MNT Jun 19, 2011
Clint Dempsey celebrates scoring against Egypt on Father's Day in 2009.
Today’s game against Jamaica at RFK Stadium marks the eighth time the U.S. Men’s National Team has taken the field on Father’s Day. Overall the U.S. has a 4-2-1 record on the third Sunday in June, including matches in the FIFA World Cup, FIFA Confederations Cup and World Cup qualifying.
Perhaps the biggest Father’s Day result is the most recent, with the U.S. advancing to the semifinals of the 2009 Confederations Cup with a 3-0 victory against Egypt on goals by Michael Bradley, Charlie Davies and Clint Dempsey.
That victory was the second victory on the holiday by U.S. head coach Bob Bradley, father of Michael. The first was the most lopsided victory in U.S. history, an 8-0 win to kick off qualifying for South Africa on June 15, 2008.
The Barbados win was the second qualifying win for the U.S. on Father’s Day, with the U.S. slogging through a 3-2 victory against Grenada four years earlier in the second leg of a qualifying series in St. George’s, Grenada.
In 1995 and 1996 the U.S. had consecutive Father’s Day matchups against Mexico. In 1995 at RFK Stadium, the U.S. stunned Mexico 4-0, the largest margin of victory for the U.S. in 57 meetings all-time and the first time ever the U.S. posted consecutive wins against Mexico. Goals that day came from John Harkes, Claudio Reyna, Roy Wegerle and Thomas Dooley. One year later, Dooley scored again and Eric Wynalda added a second as the U.S. tied Mexico 2-2 in the Rose Bowl.
In 1998, the U.S. again played on Father’s Day, with Brian McBride scoring the team’s only goal at the World Cup in France in a 2-1 loss to Iran.
The first Father’s Day match for the U.S. came in 1949, when the U.S. lost to Scotland 4-0 in the final warm-up before taking part in qualifying for the 1950 FIFA World Cup. Soccer Hall of Famers representing the U.S. that day include John ‘Clarkie’ Souza and Walter Bahr – the notable father of Casey, Chris and Matt who played in the NASL, with Chris and Matt later winning Super Bowl rings as placekickers in the NFL.