#OTD 1995: U.S. Stuns Argentina to win the Copa America Group
As we take a short break between the group and knockout stages of the 2015 Gold Cup, we go back 20 years to an historic U.S. win that occurred not in the Gold Cup but in CONMEBOL’s Copa America held in Uruguay.
Making their second appearance in the tournament, the U.S. MNT opened up with a 2-1 win against Chile before falling 1-0 to Bolivia. Still in a decent spot to advance, the team faced the daunting task of a final group match with Argentina, knowing they would likely need a draw and some help to make it through as one of the tournament’s best third place teams.
In what was Paul Caligiuri’s 100th international appearance, the U.S. didn’t leave things to chance, opening the scoring in the 20th minute when Cobi Jones took down a cross and traversed the top of the area before leaving for Frank Klopas, who fired through traffic for the 1-0 lead.
The lead doubled in the 31st minute when Jones beat his man to the end line and sent a low cross for Alexi Lalas who deflected it home at the near post, sending the U.S. into halftime with a 2-0 lead.
Looking good to advance as the second place team in Group C, Eric Wynalda remembered, “Somebody said it in the locker room – I think it might have been Tab [Ramos], ‘You guys do realize that if we win 3-0, we win the group and it was the perfect thing to say in that moment, because we went out on the field determined to make sure we kept the clean sheet and got one more goal.”
That third goal would come just before the hour mark as Wynalda played Joe-Max Moore into the box on the right. Moore drove to the end line and took advantage of some lax defending from Roberto Ayala as he centered a ball for Wynalda. Argentina ‘keeper Carlos Bossio was wrong-footed by the play, leaving Wynalda an open net to poke home the third goal in the 58th minute. The score stood up over the next half hour, giving the U.S. one of its most historic victories to date.
Kasey Keller; Alexi Lalas, Marcelo Balboa (Mike Burns, 15’), Paul Caligiuri; Cobi Jones, Earnie Stewart, Thomas Dooley, John Harkes, Frank Klopas (Tab Ramos, 45); Joe-Max Moore, Eric Wynalda
#OTD 1993: U.S. Comes Back to Defeat Panama 2-1 in Gold Cup Group Stage
Following a 1-0 victory over Jamaica to open the 1993 CONCACAF Gold Cup, the U.S. fell behind 1-0 to Panama when Percival Piggott beat Tony Meola in the 33rd minute.
The U.S. response would come in the space of five minutes, when goals from Wynalda (69’) and Thomas Dooley (74’) stood up to give the team a 2-1 win and clinch a place in the tournament semifinals.
Tony Meola; Desmond Armstrong, Cle Kooiman, Alexi Lalas, Fernando Clavijo; Cobi Jones, Tab Ramos, Thomas Dooley, Chris Henderson; Peter Vermes (Roy Wegerle, 46’, Dominic Kinnear 77’), Eric Wynalda
#OTD 2003: McBride Brace Pushes U.S. Past Martinique
Having already beaten El Salvador 2-0 in the first group match, the U.S. faced Martinique two days later, receiving two goals from Brian McBride in four minutes.
The first came on an excellent one-two combination down the right between Richard Mulrooney and Steve Ralson which saw the latter player cross for McBride whose glancing header outside the six-yard box gave the U.S. a 1-0 lead in the 39th minute.
McBride would grab his third goal in two matches when Ralston chased down a cross from the right and centered again for the U.S. striker, who first-timed his effort home in the 43rdminute.
Kasey Keller; Frankie Hejdu, Carlos Bocanegra, Danny Califf, Greg Vanney; Earnie Stewart (Steve Ralston, 71’), Pablo Mastroeni, Claudio Reyna (Clint Mathis, 60’), Eddie Lewis (Bobby Convey, 83’); Landon Donvoan, Brian McBride
Former U.S. Men's National Team Stars Joe-Max Moore and Peter Vermes Elected Into National Soccer Hall of Fame
As a forward and midfielder who played for three U.S. World Cup teams, Moore enters the Hall of Fame in his second to last year of eligibility on the player ballot. Starting with the 1992 Olympics, Moore made 100 appearances for the Men’s National Team over the next decade, including three FIFA World Cups and his 24 goals rank fifth all-time in MNT history. He also spent six seasons in Major League Soccer – all with the New England Revolution – scoring 53 goals.
Moore scored plenty of big goals in big games for his country throughout his career, however, none bigger than his final two tallies. On Oct. 7, 2001 in Foxboro, Mass. Moore scored both goals in the crucial 2-1 World Cup clinching victory against Jamaica, spearheading the USA’s best World Cup run in history the following year.
The National Soccer Hall of Fame induction announcement comes as part of Centennial Week, as U.S. Soccer continues a year-long celebration honoring the history of the game. Centennial Week kicked off Tuesday with the ringing of the NYSE closing bell and continues Thursday with activities all day in Times Square. The week-long celebration will culminate on April 5, the exact date the U.S. Soccer charter was signed back in 1913, with a press conference at New York City Hall, lighting of the Empire State Building and a watch party for the U.S. Women’s National Team at Nevada Smiths.
Joining Moore in the Hall of Fame from the Veteran ballot is current Sporting Kansas City head coach Peter Vermes. Vermes was an integral part of the U.S. Men’s National Team from 1988-97, making his debut in the ’88 Olympic Games. He scored 11 goals in his 66 career caps and helped the MNT qualify for its first FIFA World Cup in 40 years in 1990.
Following the ’90 World Cup in Italy, Vermes captained the MNT for its championship run in the inaugural CONCACAF Gold Cup in ’91.
Vermes also became the first American to play in the Hungarian and Dutch first divisions during his club career and starred in MLS from 1996-2002 for the New York MetroStars, Colorado Rapids and Kansas City Wizards.
“Soccer is the consummate team sport and being inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame is certainly indicative of that. It is humbling and a great honor” Vermes said. “I am appreciative and have learned so much from all of the teammates I have played with and now all the players I have been around from the youth level up on the technical side. My dedication and passion for soccer will never waver and I am so grateful for this recognition.”
The location and date for the 2013 National Soccer Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony is still to be determined and will be announced at a later date.
Complete information about the election and eligibility procedures is available online at ussoccer.com.
The National Soccer Hall of Fame closed its Oneonta, N.Y., facility in 2010. The election process is being administered by U.S. Soccer Federation staff under election and eligibility guidelines established by the Hall of Fame board of directors.
Established in 1950, the National Soccer Hall of Fame is dedicated to the sport of soccer in the United States by celebrating its history, preserving its legacy, inspiring its youth and honoring its heroes for generations to come.
Date of Birth
Feb 23, 1971