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United States must reach next level after very familiar result in World Cup
United States must reach next level after very familiar result in World Cup

This was supposed to be the World Cup in which a swashbuckling U.S. men’s national team shed everything American about it and announced itself as elite at the World Cup. It very well still could be. But the 1-0 loss Thursday to Germany that sent the United States into the last 16 of this year's World Cup — its second straight trip to the knockout rounds — was as American as they come. That’s OK, too. In 2002, the United States advanced to the quarterfinals for the first time since 1930, but only after the same group-stage record it posted in Brazil — a win, a draw, then a loss that ultimately didn’t matter. In 2010, a pair of draws left...

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