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Bocanegra dropped from US roster for qualifiers

Updated: March 18, 2013, 9:43 PM ET
Associated Press

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By RONALD BLUM

AP Sports Writer

The United States heads into World Cup qualifiers against Costa Rica and Mexico with an inexperienced defense after dropping captain Carlos Bocanegra and learning eight players are injured or ill.

Already without goalkeeper Tim Howard, the shaky U.S. back line got even weaker Monday when coach Jurgen Klinsmann said Timmy Chandler, Fabian Johnson and Danny Williams will miss the matches.

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