In Soccer America 30 years ago: USA returns to the World Cup

In April 1990, when Soccer America published a weekly print magazine, we previewed the USA's first World Cup appearance in 40 years.

After failing to qualify for the World Cup since its 1950 appearance when it famously upset England, 1-0, the USA, which had no pro outdoor league at the time, clinched a spot at Italia 90 with a team coached by Bob Gansler. Here's a sampling of pages from Soccer America's 1990 World Cup Preview.

The lineup prediction:



3 comments about "In Soccer America 30 years ago: USA returns to the World Cup".
  1. Octavio Zambrano, April 22, 2020 at 9:31 a.m.

    A valid argument can be made about these players developing largely without the rigidity of so called Academies and their overwhelming enphasis on fitness. If I remember correctly, the decision to leave Hugo Pérez out of the squad severely weakened the US chances, the team unfortunately focused way too much on running and did not fully take advantage of a few creative gems it did have.  Overall, a balanced team that could have achieved more.

  2. Octavio Zambrano replied, April 22, 2020 at 9:33 a.m.

    I meant emphasis, énfasis en español.

  3. frank schoon replied, April 24, 2020 at 11:48 a.m.

    Octavio, No Perez????? What do you expect when you see who the coach is. "Focus on running", duh...no surprise there....When you look at these players and compare them to today's group and considering the so-called improvement in licensed coaches, DA programs and what not over the years can you honestly say that today's players are better....I don't think so.....

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