Remember our Which World Cup Team Wants it the Most? post from earlier this week? Well it may need rewriting. Because news broke recently that the US national team is being offered a reported $20.6m should they win the World Cup in South Africa. Split 23 ways that’s $895,131 each. Quite the persuasive little prize pot.
Of course the players will say that win bonuses have nothing to do with anything, and that they want to win the World Cup because it’s worth winning. And not just because you can melt the trophy down and sell the gold afterwards. But… Continue reading
- Podcast discussing America’s 23 man roster (USA World Cup Blog)
- Bill Clinton discussing the USA squad’s shoes (CBS)
- Tactical innovations at the World Cup (The Ghost Goal)
- ESPN’s World Cup murals (World Cup Buzz)
- Uruguay’s old school 3-5-2 (Zonal Marking)
- Retro Panini World Cup sticker albums (The Import)
- Found: Ricardo Quaresma’s talent (Italy Offside)
The USA striker will take the shirt off your back…
- What would a U.S.S.R national team look like today? (The Best Eleven)
- Oguchi Onyewu to play for free (Calciomercato)
- Remembering the 1974 World Cup (BBC Blogs)
- World Cup beer (Japan World Cup Blog)
- Blue Square Premier tougher than the other Premier League (Unprofessional Foul)
- Bill Clinton joins USA World Cup bid (Soccernet)
- As Lord Triesman leaves England bid (The Independent)
If you’re not too familiar with the USA soccer team, then you’d be forgiven for thinking its World Cup history is all fairly recent. If so, then you’re in for a surprise.
Though there’s a gigantic 40 year gap smack bang in the middle of this story, the USA’s World Cup history begins at exactly the same time as the tournament itself, as they were one of the teams competing in the inaugural 1930 World Cup.
1930 World Cup in Uruguay
The USA has a complicated history with jerseys. Unlike other teams, they’ve never 100% settled on a definitive style, arguably to the detriment of the team’s identity.
For example, Argentina has stuck with sky blue and white stripes. Italy doesn’t deviate from blue. Brazil has been canary yellow ever since 1950. But USA jerseys have switched both colour and pattern a few times over the years. Usually a mix of either red, white or blue, but let’s not forget the incredible(y bad?) denim and stars home shirt from 1994.
Read on for a review of the USA’s home and… Continue reading
The USA have been drawn into Group C at World Cup 2010, where they’ll face Algeria, Slovenia and former colonial overlords England. No prizes for guessing which game has everyone excited.
With more American players playing in Europe than ever before, this might be the most accomplished team the USA has ever sent to a World Cup. They’ll be hoping this adventure is more 2002 then 2006, but whatever happens they can’t do any worse than the 1998 team.
Nickname: The Yanks or The Stars and Stripes.
FIFA World Ranking as of March 31st 2010: #16
Coach: Bob Bradley replaced… Continue reading