Oct. 14, 2011
The U.S. has only played France two times – both in 1979 – meaning only a handful of American players have ever suited up against Les Blues. Only 21 to be exact. One of those lucky few is Ty Keough, a defender for the U.S. who earned eight career caps with the National Team between 1979 and 1980. Keough, whose father is soccer legend and 1950 World Cup team member Harry Keough, was a member of the team that traveled to Paris after the U.S. lost their home match against France at Giants Stadium earlier that year, 6-0. Though the U.S. also lost the away leg as well, 3-0, Keough said the score did not reflect USA’s fighting spirit. In this Q&A, Keough told ussoccer.com what it was like to face one of the best teams in the world, and also one of the best players in the world in Michel Platini.