/Eric Lichaj trying to force way onto U.S. World Cup qualifying team

Eric Lichaj trying to force way onto U.S. World Cup qualifying team


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Published 9:05 p.m. ET July 14, 2017 | Updated 12:56 a.m. ET July 15, 2017

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CLEVELAND (AP) — There’s plenty of stress for players trying to make the United States World Cup soccer team. Nothing like what Eric Lichaj has already faced this year, though.

The 28-year-old right back played his first game for the U.S. in more than a year at the CONCACAF Gold Cup on Wednesday, helping the team to a 3-2 victory over Martinique that tied the U.S. atop its group with Panama. The Americans conclude group play against Nicaragua on Saturday in Cleveland.

Lichaj joined the team after playing a crucial role in a tumultuous season for Nottingham Forest in England’s Championship, the second-tier league in England behind the Premier League. He was voted Player of the Year by the team’s fans and captained the team when its regular leaders were injured.

However, Forest needed to win its last game of the season by a comfortable…

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