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U.S.'s growing pains continue

Updated: October 11, 2011, 11:08 PM ET
By Leander Schaerlaeckens | ESPN.com

HARRISON, N.J. -- No good deed goes unpunished.

So it was for the U.S. against Ecuador on Tuesday night, when it took almost all the initiative for most of the game, but ultimately fell 1-0 after a 79th-minute mistake undid an otherwise laudable performance.

In the first half, the U.S. got off to a strong start, heeding the lessons Jurgen Klinsmann has been hammering home. The Yanks pressed Ecuador high and poked at its defense with quick, diagonal balls and ...

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