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U.S. finishes year off with flourish

Updated: November 18, 2011, 4:35 PM ET
By Jeff Carlisle | ESPN.com

The 2011 campaign proved to be difficult for the U.S. men's national team, which finished with a losing record for the first time since 1997. But the Americans at least capped off the year with a flourish, defeating Slovenia 3-2 and providing a glimmer of hope that better days are ahead.

Coming four days after a tepid 1-0 loss to France, the U.S. at last delivered the kind of offensive performance that has been expected since Jurgen Klinsmann took over as coach in July. The win also ...

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