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Let's face it—to date, US Soccer has yet to establish itself as a true world power.
It's not a knock against the USSF or the sport in this country. But the body of work shows: America is still on the outside looking in when it comes to the best footballing nations in the world.
We're close, however. Very close. And throughout the history of the USSF and US Soccer in general, the Red, White, and Blue have won a lot of big games—most of which they had no business winning.
While 2010 sees the US on the verge of breaking through into football's elite, years past have seen the US playing spoiler, underdog, and dark horse to the world's football superpowers.
Here is a collection of the greatest wins in US Soccer history, which ranges from major upsets to clutch wins.
Meanwhile, throughout the list, it becomes clear that while the evolution of soccer in America has been a slow and steady process, the US have always had the ability to play with the best in the world.
These 10 wins trace this evolution very closely, from birth to growing pains to maturity, and as the list goes on, one cannot help but realize that in America, we are on the brink of shifting our global football status from admirable competitors to feared contenders.