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Up for the Cup

Updated: November 5, 2010, 9:44 AM ET
By Mark Young

On a raw, rainy November day nothing cheers the soul like going to a football match. Well, at least that's what I told myself driving from Connecticut to Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey on Thursday afternoon. And you know what? I was right.

I went to an MLS playoff game and a good old-fashioned blood and thunder FA Cup tie broke out: end-to-end action, near misses, great saves, and a tremendous atmosphere generated by 22,839 fans who sounded double that number in the wonderful ...

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