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Canada loss was our letdown - USA U23 and LA Galaxy midfielder Stephens

LA Galaxy midfielder Michael Stephens feels the USA U23 team were let down by a disappointing loss to Canada rather than the 3-3 draw with El Salvador on Monday.

The US Olympic hopefuls came up short in their quest for London 2012 action when they conceded a late goal against El Salvador but Stephens, who came on just before Jaime Alas' goal denied their hopes, says the 2-0 defeat to Canada was the match that mattered most.

"We have to look at that Canada game as the game that kind of let us down," he said after the US had beaten Cuba 6-0 but then failed in their next qualifying game.

"The El Salvador game we had a five-minute spell there in the first half but outside of that I think we had a decent performance. The first game we had a really good game so you have to look at the Canada game that got away a little bit and once there we just got punished in that last game in a short period of time and that's how the game goes."

Stephens admitted it was an extremely disappointing way to go out but from a personal viewpoint is now looking forward to focusing on club soccer with reigning MLS champions the Galaxy.

"It's a huge disappointment to all of us but you've got to get on with it personally and continue on moving forward," he added. "It's a long season here with the Galaxy and it's going to be nice jumping back into a game and trying to get my mind off it."

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Andrew Slevison
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