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USA-Mexico 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).

This month, we give you trivia based on the 70-year history of meetings between the Men’s National Teams of the United States and Mexico.


Q1 (1 of 4): Which team has won five of the last six meetings?
Q2 (2 of 4): Who became just the third player since 1990 to score in his first full U.S. Men’s National Team appearance when he scored in a 2-0 victory over Mexico in Los Angeles on October 25, 2000?
Q3 (3 of 4): Which U.S. goalkeeper has the most all-time caps versus Mexico?
Q4 (4 of 4): Who has the most career goals against Mexico in U.S. Men’s National Team history?

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A1: The USA, beginning with a 3-0 win on June 11, 2000 in East Rutherford, N.J., and ending with the 2-0 win in June 17, 2002 in Jeonju, Korea in the Round of 16 of the World Cup.
A2: Landon Donovan, who also scored the game-clinching goal in the 65th minute of the 2-0 win over Mexico at the 2002 World Cup on June 17, 2002.
A3: Brad Friedel, who has posted a 2-1-4 record in seven matches, including the World Cup win in the Round of 16. Kasey Keller (2-3-1 record) and Tony Meola (4-1-1) are tied for second with six appearances each.
A4: Aldo “Buff” Donelli, who scored all four goals in a 4-2 win in Rome, Italy that marked the first meeting between the two teams. Alexander Rae is second with three goals, scoring in each of three consecutive losses in September of 1937. Ten other players are tied for third with two goals, including current U.S. MNT players Donovan, Frankie Hejduk, Brian McBride and Josh Wolff.


Table of Contents
1) Armchair Midfielder (Looking Back at June 17, 2002)
2) In Threes (w/ WNT goalkeeper Siri Mullinix)
3) Music by Mastroeni (w/ MNT midfielder Pablo Mastroeni)
4) Queries and Anecdotes (w/ WNT forward Tiffeny Milbrett)
5) Mark That Calendar (MNT vs. Mexico – May 8)
6) Superstar!!! (w/ U-23 MNT forward Edson Buddle)
7) FAN Point/Counterpoint (Who will win 2003 WUSA MVP?)
8) "You Don't Know Jack (Marshall)" (USA-Mexico Trivia)

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