Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySoccer World DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
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
Roster: U.S. U-17 girls head to camp     
Twenty-four players have been named to a 24-player U.S. U-17 girls national team squad by Coach ...
Video Pick: All 11 players in on England U-21 goal    
England beat Germany 3-2 in a U-21 friendly earlier this week. James Ward-Prowse scored the gamewinner ...
What They're Saying: Raheem Sterling    
"It's not about the money at all. ... I talk about winning trophies throughout my career. ...
What They're Saying: Florida state senator Jeremy Ring    
"My guess is every one of you has seen a coach, a parent-coach, on the other ...
MLS adds to Fred suspension    
For the second week in a row, the MLS Disciplinary Committee has added a game to ...
Mexico and Argentina friendlies average 56,500    
Just how strong is the U.S. market for international soccer? Mexico and Argentina both played two ...
Road to Russia: Kluivert's Curacao advances    
Former Dutch great Patrick Kluivert has led Curacao to the second World Cup 2018 qualifying round ...
Klinsmann, ever the optimist, refuses to buckle    
Another blown lead didn't prevent U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann and his players from finding positives ...
Video Pick: Soccer meets 'Game of Thrones'     
Does Brek Shea look like Brienne of Tarth? Lionel Messi like Bran Stark? You can be ...
What They're Saying: Jozy Altidore    
"I want to apologize to our fans and my teammates. Emotion got the best of me ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives