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Klinsmann sees Copa as positive step

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GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) Jurgen Klinsmann thinks a fourth-place finish in the Copa America was a step in the right direction. U.S. Soccer Federation President Sunil Gulati will speak to his coach and assess.

After opening with a 2-0 loss to third-ranked Colombia, the No. 31 United States beat Costa Rica, Paraguay and 13th-ranked Ecuador to advance to a semifinal against No. 1 Argentina. Lionel Messi and his teammates routed the U.S. 4-0, and the Americans closed with a 1-0 loss to Colombia in Saturday's third-place game.

"It's a tough tournament," Gulati said. "We didn't lose to anybody in the tournament that's ranked outside the top five in the world, but we need to win some of those games, obviously."

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