Maturity key in draw with England 

June, 12, 2010
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RUSTENBURG, South Africa -- Four years of preparation. Two years of qualifying. Six months of game-planning for one match. And in four minutes, it all could have been over for the U.S. soccer team.

That's basically what happened with the 2006 version of the squad, which gave up a goal in the early minutes of its first match, against the Czech Republic. That U.S. team never recovered from the goal, losing the opener 3-0 and washing out of Germany after three games.


To see how the U.S. has grown since 2006, the lessons they learned in qualifying and how they applied them against England, you must be an ESPN Insider.

Luke Cyphers is a former senior writer for ESPN The Magazine.

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