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Updated: January 21, 2009, 3:46 PM ET
By Andrew Hush

The international year starts here

The U.S. plays the first match of a busy 2009 schedule Saturday when it faces Sweden at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. The status of the game is such that, in competitive terms, it ranks low on the list of priorities for Bob Bradley this year. However, after spending three weeks watching training drills, the game is an opportunity for the coach to assess which men might push their way into his World Cup qualifying squad alongside the ...

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