By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (July 22, 2013) US Soccer Players – The USA may be preparing to take on Honduras Wednesday night in the semifinals of the Gold Cup, but the greatest semifinal match to ever take place at the CONCACAF tournament occurred in 1998 between the Americans and Brazil. In what is one of the greatest moments in US Soccer history, the National Team defeated Brazil 1-0 that . . .
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (June 10, 2013) US Soccer Players – Coming off a successful 1994 World Cup, the National Team was looking to build on that in 1995 under interim coach Steve Sampson. The Bora Milutinovic era had come to an end and under Sampson the Americans were looking to become a more attack-minded squad. In 1995, the United States, along with its CONCACAF rival Mexico, accepted . . .
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (May 21, 2013) US Soccer Players – The United States entered the 1994 World Cup in an unusual position. The Americans were hosting the tournament for the first time, but were in no way contenders for the Cup. Though any grouping would seem difficult at the time, the US got a tricky draw with Colombia, Romania and Switzerland in Group A. The biggest game in the . . .
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (April 15, 2013) US Soccer Players – 1989 stands out as an important year, if not the most important for US Soccer in its 100-year history. It was when the USA put 40 years of frustration to an end by qualifying for the World Cup finals. Although it was a team effort, a defensive midfielder named Paul Caligiuri – and his lone goal against Trinidad & Tobago – . . .
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (March 11, 2013) US Soccer Players – The United States did not always make history on the soccer field. Sometimes it happened in the boardroom. In 1988, July 4th of that year to be exact, FIFA awarded the United States the 1994 World Cup. That moment would forever change the course of the game in this country and led to an unprecedented growth in the sport that . . .
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Feb 25, 2013) US Soccer Players – Nearly 63 years later, it remains one of the biggest upsets in World Cup history. When the USA defeated England 1-0 at the 1950 World Cup, it sent shockwaves across the soccer world. To this day, it is considered by many to be one of the biggest – if not the biggest – victories in National Team history. Twenty years after the . . .
In occasion of US Soccer’s centennial celebration this year, US Soccer Players will highlight a noteworthy event in American soccer history. In the first installment, we look at the USA’s 3-0 win over Belgium in its first-ever World Cup game in 1930 and its third-place finish at the tournament. By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Jan 28, 2013) US Soccer Players – By the time the 1930 World Cup . . .
By Michael Lewis - NEW YORK, NY (Aug 9, 2010) US Soccer Players -- 15. That's how many times the USMNT has taken the field against what is rightly considered the best team in the history of world soccer. Brazil, the owner of five World Cups and the host of the 2014 tournament. In all, the USMNT have one win and a draw to show against the Brazilians, with a -19 goal differential. Of course, . . .
When American soccer fans think back to 1989, most everyone associates that year with Paul Caligiuri's "Goal Heard Around the World." That was the USMNT's victory over Trinidad & Tobago in Port of Spain in November, clinching a berth in the 1990 World Cup for Bob Gansler's young side. Though Caligiuri's strike was arguably the most important goal scored in modern US history, it was not . . .