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U.S. needs middle management

U.S. needs middle management

Originally Published: July 15, 2011
By Michelle Smith

FRANKFURT, Germany -- In a live-on-the-edge tournament run that has seen the U.S. team turn serious trouble into soaring triumph, no place on the field has been edgier for the American squad than the midfield.

It was in the midfield that France had its way in Wednesday's semifinal match, deftly moving the ball around and generating many of the 25 shots it took at the U.S. goal.

There was a long stretch of that game, before the U.S. scored two late goals, when it looked ...

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