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Hard Lessons

The Gold Cup final exposed some of the United States men's national team's problems. What the leadership of the team must learn if it hopes to compete internationally.

Updated: June 27, 2011, 11:23 AM ET
By Bill Barnwell

Losing 4-2 to Mexico in the Gold Cup final was the best thing that could have happened to the United States men's national soccer team. It's time for the USMNT and its fans to grow up and realize that progress is not measured by narrow victories over Central American countries or avoiding embarrassment at the World Cup. The solution to what's wrong with the team is bigger than putting Jonathan Bornstein on a slow boat to Honduras. It's even bigger than firing Bob Bradley.

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