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Sobering reality check for U.S. team

Updated: August 11, 2010, 10:08 AM ET
By Jeff Carlisle | ESPN.com

So much for the post-World Cup celebration.

OK, so the operative word following Brazil's 2-0 win over the U.S. on Tuesday was "friendly." There was nothing at stake. Over half of the U.S. starting lineup was comprised of overseas players who looked like they hadn't recovered from their preseason fitness regimens. And on a team that lacks creative guile in the best of times, the absence of a player like Clint Dempsey was always going to be keenly felt.

Yet no matter ...

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