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U.S. grows into role as Copa America group champion

U.S. grows into role as Copa America group champion

Juergen Klinsmann sometimes sounds more like a life coach than a soccer coach, talking passionately about New Age concepts like learning curves and personal growth rather than strategy or tactics.

And his U.S. national team has certainly given him a lot to talk about over the past 10 days.

Dominated by Colombia in the opening game of the Copa America Centenario, Klinsmann’s squad bounced back by blowing out Costa Rica in its second game. Needing only a draw Saturday to advance to the tournament quarterfinals the team dug deep, and despite playing a man down for most of the second half, held on for a gritty, physical win over Paraguay instead.

When Colombia lost...

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