When U.S. Men's National Team captain Claudio Reyna plays in his 100th international game on Wednesday night against Honduras in Foxboro, Mass., he will join six American men in the exclusive 100 Cap Club. Each player before him reached the century mark in a unique and, in some cases, historic way. With Claudio’s story yet to unfold, here is a recap of the memorable ways in which the previous six players made their 100th appearance for the United States.
MARCELO BALBOA -- June 11, 1995 v. Nigeria (Foxboro, Mass.)
He also captained the team in the 1995 Copa America tournament and played in the FIFA World All-Star game in the same year. Balboa would continue playing with the national team through 2000, earning 128 total caps, appearing in three World Cups, and scoring 13 career goals in 12 years with the red, white, and blue.PAUL CALIGIURI -- July 14, 1995 v. Argentina (Paysandu, Uruguay)
One of the most memorable games in Paul Caligiuri’s career is also one of the most memorable upsets in U.S. Soccer history. In the first round of the 1995 Copa America Championship, the United States needed a 3-0 win over perennial world power Argentina to win its group and avoid playing Brazil in the quarterfinals- a long shot, to say the least. By starting and playing the entire game, Caligiuri helped solidify the U.S. defense and shutout Argentina’s powerful attack in his 100th game to secure the incredible 3-0 upset victory. The win against Argentina, which seemed next to impossible on paper, is considered to be one of the greatest and most important victories in the team’s history. He was just the second player to join the exclusive 100 club for the Americans, and the first to land a Pert Plus commercial.
Caligiuri’s most famous moment however was not running his fingers through his hair. It came against Trinidad & Tobago on November 19, 1989 in what is arguably the biggest moment in U.S. soccer history. He scored the only goal in the 1-0 victory that sent the United States to the World Cup for the 1st time in 40 years. His “Shot Heard ‘Round the World” was the biggest of Caligiuri’s five career goals. One of the best players in U.S. history, the Hall of Fame defender played in the 1985 FIFA World All-Star game and had a career that spanned 14 years (1984-1997) and that included at least one appearance every year.
COBI JONES -- February 10, 1998 v. Brazil (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Jones leads American men with 160 all-time appearances since 1992, and at 27 was the youngest player in U.S. history (and 4th youngest in the world) to reach 100 caps. He also was one of the first to break into mainstream popularity not only with his patented dreadlocks, but by making a guest appearance on Beverly Hills 90210 in 1994, and hosting a health show on MTV called MegaDose that lasted for 3 years.
ERIC WYNALDA -- June 15, 1998 v. Germany (Paris, France)
Wynalda played his last game for the stars and stripes in 2000, finishing with 106 total appearances and an all-time leading 34 goals. He was recently voted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame in recognition of his 10 record-setting years with the national team and seven years with Major League Soccer.
JEFF AGOOS -- June 3, 2000 v. South Africa (Washington, D.C.)
In what is still the only match-up between the United States and South Africa, the 2000 U.S. Cup opened with a pre-game ceremony celebrating Jeff Agoos’s 100th career appearance for the national team. The game was played in Washington D.C.’s RFK Stadium, which Agoos had called home for five years while playing with D.C. United. The celebration was somewhat overshadowed by the play of U.S. forward Cobi Jones, who scored two left-footed goals in the first half and had two assists in the second in the 4-0 win. Agoos had one of the best games of his career in the shutout though, and said after the game, “I wanted the 100th to be a memorable game and it was.”
Agoos’s first career cap came in January 1988, and even though he had played in all but one qualifier leading up to France ’98, he became the first person in MNT history to reach 100 caps without playing in a World Cup game. Of course he would eventually play an important role in the team’s 2002 World Cup success, appearing in three games in Korea.
JOE-MAX MOORE -- June 14, 2002 v. Poland (Daejon, Korea Republic)
Facing a must-win situation in qualifying, Moore had helped the team earn its spot in Korea/Japan by scoring both goals in a 2-1 victory over Jamaica in front of his MLS hometown fans at Foxboro Stadium. The midfielder also notched four goals in the USA's 7-0 thrashing of El Salvador in December of 1993. He actually scored what would have been a U.S. record fifth in the match, but the ball slipped through a hole in the net and the referees disallowed the goal. Moore has exactly 100 appearances for the U.S. from 1992-2002.
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