Friday, July 17, 2009

Milestone Games in US Soccer history

(In chronological order)

1) 1950 vs England - 1-0 victory in the World Cup is still one of the greatest upsets in sports history.

2) 1989 vs T&T - "Shot heard round the world". Paul Caligiuri's goal propelled the US into their first World Cup in 40 years.

3) 1994 vs Columbia (WC) - A stunning upset, through the defensive efforts of Lalas and Balboa, which sends the US to the 2nd round. Andres Escobar is consequently killed for his own goal, likely by the Colombian cartel.

4) 1998 vs Brazil - Kasey Keller's effort vs #1 Brazil in the Gold Cup was called by Romario as the best night of goalkeeping he had ever seen. US Soccer's 1st upset of the #1 ranked team in the world.

5) 2002 vs Portugal - Title contender Portugal's hopes were given a jolt when Sanneh's perfect cross which McBride speared home in the 36th minute gave the US an early 3-0 lead in the opening group game of the WC.

6) 2002 vs Mexico - Donovan's dominance over Mexico truly emerges in this dos a cero victory. It also puts the US in the quarterfinals - the farthest they've ever gone in the modern WC age.

7) 2006 vs Italy - Okay, it wasn't a win. But they were the only team to get a point off World Cup champion Italy and they held the Azzurri with only 9 men on sweat, blood (literally - see McBride) and guts. Okay, its also because I was there. It was the greatest sporting experience I've been apart of. Never heard the national anthem sung so loudly.

8) 2009 vs Spain - Miracle on grass. Arguably the best game US soccer has ever played.

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