In a post game interview with the man whose Wikipedia page momentarily read "greatest American since Abe Lincoln," John Brooks said he had a dream that he would score for the #USMNT in the 88th minute, but the winning goal came in the 86th minute - close enough!.
His telling dream got many to wondering what else was on Brooks' mind. So, the young defender sat down for an #AskBrooks Twitter Q&A to answer all manner of questions from fans and the media.
Ha! Happy to help our team get an important 3 points RT EdwardKoton15 #AskBrooks How does your back feel after carrying an entire nation?— U.S. Soccer (@ussoccer) June 17, 2014
In the course of answering the tidal flood of questions, U.S. Soccer's latest entrant into #USMNT folklore revealed the music that inspired him to rock the world.
There was no practice for the team on Tuesday, so the players took the opportunity to celebrate GK Nick Rimando's 35th birthday, following a killer BBQ. Class act that he is, Rimando shared the good vibes with a fellow U.S. fan.
— U.S. Soccer (@ussoccer) June 18, 2014
With the day off from training, the players had time to spend with their families in Brazil or with our families back home in the States via TV and radio.
Good Morning America! pic.twitter.com/n21US0tgBI— tim howard (@TimHowardGK) June 18, 2014
— Mike & Mike (@MikeAndMike) June 18, 2014
Before he gets pay back on Fallon, he and his #USMNT will have to plan for Portugal. And for the real low down on the USA players check in with @ussoccer!
Despite being North American neighbors, the first meeting between the United States and Mexico actually took place on the other side of the Atlantic. Played on May 24, 1934 in Rome, the game was a one-off match – essentially the USA’s first World Cup qualifier – for the right to play in the second FIFA World Cup, which was set to kick off days later in venues across Italy.
Playing in front of 10,000 spectators, including Italian dictator Benito Mussolini, the Americans rode a four-goal performance from Aldo “Buff” Donelli to defeat Mexico 4-2 and earn a place in the 16-team field at the 1934 FIFA World Cup.
You would hope the 11 players that came away victorious that day cherished the memory in Rome, because as big as the result was, it would take another 46 years before the USA would defeat Mexico again.
Though 17 of those 24 matches were played on Mexican soil, that winless streak against our neighbors to the south is by far the longest against any one opponent in team history, both in terms of number of games and years,. It fortunately ended on Nov. 23, 1980, when the U.S. used a pair of goals from Steve Moyers to defeat Mexico 2-1 in another Qualifying match, this time for the 1982 FIFA World Cup.
With Mexico already booking its ticket to the next round of Qualifying and the USA already eliminated, from a competitive standpoint, the match was meaningless. However, whether or not they realized it, the 2,126 fans in attendance at Fort Lauderdale’s Lockhart Stadium witnessed history that night, and to this day are among the few Americans that saw the USA’s 43-year winless streak against Mexico come to an end.
Though the USA and Mexico met only once more during the decade, the dam had been cracked. With 1990 marking the MNT’s first appearance in the World Cup in 40 years, the 1980s also served as a transitional phase in the rivalry with Mexico as a new generation of American players began to reap the benefits of greater emphasis on the game here at home to lay the foundation for future triumphs.
The first in a series of successes came during the semifinals of the 1991 CONCACAF Gold Cup. Led by former Mexico head coach Bora Milutinovic, the USA used second-half strikes from John Doyle and Peter Vermes to stun El Tri 2-0 in front of a pro-Mexico crowd of 41,103 at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, and went on to win the tournament’s inaugural title.
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