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Last Chance for Potential World Cuppers

Victor Decolongon

Most of the players in the U.S. squad to face Canada Tuesday night earned their places on their roster through their domestic excellence. They clawed and scraped their way through the challenges presented and thrived under exacting conditions to earn this chance to carve out a role in the final round in World Cup qualifying.

All of their experiences and all of their exploits will matter little when this match commences. As so many players before them have discovered and a few of them have already discerned through their past involvement in the program, the international level presents an entirely different task.

Canada – especially in this weakened state with an interim coach in place and a stern...

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