Monday, April 21, 2008

US National Team Losses since 2002

These are all of the US national team losses since 2002, not including World Cup Finals games.

2-4 Brazil Chicago, IL, USA Sep 07
0-1 Sweden Goteborg, Sweden Aug 07
0-1 Colombia Barquisimeto, Venezuela (CA’07) Jul 07
1-3 Paraguay Barinas, Venezuela (CA’07) Jul 07
1-4 Argentina Maracaibo, Venezuela (CA’07) Jun 07
0-1 Morocco Nashville, TN, USA May 06
1-4 Germany Dortmund, Germany Mar 06
0-3 Costa Rica San Juan, Costa Rica (WCQ) Oct 05
1-2 England Chicago, IL, USA May 05
1-2 Mexico Mexico City, Mexico (WCQ) Mar 05
0-1 Netherlands Amsterdam, Netherlands Feb 04
1-2 Brazil Foxboro, MA, USA (GC 03) Jul 03
0-1 Brazil Lyon, France (Confed Cup) Jun 03
1-2 Turkey St. Etienne, France (Confed Cup) Jun 03
0-1 Argentina Miami, FL, USA Feb 03
0-2 Netherlands Foxboro, MA, USA May 02
1-2 Ireland Dublin, Ireland Apr 02
2-4 Germany Rostock, Germany Mar 02
0-1 Italy Catania, Italy Feb 02

Losses on US Soil: Morocco, England, Brazil, Argentina, and Netherlands.

If I'm remembering correctly, that bad Morocco game was lost in the 90th minute. Steve Cherundolo lost the ball and the Morocco player crossed to a wide open teammate who knocked it in. I also remember Eddie Johnson shanking a wide open shot in that one. Remember when Maradona said EJ could be the next Eusebio?

Just so I don't have to feel too bad about those Copa America losses, here is a reminder of the roster the US sent to that tournament. HaHa, Eddie Gaven.

2007 Copa America Roster By Position (2007 clubs listed)

Goalkeepers – Brad Guzan (Chivas USA), Kasey Keller (Borussia Moenchengladbach)
Defenders – Jonathan Bornstein (Chivas USA), Bobby Boswell (D.C. United), Dan Califf (Aalborg BK), Jimmy Conrad (Kansas City Wizards), Jay DeMerit (Watford FC), Drew Moor (FC Dallas), Heath Pearce (FC Nordsjælland), Marvell Wynne (Toronto FC)
Midfielders – Kyle Beckerman (Colorado Rapids), Ricardo Clark (Houston Dynamo), Benny Feilhaber (Hamburger SV), Eddie Gaven (Columbus Crew), Sacha Kljestan (Chivas USA), Justin Mapp (Chicago Fire), Lee Nguyen (PSV Eindhoven), Ben Olsen (D.C.United)
Forwards – Charlie Davies (Hammarby IF), Herculez Gomez (Colorado Rapids), Eddie Johnson (Kansas City Wizards), Taylor Twellman (New England Revolution)

Well, the US has England at Wembley, Spain in Santander, and Argentina at Giants stadium coming up in the next couple of months. Will I have to update this list? I'm going to hope for a 1-1-1 record as a minimum out of those games. Unless EJ really is the next Eusebio. (For some reason, I think Eusebio at 24 would be able to make the current bench at Fulham, seeing as he was 23 when he won European Footballer of the Year while playing at European Cup runners up Benfica)

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