How we got here, Day 1.
July 7th, 1988, somewhere in Zurich, US Soccer wins the biggest match to have ever competed on. This was the one that changed everything, its opponents; Brazil and Morocco.
Although it was far from a land slide, it was the best choice for the Universal growth of the sport, and FIFA couldn’t deny it.
July 7th, 1988, the day FIFA awarded the US the bid to host the 1994 World Cup.
The shot heard round the world, Day 2
November 19, 1989, I was too young to know what had just happened, sometime during the Spanish evening news, the word was that the US Soccer team had defeated Trinidad & Tobago 1-0 to advance to the World Cup in Italy. This was the first time in over 40 years that the US would qualify for the tournament, for the few Americans that followed the sport, it was the greatest thing since the Victory over England in 1950. For me, an over energetic and already devoted 10 year old soccer fan, it meant that aside from Diego Mardona's Argentina, I had another team I could root for, and I did just that, for many years to come.
“Ramos, bring it in, to Caligiuri, beats the first man, a left footed shot!, Paul Caligiuri has scored a goal and the US leads one nothing!”