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Soccer: The beautiful, dutiful game

The World Cup is the latest phase in America's complicated relationship to soccer.

Originally Published: June 7, 2010
By Jeff MacGregor | ESPN.com

Hanging there somewhere between the comic and the tragic, the right and the wrong, the left and the right, the truth and the lie, is our American relationship to soccer. Well, to football. Futbol. Fußball. Whatever. Even as the world gets smaller, how is it possible that at this late date we remain such strangers to The Beautiful Game?

The 19th World Cup, under way this week in South Africa, will at last change all that.

Unless, of course, it does not.

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