A tale of two halves in USMNT send-off

Posted on 31 May 2010 by ASN Staff

Jozy Altidore in action v Turkey ©Terry McLaughlin/ASN

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair. On the eve of departing for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, the U.S. Men’s National Team had everything before it, had nothing before it, it was going all the way to the World Cup final, or toward first round elimination – in short, some of the noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.

With apologies to Charles Dickens, from whom the previous paragraph was lifted and (in small pieces) adapted for the current situation facing the U.S. World Cup squad, we present coverage of its last warm-up match on U.S. soil. ASN Philly’s Breton Bonnette reports from Lincoln Financial Field. Terry McLaughlin supplies the photos.

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