USA 2-0 Germany: Americans Advance in 1999 Confederations Cup


With only a few days rest between matches, Arena had to shuffle his squad for this winner take all final group game versus Germany. This game, which I have probably watched on tape a half dozen occasions, remains to this day one of the high points in recent US Soccer history, despite the red uniforms the US wore (I prefer blue as our alternate color). Germany like so many other European nations struggle outside the European continent and this match was dominated in every possible way by the US. Benny Olsen scored an early goal, but the highlight of the game was a swerving Robert Carlos caliber free kick by Joe Max Moore.

Scored in 55th minute, the free kick gave the US a 2-0 lead that would not be relinquished. Fielding a virtual “B plus” team the mighty Germans had been defeated. A year later Germany would finish last in its Euro 2000 group and would sack manager Errich Ribbeck replacing him with Rudi Voller a legendary player who quickly brought the Germans back to the heights of world football.

This remains to this day one of the best earned and most famous victories in the history of the US Men’s National Team.

The lineup fielded against Germany: