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Goal of the Week: Juan Agudelo v. Argentina, March 2011

With a Copa America semi-final looming, let’s look back at the last American to score a goal against Argentina.  Continue reading “Goal of the Week: Juan Agudelo v. Argentina, March 2011”

Goal of the Week: Clint Mathis v. South Korea, June 2002

South Korea had one of the stingiest defenses in the 2002 World Cup.  The co-host reached the semi-finals, and before the third place game, conceded to only Clint Mathis, Christian Vieri, and Michael Ballack.  Among those goal-scorers, Mathis scored with the most style. Continue reading “Goal of the Week: Clint Mathis v. South Korea, June 2002”

Goal of the Week: Bruce Murray v. Austria, June 1990

Bruce Murray emerged from the wilderness of mid-80s US soccer to retire as the leading goal scorer in national team history.  Though it was a consolation goal, it’s fitting that his list of accomplishments includes scoring in the World Cup. Continue reading “Goal of the Week: Bruce Murray v. Austria, June 1990”

Goal of the Week: Conor Casey v. Honduras, October 2009

The US entered this World Cup Qualifier against Honduras on top of the Hex.  A win would clinch a World Cup berth, but an injured Clint Dempsey required tactical shuffling in the attack.  In the build-up to the match, Bob Bradley mentioned the need to evaluate not just individual strikers, but striker pairings, indicating he’d stick with a 4-4-2.  Even with this comment, few, if any, predicted a starting lineup featuring Charlie Davies and Conor Casey.  The two strikers had just 10 caps between them, but the move proved to be a masterstroke from Bradley. Continue reading “Goal of the Week: Conor Casey v. Honduras, October 2009”

Goal of the Week: Joe-Max Moore v. Argentina, June 1999

When the US faced Argentina in 1999, it was the first encounter between the two sides since the US’ famous 3-0 upset win in Copa America 1995.  Of course, four years is an eternity in international soccer, and Earnie Stewart, Cobi Jones, Joe-Max Moore, and Kasey Keller were the only holdovers from that victory.

Like he did a year prior in his masterful display against Brazil, Keller played an enormous role in this game.  Continue reading “Goal of the Week: Joe-Max Moore v. Argentina, June 1999”

Goal of the Week: Carlos Bocanegra v. Guatemala, August 2008

Across the US Soccer aesthetic spectrum, there is ugly, CONCACAF ugly, and then this game ugly. Continue reading “Goal of the Week: Carlos Bocanegra v. Guatemala, August 2008”

Goal of the Week: Brian McBride v. Guatemala, September 2000

After an away draw to Guatemala and the most CONCACAF of endings in Costa Rica, the US found itself in last place in the semifinal round of  2002 World Cup Qualifying.  A 7-0 assault against Barbados helped calm the panic, but the US still treated the home match against Guatemala as a must-win.  Continue reading “Goal of the Week: Brian McBride v. Guatemala, September 2000”

Goal of the Week: John Harkes v. Ireland, May 1992

The time between World Cup 1990 and World Cup 1994 is an unsung one.  The abridged version of US Soccer history in the early 90s: Caligiuri’s goal; valiant drubbing in Italy; America discovers soccer by hosting the World Cup.

By hosting the World Cup, though, the US found itself without a slate of competitive matches.  Enter two new tournaments: the CONCACAF Gold Cup, played for the first time as a standalone competition in 1991, and the now defunct US CupContinue reading “Goal of the Week: John Harkes v. Ireland, May 1992”

Goal of the Week: Fabian Johnson v. Turkey, June 2014

Fabian Johnson, usually noted for his contribution in the attacking build-up, turned goal-scorer with this technical strike. Continue reading “Goal of the Week: Fabian Johnson v. Turkey, June 2014”

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