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Mathis has fond memories of 2002

Scoring a goal against one of the host nations and reaching the quarterfinals stand out

Updated: July 1, 2010, 9:44 PM ET
By Scott French | Special to ESPNLosAngeles.com

Editor's note: Throughout the World Cup, soccer blogger Scott French will look back and offer memories of the event from those who have participated. Next up is Clint Mathis.

Clint Mathis was a brash, sweet-talking midfielder with a true attacking sense when he joined the L.A. Galaxy for the first time, as a rookie in 1998. He was gone two years later -- Major League Soccer forced the Galaxy to give him up to acquire Mexican star Luis Hernandez -- but has been back twice, briefly for a David ...

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