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  • "For us, there's nothing we can do about it," Besler said before Sunday's training at Stanford Stadium. "We can't change the fact that we've never experienced a World Cup. We're looking at it as a great opportunity. We've never done it before but everyone is excited and really hungry to prove that we belong here and that we can do well."

    Inexperienced US back line heads to World Cup →

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