Think you know your soccer trivia? Well ... try us. We'll see how far back your knowledge of Team USA and U.S. Soccer extends. And 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.
With the 2002 U.S. Soccer season drawing to a close as Bruce and the boys take on El Salvador this weekend, we look back at what was arguably the most successful calendar year in the U.S. Men's National Team's 87-year history with some trivia focusing on the historic past 11 months.
To honor the team's achievements, we're doubling the number of questions from four to eight, with two questions from each of the difficulty levels from 1 to 4 (easy to hard):
Q1 (1 of 4): Who scored the game-winning goal in both U.S. wins - a 3-2 victory over Portugal on June 5 and a 2-0 shutout of Mexico on June 17 - in the 2002 World Cup?
Q2 (1 of 4): Which goalkeeper led the U.S. in appearances, wins, shutouts and goals against average in 2002?
Q3 (2 of 4): Who became the 6th player in U.S. MNT history to reach the 100-cap mark after appearing in eight games in 2002?
Q4 (2 of 4): Who needs just one cap to become the 7th U.S. MNT player to reach the century mark?
Q5 (3 of 4): Who led the team in caps, starts and minutes played in 2002?
Q6 (3 of 4): Heading into Sunday's match, who is the leading scorer for the U.S. in 2002?
Q7 (4 of 4): The U.S. posted an 11-6-2 record in 2002. When was the last time the U.S. Men's National Team posted at least 10 wins in a calendar year?
Q8 (4 of 4): The U.S. scored 32 goals in 2002. What was the last year that the U.S. Men's National Team scored over 30 goals?
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A1: Forward Brian McBride, whose diving header in the 36th minute capped a remarkable first half in which the U.S. poured in three goals. McBride's game winner against Mexico in the 8th minute sparked the U.S. early on along the way to a 2-0 shutout and a first ever trip to the World Cup quarterfinals.
A2: Kasey Keller, who appeared in 10 matches to Friedel's nine, while posting six wins, five shutouts and a GAA of 0.79.
A3: Midfielder Joe-Max Moore reached 100 caps at the 2002 World Cup.
A4: Goalkeeper Tony Meola appeared twice in 2002 and has 99 caps going into 2003.
A5: Midfielder/forward Landon Donovan, who appeared in all 19 games, made 17 starts and played a total of 1,473 minutes.
A6: Clint Mathis, with 16 points (7 goals, 2 assists).
A7: 1996, when Steve Sampson led the U.S. MNT to a 10-4-2 record, including 2-1 wins over Scotland, Ireland and Costa Rica.
A8: 2000, when the U.S. racked up 34 goals in what was Bruce Arena's most successful year (9-2-6 record / 34 goals for / 11 goals against) on the job prior to the 2002 campaign.
Table of Contents
1) Armchair Midfielder (The U.S. Women: Ready for China 2003?)
2) In Threes (w/ MNT defender Carlos Bocanegra)
3) Making it in the Show (w/ U-20 MNT forward Santino Quaranta)
4) Queries and Anecdotes (w/ WNT goalkeeper Briana Scurry)
5) Mark That Calendar (Nov. 17 - MNT vs. El Salvador)
6) Superstar!!! (w/ WNT midfielder Aly Wagner)
7) FAN Point/Counterpoint (Biggest Surpise on the U.S. MNT Roster)
8) "You Don't Know Jack (Marshall)" (2002 MNT trivia x2)
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