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US stumbles as it pushes to join soccer elite

Updated: March 27, 2012, 4:59 PM ET
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- For all the talk about the strides soccer has made in the United States, results of late have been stark and disappointing.

The Americans were eliminated by Ghana in the last two World Cups. The under-20 team's streak of seven trips to the world championship ended last year. And now the under-23s have failed to make two of the last three Olympics after failing to qualify Monday night.

Yes, the U.S. plays the world's game better than it did 25 years ago. The national team ...

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