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U.S. Gold Cup Trivia

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 in the U.S. Soccer Communications Department would be hard-pressed to tell you that one Jack Marshall received his one and only cap way back in 1926. Okay, that was pretty much impossible. They get easier. We give you four questions at varying difficulty levels, from 1 (easiest) to 4 (hardest).

For the most part, the CONCACAF Gold Cup has been pretty good to the U.S. Men’s National Team. In fact, only in 2000 did the U.S. fail to finish in the top three of the 12-team regional competition. We took the first official title of Region’s Best back in 1991, but had to wait until last year to hoist the hardware a second time. With the U.S. making a run at its third CONCACAF title, let’s look back on some of the team’s highlights from the last six tournaments via some Copa del Oro trivia.



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A1: Brian McBride, who scored four goals to also nab Top Goal Scorer honors in starting all five matches as the U.S. reclaimed the confederation crown for the first time since 1991.
A2: Eric Wynalda, who scored four goals at the ’96 edition, notched a pair in ’93 and had one in ’91, ’98 and 2000 for a grand total of nine.
A3: The last loss came in the 1998 championship match, a 1-0 loss to Mexico on Feb. 15, 1998, in Los Angeles.
A4: Marcelo Balboa, with forward Bruce Murray providing the game winner.



Table of Contents
1) Armchair Midfielder (Dissecting the 2003 WWC Final Draw)
2) In Threes (w/ WNT forward Abby Wambach)
3) Mark That Calendar (MNT vs. Costa Rica – July 26, 8 p.m. ET – Galavison)
4) Queries & Anecdotes (w/ MNT goalkeeper Kasey Keller)
5) FAN Point/Counterpoint (Who will win the 2003 CONCACAF Gold Cup?)
6) "You Don’t Know Jack (Marshall)" (U.S. Gold Cup Trivia)

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Q1: Which player was the MVP of the 2002 Gold Cup?
Q2: Which U.S. forward scored at least one goal in each of the first five Gold Cups?
Q3: Prior to 2003, the last U.S. loss in the Gold Cup came in 1998. Who was the opponent and what was the final score?
Q4: Which U.S. defender scored the MNT's first-ever goal in the Gold Cup, during a 2-1 win over Trinidad & Tobago in 1991?