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10 Ways U.S. Men's Soccer Can Improve from Their Recent Slide
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After a recent run of games that included a definite high (the 5-1 thrashing of Scotland) and a low (a 4-1 destruction by Brazil), Jurgen Klinsmann and the U.S. staff can now reflect on how the U.S. Men's National Team can improve.

How they go about doing this is not overly obvious. Given that the team in camp was the best America could assemble (other than long-term injuries like Stuart Holden's), it would be easy to say that this is the apex for American soccer at the moment.

Yet improvement is an absolute necessity if the U.S. is to compete with local rivals like Mexico.

As much as Landon Donovan and company have dominated Mexico in virtually all venues except the Azteca Stadium in the last decade, things appear to be getting tougher.

Obviously, the disappointment at last summer's Gold Cup was full proof, but also, the same Brazil team which had little trouble with Klinsmann's team were thrashed by Mexico, 2-0.

With players like Javier Hernandez only entering their primes, it's a scary proposition for fans of the Red, White and Blue.

So how can the U.S. improve? Let's examine some key points.

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