With the US-Mexico WCQ tonight, we thought it appropriate to share this photo. Sometimes things are complicated.
We’re sure you’ve seen all the photos from Friday’s WCQ, but we just wanted to put this up because it’s our favorite.
The U.S. bid to host the 1986 World Cup was a failure, with Mexico winning FIFA’s nod instead after Colombia withdrew from hosting. Eight years later, the U.S. showed it could host a successful World Cup in 1994.
Pictured: Kurt Lamm and Werner Fricker of the US Soccer Federation.
Footage from the inaugural World Cup in 1930, in which the United States placed third.
United States vs. Portugal, from the 2002 World Cup Group Stage. Why not stay up a bit?
Propelled by a Paul Caligiuri peach, the US Men defeated Trinidad and Tobago 1-0 in a 1989 World Cup Qualifying match, gaining entrance for World Cup 1990, their first in 40 years. In this video, members of the 1990 USMNT team discuss Caligiuri’s goal.
The 1973 U.S. Men’s National Team.
Source: The Philly Soccer Page.
Full match: United States - Mexico, World Cup 2002.
Team USA defeats England 1-0 in the 1950 World Cup after a Joe Gaetjens’ goal, in one of the biggest upsets in the history of the sport.
American star John Souza, pictured 31st March 1950 in St. Louis, Mo., before a game against the champions of Turkey. A native of Fall River, Mass., he led club side Ponta Delgada to back-to-back US Open Cup finals in 1946 and 1947 (winning the title in the latter year).
Souza played 16 times for the US men’s national team, scoring twice and taking part in the Americans’ famous victory over England at the 1950 World Cup. Souza died aged 91, on March 11th 2012.