Was this the greatest win in U.S. soccer history?
It seems there's a shortlist of games to compare it to:
- 1989 World Cup qualifier -- U.S. 1, T&T 0
- 2002 World Cup first round -- U.S. 3, Portugal 2
- 2002 World Cup second round -- U.S. 2, Mexico 0
- 1994 World Cup first round -- U.S. 2, Colombia 1
- 1950 World Cup -- U.S. 1, England 0
- 2008 Confederations Cup -- U.S. 2, Spain 0
That's a pretty solid list. It's kinda tough, and kinda early, to shove aside the emotions of yesterday's win and properly rank it in U.S. soccer lore. I invite you all to vote in my poll, top right of this page, and we'll see how this one comes out.
Personally, I'm going to vote for the 1989 qualifier. I think historically, it's a far more important win to U.S. soccer. It kicked off the current era of success and helped U.S. Soccer put a priority on the game and the product it puts on the field. It's too early to see the aftermath of yesterday's win. If the U.S. stinks it up in the Gold Cup and against Mexico in its next World Cup qualifier and next year in South Africa, then maybe yesterday will ultimately be nice for a day, kinda like the 1993 friendly win over England in Foxboro.
But if the U.S. scoops up another Gold Cup and gets out of the first round of the World Cup next year (maybe a round deeper?) then maybe yes, yesterday will be an indicator the U.S. has truly arrived a world power.
So again, please vote in the poll. I'd really like to get an honest indicator of what you think of yesterday's win.