World Series of Soccer

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The term World Series of Soccer was initially a series of senior international soccer matches held by USSF between 1991 and 1994.

In 2005, Major League Soccer re-introduced the name for a series of professional matches in the United States.

U.S. roster[edit]

National Team player pool for the 1991 World Series of Soccer:

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Club
1GK Tony Meola 21 February 1969 100 United States Fort Lauderdale Strikers
1GK Mark Dodd 14 September 1965 15 United States Colorado Foxes
2DF Fernando Clavijo 23 January 1956 61 United States St. Louis Storm
2DF John Doyle 16 April 1966 53 Sweden Örgryte IS
2DF Desmond Armstrong 2 November 1964 81 Brazil Santos FC
2DF Steve Trittschuh 24 April 1965 38 Czechoslovakia Sparta Prague
2DF Janusz Michallik 22 April 1966 44 United States Gremio Lusitano
2DF Bruce Savage 21 December 1960 16 United States Baltimore Blast
2DF Alexi Lalas 1 June 1970 96 United States Rutgers University
2DF Robin Fraser 17 December 1966 27 United States Colorado Foxes
2DF Troy Dayak 21 January 1971 9 United States San Francisco Bay Blackhawks
2DF Marcelo Balboa 8 August 1967 128 United States San Francisco Bay Blackhawks
2DF Jimmy Banks 2 September 1964 36 United States Milwaukee Wave
2DF Jeff Agoos 2 May 1968 134 United States University of Virginia
2DF Troy Snyder 24 November 1965 5 United States Dallas Sidekicks
3MF Paul Krumpe 4 March 1963 25 United States Colorado Foxes
3MF Brian Quinn 24 May 1960 48 United States San Diego Sockers
3MF Tab Ramos 21 September 1966 81 Spain Figueres
3MF John Harkes 8 March 1967 90 England Sheffield Wednesday
3MF Chris Henderson 11 December 1970 79 United States UCLA
3MF Dominic Kinnear 26 July 1967 56 United States San Francisco Bay Blackhawks
3MF Hugo Perez 8 November 1963 73 Sweden Örgryte IS
3MF Paul Caligiuri 9 May 1964 110 Germany Hansa Rostock
4FW Steve Rammel 20 April 1968 0 United States Rutgers University
4FW Peter Vermes 21 November 1966 67 United States Tampa Bay Rowdies
4FW Eric Wynalda 9 June 1969 107 United States San Francisco Bay Blackhawks
4FW Bruce Murray 25 January 1966 86 United States Maryland Bays
4FW Frank Klopas 1 September 1966 39 Greece AEK Athens
4FW Dante Washington 21 November 1970 6 United States Radford University


In 1991, the United States Soccer Federation (USSF), established and promoted a series of national team games between the United States men's national soccer team and other national soccer teams. The goal was to provide U.S. soccer players on the national team an opportunity to play high level competitive soccer. The collapse of the North American Soccer League had removed the ability of U.S. players getting meaningful outdoor experience. While indoor soccer was booming, USSF didn't see it as an adequate replacement for outdoor competition when it came to preparing players for international outdoor soccer.


May 5 San Diego California United States 1-0 Uruguay

May 19 Stanford Stadium Palo Alto United States 0-1 Argentina

June 1 Foxboro Stadium Foxborough United States 1-1 Ireland

November 24. Texas Stadium Irving United States 1-1 Costa Rica



May 30, 1992 RFK Stadium Washington United States 3–1 Ireland (match part of 1992 U.S. Cup)

June 3, 1992 Soldier Field Chicago United States 1–0 Portugal (match part of 1992 U.S. Cup)

June 6, 1992 Soldier Field Chicago United States 1–1 Italy (match part of 1992 U.S. Cup)


In 1993, USSF resurrected the World Series of Soccer to prepare the national team for the 1994 FIFA World Cup. As the host nation, the U.S. did not need to qualify. Therefore, USSF sought other games to provide the team with competitive experience.


Jan 30 United States 2-2 Denmark

Feb 13 United States 0-1 Russia

Feb 21 United States 0-0 Russia

May 8 United States 1-2 Colombia

June 6 Yale Bowl New Harven United States 0-2 Brazil (match part of 1993 U.S. Cup)

June 9 Foxboro Stadium Foxborough United States 2-0 England (match part of 1993 U.S. Cup)

June 13 Soldier Field Chicago United States 3-4 Germany (match part of 1993 U.S. Cup)


In 1994, the U.S. national team played three matches in Ohio, billed by USSF as part of the World Series of Soccer:


May 21, 1994 United States 2-3 Bayern Munich

May 25 United States 0-0 Saudi Arabia

May 28 United States 1-1 Greece