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Accelerated Changing of the USMNT Guard Shows a Few Strong Early Returns

Before Tuesday, the last time a U.S. national team coach started multiple uncapped teenagers in the same game was January 1988. That was 18 months after the Americans missed their ninth consecutive World Cup. And it was two and a half years before a young U.S. squad went to Italy and participated in the first of seven straight finals.

That old statistic says something about the unique circumstances surrounding Tuesday’s friendly in Portugal

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