Trinidad and Tobago loss the most humiliating in U.S. soccer history

Trinidad and Tobago loss the most humiliating in U.S. soccer history
From ESPN - October 13, 2017

In the days after the failure of the United States to beat Trinidad and Tobago in a game that meant only pride to the hosts, the humiliation of the loss lingers. With an opportunity to go to an eighth World Cup on the line, the Americans showed none of the grit and determination that traditionally is a staple of the team's game.

Determining where that embarrassment ranks all time is not easy. The United States did not take the sport seriously for much of the 20th century and can count a number of bad losses on its record.

Here are the five worst humiliations in USMNT history; you can probably guess what's at No. 1.

5. 11-0 vs. Norway, 1948 friendly

A game from the pre-dawn era of American soccer makes the list largely because of the severity of the defeat. Norway's 11-0 win included five goals from forward Odd Wang Sorensen, nearly 30 percent of the 17 goals he would score in his international career. His haul remains the record for a single game by a Norwegian player.

The defeat in Oslo came just two years before the historic 1-0 victory by the U.S. over mighty England at the 1950 World Cup. Walter Bahr, Charles Colombo, Gino Pariani and John Souza all started both games, participating in both the worst defeat in American soccer history and one of its greatest wins.

4. 3-0 vs. Czech Republic, 2006 World Cup

Four years after their run to the World Cup quarterfinals -- where the U.S. pushed Germany to the brink -- the Americans had designs on an even more impressive showing at the 2006 tournament.

But in a opening game that ultimately set the tone for a letdown of a campaign, the Americans were dominated by the Czech Republic in a 3-0 loss in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. It took less than five minutes for the Czechs to find an opener on a header by Jan Koller, a bad omen for an old U.S. side unsuited to chasing the game. Tomas Rosicky scored twice to seal the result.

The Americans went on to earn a point against eventual champion Italy before crashing out in a loss to Ghana.

3. 2-1 vs. Iran, 1998 World Cup

This game is mostly remembered for the tense political atmosphere surrounding it, but it also represented a particular failure for head coach Steve Sampson and the American team. Working to build off of their surprising knockout-round appearance in 1994, the U.S. had played stiff competition leading into France '98.


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