 11, 2009
SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras (AP) -- One by one, U.S. soccer players exited their celebration and came into the dark, narrow hallway outside the locker room of Estadio Olimpico Metropolitano.

They had qualified the United States for its sixth straight World Cup, rallying to beat Honduras 3-2 Saturday night in as thrilling a match as the U.S. has played in years. So they were filled with joy. They also were consumed with relief.

And immediately thoughts turned to an even tougher ...

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