Miracle Match, The


In the spring of 1950, the United States was extended an invitation to compete in the World Cup in Brazil. Faced with budgetary restrictions and no official soccer team to call their own, the U.S. set out to recruit players in the soccer hotbed of St. Louis, Missouri, where they found a group of young friends with no professional or international playing experience, only an unabashed love of the game. With the odds considerably against them both abroad and at home, the U.S. team arrived in Rio with little training and even less fanfare.


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