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Eddie Pope

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Games of the Future Past

For its second group game, the U. S. Men’s National Team will battle Portugal in the Arena Amazonia, while immersed in the steamy, jungle conditions of Manaus. The matchup on Sunday, June 22, which is live on ESPN, WatchESPN and Univision, brings up memories of the 2002 FIFA World Cup, when these two combatants met in group play, with the United States knocking off Portugal 3-2. ussoccer.com caught up with players and coaches involved in the 2002 victory to reflect on one of the most memorable days in USMNT history.

MNT vs Mexico Highlights April 28 2004

This edition of #USAvMEX came down to the final seconds, with U.S. Men's National Team defender and future Hall of Famer Eddie Pope tapping in a rebound from close range in the 3rd minute of stoppage time to seal victory for the USA at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas.

MNT vs Scotland Highlights May 30 1998

The U.S. Men's National Team takes on Scotland in an international friendly at RFK Stadium on May 30, 1998. The teams used this game as a tuneup for the 1998 FIFA World Cup, fighting to a 0-0 tie in front of more than 40,000 in Washington, D.C.

MNT vs Canada Highlights March 16 1997

The U.S. Men's National Team defeated Canada in this World Cup Qualifier ahead of the 1998 FIFA World Cup in France. Eric Wynalda, Eddie Pope and Earnie Stewart got the goals for the USA in their win at Stanford Stadium in Palo Alto, Calif.

Eddie Pope’s successful career for the United States Men’s National Team includes nine World Cup matches played since 1998 and 82 appearances overall. His first appearance for the MNT came against Trinidad in November 1996 and the last was against Italy in June of 2006. Pope ended his eleven-year international career for the U.S. tied with Kasey Keller and Claudio Reyna for the most ever World Cup qualifying appearances in U.S. history, playing in 31 matches during three qualifying campaigns.  He turned in one of the standout performances for the U.S. defense at the 2002 FIFA World Cup, starting all five matches. He also played two games each at the 1998 and 2006 World Cups.

Pope recorded eight goals for the United States, none bigger than his strike in the USA’s 2-2 World Cup qualifying draw with Mexico on April 20, 1997. Also scoring the game-winner against Mexico on April 28, 2004 in Dallas, he added two goals to his account in 2006, netting in back-to-back games against Norway and Japan. Pope also collected a Gold Cup championship medal in 2005.

In addition to his many accolades for the United States National Team, Pope is the first three-time World Cup veteran to play his entire professional career in Major League Soccer. Pope spent his entire 11-year professional career in Major League Soccer, beginning with D.C. United in 1996. A three-time MLS champion, his greatest professional moment came when he scored the game-winning goal in overtime to give D.C. United the inaugural MLS Cup title in 1996. Selected for the All-Star game in each of his 11 seasons, the Real Salt Lake defender was named to the league’s All-Time Best XI last in 2005. He was named an MLS all-star four times, 1997 (a season in which he also was a MLS defender of the year), 1998, 2003 and 2004. During his 12 MLS seasons, he played 254 regular-season games and 27 playoff games.

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