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U.S.A. 1994
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COACH: Bora MILUTINOVIĆ

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GOALKEEPERS:

1 Tony MEOLA
12 Juergen SOMMER
18 Brad FRIEDEL

DEFENDERS:

2 Michael LAPPER
3 Mike BURNS
4 Cle KOOIMAN
5 Thomas DOOLEY
17 Marcelo BALBOA
20 Paul CALIGIURI
21 Fernando CLAVIJO
22 Alexi LALAS

MIDFIELDERS:

6 John HARKES
7 Hugo PÉREZ
9 Tab RAMOS
13 Cobi JONES
16 Michael SORBER
19 Claudio REYNA

FORWARDS:

8 Earnie STEWART
10 Roy WEGERLE
11 Eric WYNALDA
14 Frank KLOPAS
15 Joe Max MOORE


INFO:

Building on the experience from the 1990 World Cup, the US looked to improve with the 1994 World Cup taking place on their home turf for the first time ever. The 1994 World Cup featured 24 teams in nine different cities throughout the United States. The tournament attracted over three million people, shattering attendance records with the average number of fans per game in the 67,000-69,000 range. It was also the highest-attended single sport event in US history.

Due to being the hosts, the US did not have to qualify for the tournament, but the US did beat Mexico, 1-0, at the Rose Bowl in preparation for the tournament. The US ended up in Group A along with Romania, Switzerland and Colombia.

The first game of pool play was against Switzerland in the first ever game indoors (Pontiac Silverdome in Detroit). The US fell behind 1-0 in the 39th minute, but Eric Wynalda countered with a free kick goal in the 45h minute. The Swiss then turned on the attack in the second half, but the Americans held on for the 1-1 draw.

The US’ second game was against Colombia at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. The US got on the scoreboard first, but it was due to the now-famous own goal by Colombian defender Andres Escobar. Escobar was later shot dead in his home country after the tournament. The United States took a 2-0 lead after Ernie Stewart scored in the 52nd minute. The US would surrender one goal late in the game, but held on to upset Colombia 2-1.

The last game of the group stage was against Romania and was also played at the Rose Bowl. The US only needed a point to assure a spot in the round of 16, but the Romanians drew first blood with a goal in the 17th minute. That was all they needed as Romania won 1-0.

The US was tied with Switzerland for second place in the group, but lost out an automatic spot in the round of 16 due to goal differential. The Americans had two watch two more days of action before they were able to secure one of the four third-place slots in the round of 16.

The Americans then took on Brazil at Stanford Stadium in Stanford, California in the round of 16 on the Fourth of July. The US held Brazil scoreless for much of the match despite missing John Harkes due to yellow cards and a few players battling injuries. Brazil finally scored a goal in the 72nd minute when Bebeto scored after Romario drew the defense out of position. The United States lost, but did far better than most experts thought.

Yet again, the Americans were knocked out of the World Cup by a team that went on to win the whole thing as Brazil defeated Italy in penalty kicks.

The 1994 team featured six players from the 1990 squad. A good number of the members of the 1994 squad were contracted directly to US Soccer due to the number of friendlies being played to build up a respectable side. Many of the players on the team were also among the first players in the MLS once the league started in 1996.


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