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).
Much like our history in the U-17 World Youth Championship, we’ve had ups and downs across the nine times that our Under-20 Men’s National Team has participated in the FIFA World Youth Championship. But like any biased organization, we’ll focus on the positives. (Come on, you’d do it too.)
Q1: Which forward on the U-20 National Team was picked fourth overall in the 2003 MLS SuperDraft after leading the U-20 MNT in scoring in 2002?
[Hint: Read “In Threes” or “Mark That Calendar”]
Q2: What U.S. Men’s National Team forward is the only player in U.S. men’s history to finish a FIFA Tournament as one of the top three scorers, winning the Bronze Boot at Nigeria 1999?
Q3: What year did the U.S. post its all-time best fourth place finish behind the likes of defender Troy Dayak, midfielder Chris Henderson and defender Steve Snow?
Q4: Which of the five players listed below has NOT scored a goal during a FIFA World Youth Championship tournament?
A. Ryan Futagaki
B. Brian Kelly
C. Chris Albright
D. Kenny Arena
E. Dario Brose
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A1: Mike Magee of the MetroStars, who scored 14 goals and added two assists in 17 overall matches.
A2: Taylor Twellman, who scored four goals as the U.S. finished in 11th place.
A3: 1989, with the three players combining for six of the team’s seven goals. Snow had three, including two penalty kicks. Dayak had a pair, while Henderson and teammate Dario Brose each had one.
A4: Chris Albright, who has had somewhat similar bad luck in his MLS career, but was a top scorer for the U-23s in 2000.
Table of Contents
1) Armchair Midfielder [“Best of U.S. Soccer 2003”: Who Should Win]
2) In Threes [w/ U-20 MNT forward Mike Magee]
3) Making it to the Show [w/ U-23 MNT defender Nat Borchers]
4) Queries & Anecdotes [w/ WNT defender Brandi Chastain]
5) Mark That Calendar [U-20 MNT vs. Group D Opponents – Nov. 29-Dec. 5]
6) Superstar!!! [w/ WNT defender Cat Reddick]
7) Point/Counterpoint [Who will win MLS Cup?]
8) "You Don’t Know Jack (Marshall)" [U.S. U-20 World Championship Trivia]
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