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Emotional Ukraine team beats a sloppy U.S., 2-0, in World Cup tuneup
Emotional Ukraine team beats a sloppy U.S., 2-0, in World Cup tuneup

If World Cup tuneups are designed to build confidence and improve team chemistry, then Ukraine's emotional 2-0 win over the U.S. on Wednesday in Larnaca, Cyprus, was a disaster for the Americans. But if the idea is to identify weaknesses and expose mistakes, then the match was a huge success. Because the U.S. did little right in a sloppy, confused effort that is all the more worrisome since it came less than 100 days from the start of this summer's tournament in Brazil. "It was difficult for a lot of players to get into a rhythm, to stand out," said U.S. Coach Juergen Klinsmann, who used the match as a final evaluation for the European-based players on the fringes...

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