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The U.S. record in its second group game at the World Cup is three wins, two losses and three ties in eight matches. But that doesn't begin
to describe the drama that the USA's second group games have always produced. We've got highlights from all but the first game with all the heroes and villains. 1930: 3-0 win over Paraguay. Bert Patenaude
scored first hat trick in World Cup history. 1950: 1-0
win over England.
The Belo Horizonte fans carried Joe Gaetjens
off the field (below) after a result so shocking the British media thought the score was a
typo. 10-1 for England? 1990: 1-0 loss to
To paraphrase U.S. coach Bob Gansler
, Peter Vermes
would have scored the equalizer if Walter Zenga
's butt was smaller. "Incredibile," said the Italian announcer. 1994: 2-1 win over Colombia.
There's been no better pass in U.S. World Cup history than Tab
through ball to Earnie Stewart
to set up the second goal. 1998: 2-1 loss to Iran.
Forgotten are the three U.S. shots off the woodwork in the first 33 minutes. "It was like the post
had a magnet on it," said Brian McBride
2002: 1-1 tie with South Korea.
Everyone remembers the goal by Clint Mathis
(@2:43), but the USA would not have
earned the point it needed to advance if Brad Friedel
had not saved Lee Eul-Yong
's penalty kick (@4:00).
2006: 1-1 tie with Italy.
The USA finished with
nine men after red cards to Pablo Mastroeni
in the 45th minute and Eddie Pope
in the 47th (beginning @3:15). 2010: 2-2 tie with Slovenia. Koman Coulibaly
's name will live in infamy among U.S. fans. Four years later, Maurice Edu
still doesn't know why the Malian
referee disallowed his goal against Slovenia that would have given the USA a 3-2 win after being down 2-0. Fox News (below) called it "the great train robbery." Note:
The USA was eliminated in the first round of the
1934, losing 7-1 to Italy in what was then a strictly knockout competition.