U.S. men's national team

Qualification assured, but it only gets harder for the U.S.

October 12, 2009
By Steve Davis
This World Cup qualification process often was more emotional than first love, as rickety as an old amusement park ride. The United States nailed down another World Cup berth, with a match to spare, no less. And yet, the process was weighed down with angst and consternation, even while ferrying the Americans where they always expected to be.

The U.S. claimed passage to a sixth consecutive World Cup but did so behind a manager who enjoys tepid fan support and has a roster stocked with ...

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