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The story of Team USA's 2010 World Cup is a series of "what ifs?" In the 2009 Confederations Cup, the U.S. had beaten Spain and gone up 2-0 in the final against Brazil before losing 3-2. However, before the tournament, the U.S. lost three key players to injury in Stuart Holden, Oguchi Onyewu and Charlie Davies.
Holden and Onyewu made it back in time for the tournament, but they didn't make a significant impact. In the injured players' stead, the U.S. relied largely upon Robbie Findley, Ricardo Clark and Jay DeMerit. Findley was ineffective up top, Clark made several key errors that hurt the U.S. cause, and DeMerit, while playing well, struggled at times with the pace of the U.S.'s opponents.
The U.S. tied England 1-1, Slovenia 2-2 and beat Algeria 1-0 in group play to finish at the top of their group, battling through two wrongly disallowed goals in the process.
In the round of 16, the U.S. was unceremoniously dumped out of the tournament by Ghana.