September 10, 2013
By Michael Lewis
SCRATCHING A 46-YEAR ITCH
When the USA made history by upending Mexico, 2-1 in 1980 using NASL players
For the most two decades, it has been taken for granted that the United States usually reigns supreme over Mexico on American soil.
But it hasn't always been the case. For 46 years, El Tri had its way with the USA, whether it was in Mexico or in the United States -- until Nov. 23, 1980.
In front of 2,126 rain-soaked spectators, the U.S. defeated Mexico, 2-1, at Lockhart Stadium in Fort Lauderdale. Steve Moyers struck twice for the winners, while Hugo Sanchez (he played in both the original NASL and Major League Soccer) found the back of the net for the visitors.
"It was a monumental win," Tampa Bay Rowdies technical director Perry van der Beck said. "You look at Mexico and how they've done in the CONCACAF hex all the time. It wasn't until the late nineties and early 2000's that Bruce [Arena, former U.S. men's national coach] was in charge. Now we're dominant in the region. It wasn't just Mexico. We've been in the last six, seven World Cups. The league that we have here right now, the professional leagues in the United States that are developing the players."
"I know they didn't like to lose," former Cosmos defender Boris Bandov, the 1980 national team captain said with a laugh. "They were always so dominating." Full Story on NASL.com
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