Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySoccer World DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America ClassifiedsGame Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Pariani, starter on 1950 U.S. World Cup team, dies
by Paul Kennedy, May 11th, 2007 7AM

MOST READ
TAGS:  men's national team, us open cup, world cup

MOST COMMENTED

Gino Pariani, the inside right for the 1950 U.S. World Cup team that produced one of the greatest upsets in World Cup history, died on Wednesday at the age of 79 after a two-year battle with bone cancer.

Pariani, a member of the National Soccer Hall of Fame, played a key role in the 1-0 upset of England, maintaining ball possession for the USA. Pariani's only goal in five games for the USA came in the World Cup opener, a 3-1 loss to Spain.

Pariani was born to Italian immigrants and grew up on the Hill, the Italian section of St. Louis, where he began his soccer career at the age of 13. By age 15, he was playing in the top division, winning a league championship with Schumackers. He won U.S. Open Cup championships with St. Louis power Simpkins-Ford in 1948 and 1950.

Pariani was one of four players on Simpkins-Ford who played against England. Pariani and goalie Frank Borghi grew up together on the Hill, on Daggett Street, where a plaque marks their celebrity.

"Gino was probably more appreciated by his teammates than the fans," World Cup teammate and fellow Hall of Famer Walter Bahr said. "Always reliable, always gave a good game -- you could depend upon him to do his job well."

With Pariani's death, only four players from that team are still alive: Harry Keough, John Sousa, Bahr and Borghi. The story of the 1950 squad was told in the 2005 film, "The Game of Their Lives."

A wake is planned from 3 to 9 p.m. Monday at Kutis Funeral Home in Affton, followed by a funeral mass at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Seven Holy Founders Catholic Church.



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
What They're Saying: CFU president Gordon Derrick    
"I think it is just politics, people are trying to create an atmosphere. If they can ...
Former USL PRO coach cleared on homicide charges    
Chris Spendlove, a former OKC Energy FC assistant coach, was cleared on charges in the death ...
Orlando City presents new details of downtown stadium    
Orlando City presented additional details of its $155 million downtown stadium that will have an increased ...
Video Pick: Amazing overhead golazo in Paraguay    
The Torneo Clausura season is still young in Paraguay, but it may already have its goal ...
Fox Sports will air all 306 Bundesliga matches    
Fox Sports will debut its coverage of the German Bundesliga on Aug. 14 when defending champion ...
NASL Roundup: Rowdies sign second No. 1 MLS draft pick    
First they signed Freddy Adu, Now, the Tampa Bay Rowdies have signed Omar Salgado, giving them ...
MLS All-Star Game averages 833,000 viewers    
Wednesday's AT&T MLS All-Star Game drew 548,000 viewers for Fox Sports 1's first broadcast of the ...
What They're Saying: Hugo Perez    
"I hereby thank the Salvadoran people for their support in regards to the position of national-team ...
ICYMI | MLS: Drogba gets a rock-star greeting in Montreal    
Hundreds of fans turned out to welcome Didier Drogba to Montreal. Philly's new signing, Tranquillo Barnetta, ...
U.S. Abroad: Torres absent from Copa Libertadores final    
After starting both legs of the semifinals, Jose Torres did not play for Mexico's Tigres in ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives