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ASN Morning Read: So Close, and Yet So Far

The United States men's national team is just a day away from kicking off against Mexico to start the Hexagonal round of World Cup qualification. So that's fun. Hey look, everyone is running.
BY Noah Davis Posted
November 10, 2016
3:30 AM
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  • MB90: "I would hope that our fans do what they always do, which is support our team in the best and most passionate way possible. I would hope that they give every person in that stadium the respect they deserve, whether they are Mexican, American, man, woman or child. I hope that it is a special night in every way. U.S. v Mexico – this is the biggest game that we play."

  • On MB90: "Bradley is one of the best players on the US national team and the way that he is utilized is important to the team’s overall success. It looks as though Klinsmann has figured out where his captain is best deployed, which could mean that US fans will be celebrating on Friday night."

  • Pulisic: "The step-by-step approach of Tuchel and Klinsmann over the past year has been utterly sensible. Pulisic has been given increasing doses of playing time and responsibility, but at this point, the plea for caution isn't working, especially ahead of Friday's World Cup qualifier against bitter rivals Mexico. In fact, it will be a massive shock if Pulisic doesn't start the match in Columbus, Ohio, which would be his first against El Tri at any level. Ask Pulisic if he needs to be protected, and one can sense inner conflict."

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