(Copyright 2002. The Tattoo. All rights reserved.)
Making a permanent impression since 1994
June 19, 2002
World Cup surprises include Team USA
By Kaishi Lee
was the hamburger versus the taco in
the hamburger won.
full time, Team
arguably better team, the Mexicans were lacking in spirit and their Lambada
soccer failed to suffocate the Americans.
threw all cavalry forward straight after kick-off, forcing opponents to err, and
had strikes with a powerful forward line.
an attendance of 36,380 -- and 3,000 Americans -- in the stadium, Team
against the run of play, McBride shot past Mexican goalkeeper
Perez and scored his 2nd goal, putting US into the lead at half-time.
using a firm header (scoring the goal with his head) to deal
the home ground and the passionate support of Japanese fans could not motivate
the players to defeat the Turks.
of the effort should be credited to Hidetoshi Nakata, the swank
one player could not play against a team of possessive Turks,with Umit Davala
scoring in the 12th minute, and gaining momentum and poise as the Japanese
faltered in the torrential rain.
Italians condemned the referee and claimed the match had “hidden hands” and
Italian supporters yelled “Thieves, thieves, you stole the game” at Korean
fans who were celebrating on the streets.
to the golden goal (Ahn Jung Hwan in the 116th minute),
the end, soccer remains a sport of sizzling surprises and just might penetrate
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