Hmmm? :hmmm: Isn’t there some quirk in World Cup history where the location of the tournament has an effect on the outcome? Like no European country has ever won when the World Cup was held outside of Europe.
In any case, while I was “researching” this bit of trivia, I came across this:
The first player to score a hat-trick in a World Cup match was United States’s Bert Patenaude who did this against Paraguay in the first round of the 1930 World Cup. Some records wrongly have the first player scoring a hat-trick as Guillermo Stabile of Argentina in their 6:3 win over Mexico on 19 July 1930, two days after Patenaude.
God rest your soul, Bert! We need you! :bowdown2:
And this, which gives me some hope (but I’m not overconfident):
GOAL POWER: The United States were the leading scorers during the 2010 World Cup qualifying campaign with 42 goals, while England boasted the best average of 3.40 goals per game.
And then there was this, which is just bizarre! :eek:
INJURY TIME: One of the most unusual injuries in World Cup history occurred as early as the first tournament. In one of the semi-finals in 1930 the United States trainer had to be carried off after he ran onto the pitch to attend an injured player against Argentina, dropped his medicine box and broke a bottle of chloroform. He inhaled the fumes and fell to the ground immediately. The injured player recovered without any treatment.
I just hope I can catch at least one US match!
C’mon Donovan! I’m rootin’ for ya, buddy! :extrahappy: