Today in US National Team History

The US continued its strong early play in 2001 with a 1-0 win at Arrowhead Stadium over Costa Rica. This win would help give the US enough points early to survive a late collapse in the Hexagonal which saw the US gain only one point from the last four matches and finish third in the Hex.

Here was the US lineup for this game:

Kasey Keller

David Regis

Jeff Agoos

Carlos Llamosa

Steve Cherundolo

Chris Armas

Claudio Reyna        (Greg Berhlater)

Tony Sanneh

Clint Mathis            (Eddie Lewis)

Josh Wolff               (Ante Razov)

Josh Wolff’s goal gave the US the win, but the star of the match was Clint Mathis whose 2000 to 2002 form is perhaps the best in the history of the national team.

Tony Sanneh played in an advanced role because of injuries to Earnie Stewart, Cobi Jones,  Frankie HejdukJoe Max Moore and Brian McBride, but come World Cup 2002 Sanneh would play as a right back.

Josh Wolff and Ante Razov were team mates in Chicago but were competitors for the same spot on the national team. Razov was better in 2000 but by 2002 Bruce Arena had decided to take Wolff to Korea and leave Razov behind.