I've noticed that 6 years after Steve Sampson was fired as coach of the national team, that he is still being bashed every time '98 cup or now Costa Rica's qualifying is mentioned. Although he deserves criticism for these performances, and I am glald Bruce Arena is head coach and not him, Sampson should get some credit for the rise of the USMNT during his tenure. Here are some of the unprecedented accomplishments that took place: 1. USA gets 4th place of '95 Copa America. I think this is one of the most forgotten performances for the US men(It might have had a bigger impact on me than others because I was living abroad and able to watch on free TV - whereas it was PPV here) This performace included a win vs Chile, a 3-0 Win agains Argentina and beating Mexico in PK's in the quarterfilnals 2. USA beats Brazil 1-0 in '98 Gold Cup semifinal 3. USA qualifies for first world cup fin '98or first time in almost 50 years without any outside help(in '90 Mexico was suspended and '94 was automatic) 4. USA wins US cup (i think it was '94 ) Included was 4-0 win against Mexico, a win against Nigeria and holding off Colombia for a 0-0 tie to win the cup. 1994-98 was an important time for the USMNT that I hope doesn't get forgotten.