Friday March 22nd, 2013

Clint Dempsey was surprisingly named the captain in the absence of Carlos Bocanegra and Tim Howard.
Clint Dempsey was surprisingly named the captain in the absence of Carlos Bocanegra and Tim Howard.
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Join Avi Creditor for a live chat during the U.S.' World Cup qualifying match against Costa Rica in Commerce City, Colo., on Friday night at 9:45. The U.S. was in last place in the Hexagonal with zero points after one match, a loss at Honduras in February. Join the conversation by commenting below.

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