1993 U.S. Cup
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The 1993 U.S. Cup was a United States Soccer Federation organized round robin tournament held in June 1993. The U.S. hosted Brazil, England and Germany. All three of those countries were playing in their only U.S. Cup. The U.S. Cup began as a four-team invitational tournament in 1992 and would be played each year until 2000, except for the World Cup years of 1994 and 1998. The team with the best record at the end of the cup was crowned the cup champion. This year, Germany went on to win the title. England participated in the hope that they would be acclimatising for the following year's World Cup, but in the event they failed to qualify for that tournament.
This year’s cup had two interesting features. First, the final game of the cup, between Germany and England, took place in the Pontiac Silverdome, an indoor stadium. This was the first soccer game played indoors on grass and it served as a test for the upcoming 1994 World Cup to be held in the U.S. In that World Cup, several venues, such as the Silverdome, had complete roofs and the World Cup organizers wanted to test the feasibility of using grass on an indoor field. Finally, the U.S. Cup organizers had difficulty setting the dates for the various stadia as they had to compete with that summer’s Paul McCartney concert tour.
6 June: USA vs Brazil
6 June 1993
|Report|| 5' Careca
United States: Tony Meola, Desmond Armstrong, John Doyle, Mike Lapper, Fernando Clavijo, Jeff Agoos, John Harkes, Chris Henderson (Peter Woodring 69’), Bruce Murray (Cobi Jones 57’), Roy Wegerle, Jean Harbor (Earnie Stewart 46’)
Brazil: Cláudio Taffarel, Winck, Julio Cesar, Márcio Santos, Branco (Nonato 46’), Luisinho (Rai 68’), Dunga, Boiadeiro, Valdeir, Careca, Elivelton (Cafu 76’)
9 June: USA vs England
9 June 1993
United States: Tony Meola, Desmond Armstrong, Mike Lapper, John Doyle, Jeff Agoos, Fernando Clavijo, Thomas Dooley (Alexi Lalas 69’), John Harkes, Tab Ramos (Cobi Jones 82’), Roy Wegerle, Eric Wynalda (Earnie Stewart 61’)
10 June: Brazil vs Germany
10 June 1993
|Helmer (o.g.) 13'
|Report|| 66' Klinsmann
Germany: Andreas Köpke, Stefan Effenberg, Thomas Helmer, Jürgen Kohler, Guido Buchwald, Andreas Möller, Michael Zorc (Thomas Strunz 58’), Lothar Matthäus, Matthias Sammer (Karlheinz Riedle 46’), Christian Ziege (Michael Schulz 74’), Jürgen Klinsmann
13 June: England vs Brazil
13 June 1993
|Platt 47'||Report||Santos 76'|
England: Flowers, Barrett, Des Walker, Pallister, Dorigo, Sinton, Batty (David Platt 46’), Clough (Merson 82’), Paul Ince (Palmer 67’), Sharpe, Wright
Brazil: Cláudio Taffarel, Jorginho, Valber, Márcio Roberto dos Santos, Nonato (Cafu 5’), Luisinho (Palhinha 57’), Careca, Elivelton, Dunga, Valdeir (Almir 67’), Rai
13 June: USA vs Germany
13 June 1993
|Dooley 25' 79'
|Report|| 14' Klinsmann
34' 39' 59' Riedle
United States: Tony Meola, Desmond Armstrong, John Doyle, Mike Lapper, Fernando Clavijo, Jeff Agoos (Alexi Lalas 67’), Thomas Dooley, John Harkes, Tab Ramos (Cobi Jones 78’), Roy Wegerle, Eric Wynalda (Earnie Stewart 60’)
Germany: Andreas Köpke, Jürgen Kohler (Thomas Helmer 74’), Guido Buchwald, Michael Schulz, Stefan Effenberg (Andreas Möller 60’), Lothar Matthäus, Uwe Bein, Christian Ziege, Thomas Strunz, Karlheinz Riedle, Jürgen Klinsmann (Karlheinz Pflipsen 70’)
19 June: Germany vs England
19 June 1993
Germany: Illgner, Stefan Effenberg (Zorc 76'), Helmer, Buchwald, Andreas Möller (Sammer 63’), Matthäus, Schulz, Ziege, Strunz, Karlheinz Riedle, Jürgen Klinsmann
England: Martyn, Barrett, Pallister (Keown 53'), Des Walker, David Platt, Paul Ince, Clough (Wright 70’), Sinton, Merson, John Barnes, Sharpe (Winterburn 46’)
|1993 U.S. Cup Winner:
- Stefan Effenberg
- Andreas Möller
- Alexi Lalas
- Earnie Stewart
- Luís Carlos Winck
- Márcio Roberto dos Santos
- To Practice for 1994, A U.S. Cup Next June
- No Kicking About U.S. Soccer Or Soccer In U.S. After Cup Big Crowds. Indoor Grass. Good Stories. No Hooligans. To Top That, The Home Team Beat England.
- "Up in Arms : British Press Doesn't Think Highly of Loss to United States in Soccer". LONDON: Los Angeles Times. 11 June 1993. Retrieved 3 March 2012.