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Grading the U.S.' performance

Updated: November 22, 2010, 12:49 AM ET
By Jeff Carlisle | ESPN.com

Let the hype machine begin.

The U.S. looked to be heading towards a drab stalemate against South Africa in the Nelson Mandela Challenge, but escaped with a 1-0 victory thanks to a several players making their international debuts. A slick combination between Juan Agudelo and Mikkel Diskerud five minutes from time ended with Agudelo hammering his shot in off the crossbar.

In some ways it was a fitting end to a match that in many instances saw the younger elements of the U.S. ...

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