2009 FIFA U-17 World Cup

Recurring theme of missed chances as U.S. falls to Italy

November 4, 2009
By Brent Latham
KADUNA, Nigeria -- With the American team eliminated from the FIFA U-17 World Cup after a 2-1 loss to Italy, an evaluation of the team's performance -- in their knockout round match Wednesday with Italy and in the tournament in general -- is really a matter of recognizing that there are two sides to every coin.

On one hand, maybe the U.S. U-17 team never played to their full potential in Nigeria. They demonstrated plenty of skill and flair, and outpossessed all their opponents, but couldn't ...

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