With the 2014 FIFA World Cup taking place in South America, it is noteworthy that the U.S. Men’s National Team has had its share of success against CONMEBOL competition in the group stage.
The USA is 2-1-0 all-time against the South American Football Confederation, representing the only winning record among the five confederations the U.S. has faced in World Cup history. The U.S. is 6-13-5 all-time in the group stage.
The U.S. will find out its group competition in Brazil this Friday when FIFA conducts the 2014 FIFA World Cup Final Draw (ESPN2, ESPN3, Univision, Univision Deportes). The draw process is expected to start at approximately 11:45 a.m. ET, with outlets starting their coverage at either 11 or 11:30 a.m.
During the inaugural FIFA World Cup in 1930, the U.S. blanked Paraguay 3-0 on July 17 as Bert Patenaude garnered a hat trick by the 50th minute. That gave the USA a 2-0-0 record to win Group 4 and advance to the semifinals against eventual tournament runner-up Argentina.
The USA’s next World Cup group match against an opponent from the CONMEBOL region was at the 1950 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. Following the infamous 1-0 victory against England several days earlier, the U.S. suffered a 5-2 loss to Chile on July 2 to wrap up Group 2 play. The USA’s Frank Wallace and Joe Maca scored back-to-back goals in the 47th and 48th minutes, respectively, to tie the score at 2-2, but Chile notched three unanswered goals to run away with the win.
The U.S. MNT’s most recent group match against the South American Football Confederation was at the 1994 FIFA World Cup, highlighted by Earnie Stewart’s tally at the near right post off of a Tab Ramos assist for a 2-1 victory against Colombia on June 22 in front of nearly 94,000 fans at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif. That clutch goal gave the USA a 2-0 lead in the 52nd minute and helped the team advance out of Group A.
- On Earnie Stewart’s goal (as told to ussoccer.com): “I was 12 at the time. My family and I were at home in Redlands. I didn’t watch soccer a lot at that age, but I watched all of the U.S. games. I vividly remember Earnie’s goal, and the ball just slipping in the near post. It was definitely an inspirational experience.” – USA forward Landon Donovan
Stewart, a dual American-Dutch citizen, first played for the United States at 21 years of age. His career spanned 14 years, including 101 full international games for the United States with the first against Portugal in 1990 and the last against Grenada in June of 2004.
Included in his 101 caps, Stewart appeared in 30 World Cup qualifiers in 1996, 1997, 2000, 2001 and 2004 and appeared in three World Cups: 1994, 1998 and 2002. Stewart appeared in four matches in the 2002 World Cup, and was honored as the captain for the USA’s 3-2 win against Portugal. One of his most memorable goals was the game-winner he scored in the USA’s 2-1 victory over Colombia in the 1994 World Cup, a game that pushed the Americans into the round of 16.
Stewart played every game of the United States’ run to the semifinals of the 1995 Copa America and the 1999 Confederations Cup. In 2001, he was both the Honda Award winner as the outstanding national-team player and the United States Soccer Federation’s Male Athlete of the Year. At the time he retired, his 30 World Cup qualifying games were an all-time national-team record. Among the other events in which he played for the United States were the 2003 Confederations Cup and the 2003 CONCACAF Gold Cup.
Stewart spent most of his club career in Holland, where he played 16 seasons for several different clubs, mostly in the top division. He also played in the 2003 and 2004 seasons in Major League Soccer, both with D.C. United, where he won an MLS championship in 2004. In those two seasons, he played 47 MLS regular-season games and six MLS playoff games.
Date of Birth
Mar 28, 1969
Point Arena, Calif.