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Making the case for eight U.S. players

Updated: January 26, 2012, 1:19 PM ET
By Leander Schaerlaeckens | ESPN.com

Reading into the results of the U.S. national team's traditional January friendlies is likely to lead to shaky conclusions. For these games, the U.S. is never at full strength, its opponent usually isn't either and most of the players are in their off-seasons and have only been training together for a few weeks. The exercise does, however, offer a good view of individual performance and progression. So while consecutive 1-0 wins over Venezuela in Phoenix and Panama in Panama City might ...

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