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Kicked around for years, U.S. soccer comes into its own

It was a turnout worthy of champions —some 5,000 boisterous fans waiting for hours at New York City's Kennedy Airport for the triumphant return of their team and their hero. Was it for the first-place Yankees that the crowd had gathered? The football Giants or Jets? No, it was for a team whose name is still strange to many Americans, but one that should become increasingly familiar: the Cosmos, newly crowned champions of the North American Soccer League. And above all it was for...

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