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Looking ahead to 2011 for U.S. soccer

Updated: December 29, 2010, 9:54 AM ET
By Jeff Carlisle | ESPN.com

It's not for nothing that the word "hangover" is often associated with the year that follows a World Cup. The emotional letdown that occurs for the players and coaches seems inevitable. But time, not to mention the next World Cup cycle, waits for no one, and 2011 is shaping up to be an important year for soccer in the U.S.

In 2007, the U.S. men's national team created some priceless momentum by winning the Gold Cup. U.S. manager Bob Bradley will try to duplicate that feat ...

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