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John Ourand

John Ourand covers television and media for SportsBusiness Journal/Daily.

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A kick in the gut: How flameout affects U.S. soccer stakeholders

Published in SportsBusiness Journal on 10 / 16 / 17

The U.S. men’s soccer team suffered perhaps the biggest loss in its history when it fell 2-1 to Trinidad and Tobago last week and failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. That puts the U.S. out of soccer’s biggest event for the first time since 1986, even as soccer enjoys g...

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