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World Cup: Omar Gonzalez says USMNT needs 'direction'

World Cup: Omar Gonzalez says USMNT needs 'direction'

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June 13 (UPI) -- Somewhere, trapped in Omar Gonzalez's mind is a 17th minute he won't soon forget. And neither will fans of the United States Men's National Team as they watch a pool of 32 countries clash for World Cup glory starting Thursday in Russia. A World Cup without the United States for the first time since 1986. A tournament without "One Nation, One Team" banners and "I believe that we will win" chants. Gonzalez can't shake the own goal he scored on Oct. 10. It was the first score in a last-gasp World Cup qualifying bout against Trinidad and Tobago, putting his team down in a game that needed to result in a draw for the USMNT to clinch a spot among the world's elite. The scoreboard at Ato Boldon Stadium flickered with a 2-1 loss before it went dark that night, like the USMNT's a...