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Young Colombia can gain from experience

Young Colombian team loses but gains experience

Originally Published: July 2, 2011
By Beau Dure

SINSHEIM, Germany -- World Cups aren't just about championship glory, contenders' heartbreak and the occasional meltdown. For much of the world, the Cup is a chance to measure progress and see what else it can do.

No team is likely to gain more from this experience than Colombia, a young team taking the first steps toward joining Brazil and Mexico as a Latin American nation that can play at the elite level.

Colombia isn't there yet -- the 3-0 loss Saturday to the United States surely ...

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