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Albright shines in U.S. soccer win

Led by former Virginia forward Chris Albright, the U.S. men's soccer team beat Kuwait 3-1 in Melbourne, Australia Tuesday. The game gave the men (1-0-2) their first win in the 2000 Olympics and ensured passage to the quarterfinals.

Albright scored an insurance goal in the 63rd minute to put the United States up, 2-0. Former Maryland defender Danny Califf opened the scoring with a header in the 40th minute, off a corner kick by former Cav Jeff Agoos. Following a Kuwaiti goal, Landon Donovan scored on a breakaway in the 89th minute to secure the 3-1 win. Ben Olsen, another former Cav, started at midfield.

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Tuesday marked the first time the U.S. had advanced past the group stage since it began Olympic play in 1924. Bob Contiguglia, president of the U.S. Soccer Federation, cited the emergence of Major League Soccer as a major factor.

"We can play with anyone now," he told The Washington Post. "It showed in this tournament."

Olsen, Agoos, Albright, Califf and ten other MLS players are on the Olympic team.

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