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Making strides: Young defenders play well for Americans in win

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SAO PAULO — After one game and one impressive win, the U.S. defense is holding its own.

Slowing down world player of the year Cristiano Ronaldo on Sunday in Manaus figures to be a far stiffer test for this young group.

For all the times the Americans heard how inexperienced their back line would be heading into the World Cup, they’re riding high with confidence after Monday’s 2-1 opening win against Ghana. The victory greatly increased their odds of advancing…

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