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U.S. struggling with agony of defeat

Updated: June 26, 2011, 12:21 PM ET
By Leander Schaerlaeckens | ESPN.com

PASADENA, Calif. -- They looked on in agony as Mexico hoisted the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup. But the very second that cup was lifted above 20-odd Mexican shoulders, commemorating El Tri's 4-2 comeback win over the U.S. on American soil in the continental final Saturday, the U.S. national team stormed off the field.

This one hurt, a raw pain drawn from the deepest and darkest crevices of the scrappy Yanks' soul. It wasn't just a loss. It was a defeat to Mexico. In a final. After going ...

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