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.
The year was 2004. Mia, Julie & Joy bid adieu to the fans, Ed Johnson and Brian Ching came up big in their national team debuts and the No. 1 MLS story was Freddy Adu. See if you can recall these four answers that are in someway related to the 2004 season.
- Since women’s soccer was added to the Olympics in 1996, the U.S has played in all three gold-medal matches. Coincidentally, the U.S. has also been placed in the same group as their opponent in the finals in all three Olympics. Which three teams has the U.S. played in both group play and the Olympic Final?
- Ed Johnson scored a hat trick for the U.S. Men in his first qualifying match. Seven other U.S. players have scored hat tricks for the U.S. dating to Archie Stark’s four-goal performance vs. Canada back in 1925. Which three players on the U.S. World Cup team in 2002 have scored at least three goals in a game?
- Abby Wambach scored 31 goals for the U.S. in 2004, the most since Michelle Akers had a team record 39 in 1991. Akers had six goals that year vs. China, the most against any opponent. Against which opponent did Wambach score the most goals in 2004?
- Bruce Arena picked up his first win in Europe back on March 31, 2004 with a 1-0 victory at Poland. Prior to the Era of The Bruce, who was the last opponent the U.S. beat on the road in Europe?
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- China, Norway, Brazil
- Brian McBride-3 (1/27/02 vs. El Salvador), Landon Donovan-4 (7/19/03 vs. Cuba), Joe-Max Moore-4 (12/5/93 vs. El Salvador)
- Wambach had six goals against Ireland in two games. She scored one goal on Oct. 20 in Chicago and all five in 5-0 shutout on Oct. 23 in Houston.
- The U.S. beat Austria 3-0 on April 22, 1998, on goals by Frankie Hejduk, Claudio Reyna and Brian McBride. The game was a nightmare for the person sewing U.S. names on the backs of jerseys, as (Preki) Radosavlijevic came on for (Brian) Maisonneuve in one of the longest substitutions in U.S. Soccer history. It was also the last win outside of the U.S. for head coach Steve Sampson.