World Cup Soccer 2014 – Fun Facts

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The World Cup officially gets underway in Brazil today.  Thirty-two teams from around the world will compete in soccer’s biggest tournament.  In honor of this event, here is a look at some of the best U.S. men’s players that helped shape soccer in America:

World CupWilliam Looby was St. Louis native and a brilliant forward with a powerful shot.  He was a true student of the game and helped the US win 6 U.S. Amateur Cups and a bronze medal in the 1959 Pan American Games.

Bart McGhee played in the very first FIFA World Cup in 1930 and scored the second goal of the tournament.  Throughout his career he played in 350 league games and scored 127 goals, which earned him a place in the U.S. National Soccer Hall of Fame.

Adelino “Billy” Gonsalves was known as the “Babe Ruth of American Soccer.”  He spent 25 years playing professional soccer and participated in both the 1930 and 1934 World Cup tournaments.  He was part of the first class of players to be inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame.

Thomas Florie grew up playing soccer in New Jersey and delayed his professional career to serve in the Navy during World War I.  He eventually went on to play for several teams all over the country and was chosen to play in the first World Cup tournament.

1930 World Cup Ball

The closest the U.S. has ever come to winning a World Cup title was a third place finish in 1930.  Their prospects aren’t much better this year, but there will be plenty of other teams and players to root for as the tournament continues.  For those without cable, ABC with be airing some of the games, so be sure to check the schedule and don’t miss out on the excitement.

 

 

 

 

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