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Destination 2010

America's quest to play in World Cup 2010 all hinged on one week in September

Updated: December 3, 2009, 8:23 PM ET
By Luke Cyphers | ESPN The Magazine

This article appears in the October 5 issue of ESPN The Magazine.

The U.S. Soccer team's road to the World Cup has been bumpy, rutted and about as scenic (on the field, at least) as the New Jersey Turnpike. Clunky first touches, long stretches of stale offense, fidgety moments of defense, a knack for conceding the first goal to the opponent. The Yanks' first eight matches during the final round of qualifying for their region (the Confederation of North, Central America and ...

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