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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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Payback

There was a lot of unfavorable comment about celebrations by the U.S. women’s team at last year’s Olympics. The goal celebrations, particularly commented on after the New Zealand game, actually seemed tame to me, not all that different from what you see at men’s games all the time, but I …

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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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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 …

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Before the turning point

What did the U.S. men’s national team do in 1989? That’s an easy one. It’s well known what Paul Caligiuri and his teammates accomplished in Trinidad on Nov. 19, 1989. So what else did the U.S. men’s national team do in 1989? Not as easy. One reason why the events …

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Eligibility issues

The United States played two World Cup qualifying games against Mexico in Mexico City in January 1954. A few weeks before the games, the U.S. Soccer Football Association submitted to the Mexican federation the United States roster for the trip. The Mexican federation rejected it, saying that three players on …

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The night the U.S. women arrived

The United States was the dominant team of the early years of international women’s soccer, but it didn’t go into the first Women’s World Cup, in 1991, as the favorite. There was no favorite. Nobody really knew what to expect at that point. That changed on Nov. 24, when the …

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Footnotes

None of these items is long enough to build an entire blog entry around. So here they are just as odd facts, footnotes in American soccer history. —The United States team’s trip to the 1930 World Cup was a 12-week expedition that included nine games, three in the World Cup …

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Catching minnows

Fairly often in recent decades, the CONCACAF World Cup qualifying format has thrown the United States up against some island nation from the Caribbean in an early round, and this time it’s going to be the smallest one yet, Antigua. The last two times, this has been relatively smooth sailing, …