World Cup by the Numbers: U.S. MNT’s Record Against 2014 Field
The U.S. Men's National Team has won six games in the FIFA World Cup against the opposing 31 countries taking part in the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
Dec. 4, 2013
The U.S. Men’s National Team has posted six wins all-time against the other 31 countries competing in the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. Though the USA holds a 6-11-4 record (.381 percentage), the percentage against this field has improved during the modern era.
Since 1990, the USA is 4-7-4 (.400) against the countries competing in Brazil, and over the past three World Cups (2002, 2006 and 2010) the U.S. is 3-3-3 (.500).
Here is the breakdown of the USA’s six victories against the 2014 FIFA World Cup countries:
- July 13, 1930: 3-0 vs. Belgium: Bart McGhee, Bert Patenaude and team captain Thomas Florie each scored a goal as the USA won its first appearance at the 1930 FIFA World Cup at Montevideo, Uruguay.
- June 29, 1950: 1-0 vs. England: Joe Gaetjens shocked heavily favored England with a 38th-minute goal to earn a victory at Belo Horizonte, Brazil.
- June 22, 1994: 2-1 vs. Colombia: The USA benefited from an own goal and Earnie Stewart scored the game-winner at the Rose Bowl at Pasadena, Calif.
- June 5, 2002: 3-2 vs. Portugal: The U.S. built a 3-0 lead through the 36th minute and held on for the Group D victory in Suwon, Korea. Brian McBride’s goal turned out to be the winner, and he assisted John O’Brien’s fourth-minute score. The USA took a 2-0 lead on a Jorge Costa own goal.
- June 17, 2002: 2-0 vs. Mexico: Against its CONCACAF rival to the south, the USA advanced to the quarterfinal stage as Brian McBride and Landon Donovan provided the scoring punch. It marked the USA’s first single-elimination win in World Cup history, and it was the USA’s first shutout since the 1-0 blanking of England at the 1950 FIFA World Cup.
- June 23, 2010: 1-0 vs. Algeria: Scoring arguably the most dramatic goal in the USA’s World Cup history, Landon Donovan tallied an unassisted rebound in the 91st minute to lift the U.S. to a Group C win and advancement to the Round of 16. It was the USA’s second first-place finish in group play, the other being the 1930 FIFA World Cup. A draw against Algeria would have eliminated the USA from the tournament.