We’re finishing up our look back on 2002 with the highlights of the astounding USA victory over Portugal to kick off the tournament.
Likely World Cup 2010 participant Steve Cherundolo was on the bench in this one as John O’Brien slammed home a Brian McBride rebound off an Ernie Stewart cross to get the scoring going for the States. Portugal were already bewildered and in disarray.
The Yanks then struck again and again as Portugal’s defense was in no way prepared for the offense that the States’ unleashed.
A lasting memory of this one for me is the shear look of helplessness on the face of Luis Figo–who was at the height of his offensive powers at the time–that was captured by the camera time and time again….well that and Brian McBride’s sellout header.
….and also Pablo Mastroeni sporting an Adam Duritz of Counting Crows look…..what?!