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Close to Reaching World Cup, US Looks to Avoid Last-day Flop

United States' players attend a training session ahead of a qualifying soccer match for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, against Costa Rica, in San Jose, Costa Rica, Tuesday, March 29, 2022. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)
United States' players attend a training session ahead of a qualifying soccer match for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, against Costa Rica, in San Jose, Costa Rica, Tuesday, March 29, 2022. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)
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San Jose, Costa Rica (AP) -- American soccer's harrowing memory of the loss in Trinidad 4 1/2 years ago remains omnipresent, if no longer raw.

Denied a berth in the 2018 World Cup by a 2-1 defeat to an already-eliminated opponent, U.S. players try not to think about the fact they will qualify for this year's tournament as long as they don't lose to Costa Rica by six goals or more in Wednesday night's qualifying finale.