The Americans put money before passion to bid for
the 15th World Cup. Maybe the finals should have gone to Morocco, who would have been the
first African nation to host the tournament.
Instead, it was the United States who were given the honour and
publishers got to work on producing hardbacks to explain the game to the host nation; and
hopefully turn a quick profit.
USA 1994 - First Round,
Second Round, Quarter-finals,
place, 1994 World Cup Final.
The World Cup (US 94) was a marketing treat for the already large
enough sponsors, a money-making enterprise for the merchandisers (although they lost a
little by producing England World Cup caps and shirts (before the team had even qualified)
but what of soccer in the States after that?
A condition for the event to be staged in USA was that they form a
Major League, to be inaugurated in 1995. There was already a large football following in
the States, the game with a round ball that is kicked with the foot, but they were mostly
Latinos and schoolkids.
Fans in America for the World Cup had to cover a great distance, at
least once, in the first round group stage. Those with money flew, although they saw
little of the land, while the more adventurous trickled around on Amtrak and Greyhound.
Once Team US had played a few games (notching up a draw against
Switzerland and a win, now worth three points, against Colombia) to move onto the Second Round (for a match against Brazil on July 4th)
most of the nation knew that they were hosting the greatest show on earth and how the game
While the United States could thank their lucky stars, for a (2:1) win
over Colombia, Andres Escobar, the unlucky scorer of an own goal, was shot dead when he
returned home. The Americans were stunned and thought the followers of this sport the
craziest on the planet.
On the other hand, Brazil fans were drumming up plenty of support with
their Samba beat, during their first round presence in San Francisco, that the date of
America's Independence just added to the party atmosphere when the two teams met.
Nobody watching the evening fireworks, down at Fisherman's Wharf,
expected the US to overcome Brazil but it would have been nice if Team US had made more of
a game out of it.
Bebeto and Romario are a fearful duo and even with eight opponents
constantly trying to block their telepathy they manage to break through to beat United
States by a solitary goal.
What a shame that Brazil met Holland, in Dallas, in the
quarter-finals. With 5 goals in the second half, the Cotton Bowl match was the stuff of
legends; worthy of the final itself.
Instead, the Rose Bowl final was an anti-climax as Italy tried to hold
Brazil and score on the break, like they did against Spain, but glamour boy Baggio didn't
find the net; not even when the final ended (0:0 after extra-time) and he stepped up to
take his penalty-kick. The ball flew high over the bar.
Brazil were crowned World Cup Champions, for a record fourth time, and
Samba had found a new audience.
Detroit: United States vs Switzerland (1:1)
Los Angeles: Romania vs Colombia (3:1)
Detroit: Switzerland vs Romania (4:1)
Los Angeles: United States vs Colombia (2:1)
Los Angeles: Romania vs United States (1:0)
San Francisco: Colombia vs Switzerland (2:0)
and United States move to the 2nd
Los Angeles: Cameroon vs Sweden (2:2)
San Francisco: Brazil vs Russia (2:0)
Detroit: Sweden vs Russia (3:1)
San Francisco: Brazil vs Cameroon (3:0)
Detroit: Brazil vs Sweden (1:1)
San Francisco: Russia vs Cameroon (6:1)
Brazil and Sweden
move to the 2nd Round.
Chicago: Germany vs Bolivia (1:0)
Dallas: Spain vs South Korea (2:2)
Chicago: Germany vs Spain (1:1)
Boston: South Korea vs Bolivia (0:0)
Chicago: Spain vs Bolivia (3:1)
Dallas: Germany vs South Korea (3:2)
Germany and Spain
move to the 2nd Round.
Boston: Argentina vs Greece (4:0)
Dallas: Nigeria vs Bulgaria (3:0)
Boston: Argentina vs Nigeria (2:1)
Chicago: Bulgaria vs Greece (4:0)
Boston: Nigeria vs Greece (2:0)
Dallas: Bulgaria vs Argentina (2:0)
and Bulgaria move to the 2nd
New York: Republic of Ireland vs Italy (1:0)
Washington: Norway vs Mexico (1:0)
New York: Italy vs Norway (1:0)
Orlando: Mexico vs Republic of Ireland (2:1)
New York: Republic of Ireland vs Norway (0:0)
Washington: Italy vs Mexico (1:1)
Mexico, Italy and Republic of Ireland move to the 2nd
Orlando: Belgium vs Morocco (1:0)
Washington: Holland vs Saudi Arabia (2:1)
New York: Saudi Arabia vs Morocco (2:1)
Orlando: Belgium vs Holland (1:0)
Orlando: Holland vs Morocco (2:1)
Washington: Saudi Arabia vs Belgium (1:0)
Saudi Arabia, Holland
and Belgium move to the 2nd
Chicago: Germany vs Belgium (3:2)
Washington: Spain vs Switzerland (3:0)
Dallas: Sweden vs Saudi Arabia (3:1)
Los Angeles: Romania vs Argentina
Orlando: Holland vs Republic of
San Francisco: Brazil vs United States
Boston: Italy vs Nigeria (2:1 aet)
New York: Bulgaria vs Mexico (1:1 aet)
Boston: Italy vs Spain (2:1)
Dallas: Brazil vs
New York: Bulgaria vs Germany (2:1)
San Francisco: Sweden
vs Romania (2:2 aet) (5:4pens)
Los Angeles: Brazil
vs Sweden (1:0)
New York: Italy vs
Los Angeles: Sweden vs Bulgaria (4:0)
1994 World Cup
Brazil vs Italy (0:0 aet) (3:2pens)
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