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One Loss Into Copa América, U.S. Men Know the Stakes Are High

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Bobby Wood and the U.S. have an uphill battle after an opening Copa América loss to Colombia.

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CHICAGO — The United States men’s national soccer team faces what its coach, Jurgen Klinsmann, flatly declared a “must-win” game against Costa Rica in the Copa América Centenario on Tuesday night. But if the Americans are feeling the pressure, they are not showing it.

On Sunday, several United States players serenaded fans at Wrigley Field with a version of “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” during the seventh-inning stretch of a Chicago Cubs game. And on Monday, while visiting Soldier Field for a walk-through, players insisted they were a better team than the one fans saw lose the Copa América opener.

“We know our backs are against the wall,” defender Geoff Cameron said, “but we believe in ourselves. We played well the other night.”

Still, the facts are stark. Friday’s 2-0 loss to Colombia put the Americans in an early hole, and if they fail to get a positive result on Tuesday, the team will most likely bow out…

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