Today in US National Team History

Welcome to a new feature on the Kartik Report. Periodically we’ll highlight a historic game played by the US National Team on a past date.

Today we travel back to April 20, 1994. As the US prepared for World Cup 1994 the team traveled the country playing friendlies. Four days earlier the US team had drawn with the newly independent nation of Moldova in front of a sellout crowd at Wolfson Park in Jacksonville, Florida.

The US faced Moldova again in Davidson NC on this date in 1994.

The US  fielded this starting XI:

Tony Meola

Marcelo Balboa  ( replaced by Thomas Dooley at HT)

Mike Lapper

Des Armstrong

Janusz Michallik (replaced by Chris Henderson in the second half)

Jeff Agoos

Brian Quinn

Mike Burns ( replaced by Mike Sorber in the second half)

Cobi Jones

Claudio Reyna (replaced by Dom Kinnear in the second half)

Frank Klopas ( replaced by Peter Vermes at halftime)

The big highlight of the match was the first ever US National Team goal for 19 year old Claudio Reyna at the time considered the first potential superstar of US Soccer. Goals from Frank Klopas and Mike Lapper gave the US a 3-0 win.

Also on this date in 1997, The US and Mexico played to a 2-2 World Cup Qualifying draw in Foxborough. The game was bizare as Mexico scored an own goal and Kasey Keller had trouble with a clearance that went off Carlos Hermosillo into his own net.

The game also saw the second appearence  of Hamburg’s Michael Mason, a German born footballer whom Steve Samspon introduced late in the match to cap him before Germany did. Mason had been capped at the youth level by Germany, and played against Canada in the previously in qualifying.

The CSA challenged that match with FIFA claiming Mason was ineligible to play for the United States. Mexico perhaps for sporting purposes or perhaps because they were satisfied with stealing a point on American soil did not challenge Mason’s particpation and the following month FIFA dismissed the CSA complaint against the USSF. Mason continued in the national team player pool for the rest of World Cup qualifying, earning five total caps for the USA.