I got a little history lesson today when I started exploring US Soccer. I was hoping to refresh my recent history and for some “blast from the past” names of former national team members (Joe-Max Moore!), but then just kept going.
I like the game of soccer, have followed the US team (at varying levels of interest) since my childhood, been to the National Soccer Hall of Fame (when I was too young to care to read) and even attended the 1994 World Cup game versus Romania at a sweltering Rose Bowl. However, I can’t say I knew much about the US National Team’s earlier history outside of the 1950 upset of England.
The most interesting thing I learned so far was that the first hat trick in World Cup history was achieved by an American, Bert Patenaude, in the 1930 World Cup in Uruguay. This feat, however, was not officially recognized by FIFA until 2006 due to a disputed second goal in the contest. (Based on stats alone, Patenaude was a prolific player, scoring 121 goals in 125 club games over 3years.)
My interest has been piqued and I am looking forward to exploring more about the history of the US Soccer team; a history that goes back to 1885. If you have any recommendations for books, sites or videos, please send them my way.
(By the way, the US keeper in the 1930 World Cup wore a “newsboy” cap in goal…how cool is that?)