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Year's End

Think you know your soccer trivia? We’ll be the judge of that. Pop quiz: who the heck is Jack Marshall? Even the trivia buffs at the National Soccer Hall of Fame would be hard-pressed to tell you that Jack Marshall received his one and only cap way back in 1926. Okay, that was pretty much impossible. They get easier.

It’s been a long year and a lot has happened. Do you remember it all? Guess we’ll find out with five tough questions that will take you back from January ‘till December.

1. Which of the following statements about the 2005 U.S. WNT is not true?

a. Through 32 career games at the end of the year, Christie Welsh has 20 goals - the same exact number Abby Wambach had with 32 caps.
b. Nine of the 30 players to get minutes in 2005 made their U.S. Women's National Team debut.
c. Veteran Kristine Lilly eclipsed the 300-cap mark, the first person ever to do so.
d. Goalkeepers Hope Solo and Nicole Barnhart combined to shutout all of the U.S. opponents.

2. Midfielder Benny Feilhaber signed a contract with Hamburg SV following the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship, but three U.S. teammates came into the tournament already signed with foreign clubs. Who where they?

3. 2004 U.S. Soccer Young Female Athlete of the Year Heather O'Reilly scored the winning goal in a 4-1 victory over Norway in the 2005 Nordic Cup Final to clinch the seventh consecutive title for the U.S. U-21 WNT. The three other goals were scored by three of the finalists for the 2005 U.S. Soccer Young Female Athlete of the Year Award, who were they? (Hint: Each player's initials include an L and C)

4. Ten different MNT players scored game-winning goals in 2005 (LD & EJ had two each, and a Canada defender gifted us the other). Time to play match 'em with the game-winner and the game!

a. DaMarcus Beasley
b. Carlos Bocanegra
c. Landon Donovan
d. Eddie Johnson
e. Eddie Lewis
f. Brian McBride
g. Kyle Martino
h. Pat Noonan
i. Oguchi Onyewu
j. Steve Ralston

I. at Trinidad (WCQ)
II. vs. Colombia
III.vs. Guatemala (WCQ)
IV. vs. Costa Rica (WCQ)
V. at Panama (WCQ)
VI. vs. Jamaica (GC)
VII. vs. Honduras (GC)
VIII. vs. Trinidad (WCQ)
IX. vs. Mexico (WCQ)
X. vs. Panama (WCQ)

National Soccer Hall of Fame Bonus Question:
5. As you were reminded in the last question, Steve Ralston scored the memorable goal that sent the U.S. to the 2006 FIFA World Cup. The U.S. has had three other World Cup-clinching goals since 1989. Who has scored them?

1. c. Lilly has 299 career caps, and will surpass 300 early in 2006.
2. Jonathan Spector - Manchester United (England), Sammy Ochoa - Tecos (Mexico), Quentin Westberg - ESTAC Troyes (France)
3. Lauren Cheney, Lori Chalupny, Carli Lloyd
4. a. VI, b. V, c. IV, d. III, e. I , f. VIII, g. X, h. II, i. VII, j. IX
5. 1990 World Cup - Paul Caligiuri at Trinidad & Tobago; 1998 World Cup - Claudio Reyna vs. Canada; 2002 World Cup - Joe-Max Moore vs. Jamaica