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The Dnepr difference

A few years ago, I heard Richard Groff, a longtime Pennsylvania soccer official, refer to a 1989 game in Philadelphia between the U.S. men’s national team and Dnepr Dnepropetrovsk, a Soviet first-division club, as a major turning point in American soccer. I was familiar with this game, since I had …

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The grant program of 1988-94

After the United States won the right to host the 1994 World Cup, the U.S. Soccer Federation had to face the difficulties of fielding a respectable United States team in that World Cup, difficulties resulting particularly from the folding of the North American Soccer League in 1985 and financial troubles …

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The day the U.S. packed them in

There have been instances in recent years when fans of the other team came out to see a U.S. national team game because the opponent was the United States, but those mostly were World Cup qualifiers where fans were eager to see their heroes beat the gringos. There is one …

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A soggy homecoming

The U.S. men’s national team played its first home game (after seven on the road) at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn on Nov. 8, 1925. It would be tempting to say that this was the U.S. team’s first game on its home soil, but that would be stretching a point somewhat. …

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The road to Belo Horizonte

The United States’ famous victory over England in the 1950 World Cup might not have been possible if it weren’t for the efforts of Peter Matevich. Who? Nobody by that name played that day in Belo Horizonte. In fact, there was no Peter Matevich on the United States roster at …

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Down and out

A lot of what I’ve written about the U.S. men’s national team in this series of posts on historical matters has had to do with high points, like events in 1991 and 1995. It’s time to give a little attention to low points. The United States had a 40-year drought …

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The Cummings Report

At the conclusion of the United States team’s trip to the 1930 World Cup in Uruguay, the manager of the team, Wilfred Cummings, wrote a report to the USFA on the trip. The report is much longer than I have room for here, more than 4,000 words, but here are …

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The way it wasn’t

People who saw the 2005 movie Game of Their Lives, since retitled The Miracle Match, are familiar with the fact that shortly before it left for the 1950 World Cup in Brazil, the U.S. national team played a game in New York against a touring English FA team. I have …

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Happy days

The U.S.men’s national team has scored a few famous upsets against major teams over the years, and also a few significant victories that are not as well remembered. Here are four of the latter: United States 1, Poland 0, New Britain, Conn., Aug. 12, 1973: This was the fourth time …

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A change of uniform

Would the U.S. Soccer Federation ever take the step of asking the Los Angeles Galaxy or the Chicago Fire to take the field in place of the U.S. men’s national team for a few games? Obviously not. A ridiculous idea. But something like that has happened a few times, decades …