Today in US National Team History

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Today in 1991, just weeks after the United States gave World Cup runner up Argentina all they could handle, the US drew with one of the best teams in the world, Ireland.

In 1991, the Irish National Team was arguably the best team in the British Isles. True England had reached the semifinals of Italia 90 due in large part to favorable officiating, while Ireland had lost to host nation Italy at the Quarterfinal stage, but it was Ireland’s team whose core had been dominating the English first division, and Ireland who would alone represent the British Isles at USA 94.

Leeds United and England legend Jack Charlton was managing the Irish National Team, and his presence along with that of a superstar laden team helped turn out over 50,000 for the game at Foxborough Stadium.

The US achieved a 1-1 draw, further proof that the team was gelling under the guidence of new coach Bora Milutinovic.

Here was the US squad that day:

Tony Meola

Jeff Agoos

Marcelo Balboa

Steve Trittschuh

Bruce Savage

Janusz Michallik

Chris Henderson

Brian Quinn (Troy Snyder)

Bruce Murray

Peter Vermes ( Hugo Perez)

Eric Wynalda

Eric Wynalda scored the lone US goal in the draw.