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World Cup by the Numbers: U.S. MNT’s Record Against 2014 Field


The U.S. Men’s National Team has posted six wins all-time against the other 31 countries competing in the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. Though the USA holds a 6-11-4 record (.381 percentage), the percentage against this field has improved during the modern era.

Since 1990, the USA is 4-7-4 (.400) against the countries competing in Brazil, and over the past three World Cups (2002, 2006 and 2010) the U.S. is 3-3-3 (.500).

Here is the breakdown of the USA’s six victories against the 2014 FIFA World Cup countries:

  • July 13, 1930: 3-0 vs. Belgium: Bart McGhee, Bert Patenaude and team captain Thomas Florie each scored a goal as the USA won its first appearance at the 1930 FIFA World Cup at Montevideo, Uruguay.
  • June 29, 1950: 1-0 vs. England: Joe Gaetjens shocked heavily favored England with a 38th-minute goal to earn a victory at Belo Horizonte, Brazil.
  • June 22, 1994: 2-1 vs. Colombia: The USA benefited from an own goal and Earnie Stewart scored the game-winner at the Rose Bowl at Pasadena, Calif.
  • June 5, 2002: 3-2 vs. Portugal: The U.S. built a 3-0 lead through the 36th minute and held on for the Group D victory in Suwon, Korea. Brian McBride’s goal turned out to be the winner, and he assisted John O’Brien’s fourth-minute score. The USA took a 2-0 lead on a Jorge Costa own goal.
  • June 17, 2002: 2-0 vs. Mexico: Against its CONCACAF rival to the south, the USA advanced to the quarterfinal stage as Brian McBride and Landon Donovan provided the scoring punch. It marked the USA’s first single-elimination win in World Cup history, and it was the USA’s first shutout since the 1-0 blanking of England at the 1950 FIFA World Cup.
  • June 23, 2010: 1-0 vs. Algeria: Scoring arguably the most dramatic goal in the USA’s World Cup history, Landon Donovan tallied an unassisted rebound in the 91st minute to lift the U.S. to a Group C win and advancement to the Round of 16. It was the USA’s second first-place finish in group play, the other being the 1930 FIFA World Cup. A draw against Algeria would have eliminated the USA from the tournament.

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