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U.S. performance is a tale of two teams

Originally Published: March 29, 2010
By Leander Schaerlaeckens | ESPN.com

PHILADELPHIA -- Inconsistency continues to plague the U.S. national team.

In the first half of the Americans' 2-1 friendly win over Turkey on Saturday, the U.S. was lucky not to concede more than one goal. The team played a high back line in an attempt to trap Turkey in its own half. But this strategy catered to the strength of the Turks, who kept the spaces so small that the U.S. couldn't conceivably operate in them, leading to rampant loss of possession, inevitably followed by the ...

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