Second half goals from Josh Wolff and 18-year old Landon Donovan provided the margin of victory as the United States and Mexico renewed their long-standing regional rivalry in front of more than 60,000 fans at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
What better way to get you ready for Wednesday’s game then taking you back to the birth of Dos a Cero.
It was February 28, 2001 and the site was Columbus, Ohio. The US were hosting Mexico at Columbus Crew Stadium in the opening game for both teams in the Hex. It was cold and Mexico didn’t like that.
The US entered the game on a two-game wining streak over Mexico after going 0-4-4 in the previous eight meetings with El Tri. Bruce Arena threw out the following starting lineup (4-4-2): Friedel; Regis, Agoos, Pope, Sanneh; Jones, Armas, Reyna (c), Stewart; McBride, Moore.
One more Youtube Flashback of a prior World Cup game to get you ready for Monday’s game. While everyone always goes to Landon Donovan’s goal against Algeria when talking about the 2010 World Cup, the second half of the Slovenia game was fun yet frustrating at the same time. So sit back, relax and enjoy the whole game.
I was flipping through my cable’s onDemand the other night and found a World Cup category under ESPN. They had this game on there, but in a condensed 22 minutes, so I thought I would find the full game since it is a good one.
Paul Caligiuri scored one of the most famous goals in US Soccer history during this November 19, 1989 qualifier, clinching the US’s first World Cup berth since 1950. Plus, this game has a much younger JP Dellacamera doing the play-by-play.
We can thank Josh Deaver for finding this bad boy on Youtube. While ESPN premiered their latest 30 For 30/Hard Knocks-type show on the USMNT last night (which was fantastic), US Soccer released a DVD in 2002 which followed the team during its wild run during the 2002 World Cup.
And here is the hour-long documentary for your enjoyment. My personal favorite moment comes around the 9:50 mark with Frankie Hejduk giving a young Landon Donovan some advice in a hotel room as they look out the window with some reggae music being played in the background. Good times.