U.S. hopes to maintain control 

June, 14, 2010
06/14/10
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PRETORIA, South Africa -- The most surprising statistic from the U.S.-England match? This one: The Yanks possessed the ball 53 percent of the time in the first half.

It's almost an article of faith, a faith based on history, that against the top teams in the world, the U.S. won't hold the ball more than its opponent for any length of time. And indeed, the Americans reverted to form in the second half, so that by the end of the match England enjoyed a 54-46 possession advantage.


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

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