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What the U.S. really lost

By failing to qualify for London, the U.S. lost something more valuable than a medal

Updated: March 28, 2012, 1:19 AM ET
By Leander Schaerlaeckens | ESPN.com

The U.S. soccer scene rose this morning with a pounding hangover from Monday night's dramatic 3-3 draw between the U.S. under-23 national team and El Salvador. Making it to the Olympics through CONCACAF had been considered a formality, but the young Yanks' capitulation bounced them from contention. The U.S. had a 1-1-1 record in the qualifying tournament.

The U.S. was convincing in a 6-0 win against a meek Cuba on Thursday but surprisingly lost 2-0 to Canada on Saturday. Doomsday ...

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