Watch: Sunil Gulati and Derek Armstrong discuss American soccer progress in 1987

In October 33 years ago, days before Coach Derek Armstrong guided the USA at the men's U-20 World Cup in Chile, he and Sunil Gulati, at the time U.S. Soccer's acting Secretary General and Chairman of the International Games Committee, fielded questions about the progress of American soccer on Worldnet TV.

Armstrong, who in 1980 began running the La Jolla Nomads, spoke about the increase of professional youth coaches in the USA, the role of college soccer, and improving the youth national team player selection process.

Gulati fielded a question from FIFA President Joao Havelange and emphasized importance the USA landing the 1994 World Cup as he described the evolution of the youth game and the U.S. national team program's quest to develop players for a future pro league.

Armstrong's squad included Jeff Agoos, Tony Meola, Kasey Keller, Marcelo Balboa, Danny Pena and Henry Gutierrez.

At the U-20 World Cup, Armstrong's team fell, 1-0, to Bulgaria (with Emil Kostadinov), beat Saudi Arabia (1-0), and lost 2-1 to a Berti Vogts-coached West German team included future stars Andy Moeller, Michael Preetz and Marcel Witeczek.

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