USA 3 – 2 Portugal


On paper, this match up wasn’t really a contest. On the one hand you had Portugal, boasting three players (Rui Costa, Luis Figo and Nuno Gomes) who had recently been named in the team of the tournament for EURO 2000. On the other, you had a US team that boasted various Everton alumni (Joe-Max Moore, Brian McBride and Landon Donovan). So if you were going to bet that one of these teams would be three up before 40 minutes of play, you’d have been laughed at had you have chosen the Americans. The Portugeuse also lost to South Korea and even thumping Poland 4-0 couldn’t save them. It is, indeed, a funny old game.