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United States Ties Portugal to Begin the Task of Rebuilding

LEIRIA, Portugal — It may be some time yet before the United States men’s national team can outrun the memories of Oct. 11, when a rash of ineptitude, a stunning defeat and an unlikely confluence of unfortunate external events cost it a place in next summer’s World Cup.

However long that process lasts, it will have to unfold in a sequence of diffident baby steps, very much like the ones achieved here Tuesday night, when the Americans fought to a 1-1 draw in an exhibition match against Portugal.

For the American players, the game itself held little competitive meaning, besides as a starting gun of sorts for the monumental task of rebuilding the program.