August 13, 2022

Post-expedition archives

Editor’s note: Perhaps the first – and most seismic – clash in World Cup history took place on June 29, 1950, when an England team due to contend for the title was defeated by the United States, a group of parties hastily assembled. time players. It became known as “Miracle on the Grass”. Six players on the team hailed from St. Louis, including goaltender Frank Borghi and Harry Keough. Here is the original report from that day.

BELO HORIZOXTE, Brazil, June 29, 1950 – The United States soccer team scored the most stunning upset of the 1950 World Championship tournament by beating mighty England 1-0 on a first-half goal. time of Joe Gaetjens from New York.

He headed Walter Bahr’s tricky pass into the net. With little to no chance of beating the classy Brits, the downtrodden Americans dominated the attack for the entire game and forged a strong defense as the Brits fought back in a bid to level the score.

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Forward John Souza was the best player on the pitch. The British fought back in the second half, but the USA defense, backed by St. Louis center half Charley Colombo, kept them from scoring.

England were awarded a penalty late in the game, but St. Louis goalkeeper Frank Borghi made a superb save.

The win was the Americans’ first in two games in the four-team four-team division. Spain, who beat a losing Chile 2-0, lead the division with two wins.

The British also have a win and a loss. If the United States beat Chile on Sunday and England bounce back to beat Spain, the group will end in a three-way tie and a new playoff will be ordered.

Yesterday’s upset was even bigger than last Sunday’s Swedish triumph over Italy, 3-2, or Switzerland holding Brazil 2-2.

Brazilian fans flooded the field after the United States victory and held the Americans on their shoulders as the winners were given a standing ovation.

The British forwards weren’t sure about going for goals but their overall play looked superior to the winners except on the scoreboard.

The Americans made many passes from long range and showed improvement in their play. During the second half England attacked 15 times against the Americans 10.

The United States, under pressure, yield six corners to the two English.

Tears in the press room

England’s loss to the United States brought tears to the eyes of British sportswriters today.

A Daily Express report on the front page said: “This is the lowest ever for British sport.” Roy Peskett of the Daily Mail said in another front-page story: “Fitter, faster USA fight team did the amazing! It’s the biggest football upset of all time. .”

In the Daily Graphic, John Gaydon lamented: “It was pathetic pathetic to see the cream of England players beaten by a side most amateur players at home would have beaten, and there was no fluke about that. .”

The Americans here said it compared to a major league all-star team beaten in London by nine part-time English baseball players.