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5 from South Carolina schools on US World Cup team

Columbia, SC -

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The search for America's best soccer team took a long look at the Palmetto State.

Five of the 23 members of the 2010 U.S. World Cup team played their college soccer in South Carolina, the most of any state. That includes such stars as midfielder Clint Dempsey, who played at Furman, and lockdown defender Oguchi Onyewu, a star during his two seasons at Clemson.

The others who played at state colleges are backup goalkeeper Brad Guzan from South Carolina, midfielder Ricardo Clark of Furman and midfielder Stuart Holden of Clemson.

All are heading to South Africa to compete against the best in the world.

Mark Berson, who coached Guzan at South Carolina, says the picks show how strong the collegiate game is in one of the nation's smallest states.

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