On 29 June 1950, at the 1950 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, the United States defeated England 1–0 in a group match. The event is also known as the “Miracle on Grass”. The match was played in Belo Horizonte at Estádio Independência. The game and the U.S. team were profiled by author Geoffrey Douglas in his book The Game of Their Lives as football for both countries have been a rivalry game, which was made into a film of the same name (later renamed to The Miracle Match).
England vs USA
Now in World Cup 2010, both the teams will be face to face in first round. let us see the strenghs and weeknesses of both teams.
The jury is still out on Fabio Capello with the Italian only having been in charge of England for two games and a record so far of one win and one defeat. However, it was the manner of the defeat against France in March which was disappointing, with their lack of creativity, technique or ability to hold on to the ball.
Bob Bradley was installed as interim coach in December 2006 before being confirmed as official coach last May. Bradley has previously managed Chicago Fire, New York/New Jersey MetroStars and Chivas USA over nine seasons and was voted Major League Soccer Coach of the Year in 1998, as he led Fire to the double.
England have most of their top names available for the friendly and include Los Angeles-based David Beckham in their squad. John Terry will be looking to atone for his penalty miss against Manchester United in last week’s Champions League final. A number of players – notably those on the fringes – will be looking to impress with the World Cup qualifiers starting in Andorra in September.
The USA have a number of established British-based players including midfielders DaMarcus Beasley, of Rangers, Fulham’s Clint Dempsey and goalkeeper Tim Howard, who will be tasting European football next season with Everton. Beckham’s Los Angeles Galaxy team-mate Landon Donovan is set to get his 100th cap on Wednesday when he would become the youngest American player to win a century of caps.
LANDON DONOVAN v JOHN TERRY
Donovan, 26, could become the fourth youngest player in world football history to reach 100 caps if he turns out against England. The Los Angeles Galaxy striker has scored eight goals in eight games this season in MLS action, including a recent hat-trick against Chivas USA. At just 5ft 8in he will pose little threat in the air but can score with both feet and will rely on his pace to unsettle England’s defence.
Terry will be playing his first game since missing a penalty in the Champions League final and Donovan will be hoping the Chelsea centre-back’s mind will still be on that Moscow miss which denied the Blues European glory. However, Terry has been handed the captaincy and that is certain to ensure the talismanic figure turns in a typically committed display.
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