U.S. national team: The red, white… and black?

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Last year, the United States national soccer team began wearing red, white, and (mostly) black uniforms during away games. Sure, they look attractive. But the black kits make it easy to forget you’re watching the U.S. national team, as opposed to some unidentified club team. To be fair, other national selections, such as The Netherlands, wear unpatriotic unflag-ly colors while playing soccer. But I don’t have to like it. Hopefully U.S. soccer returns to red, white, and blue for next year’s World Cup.

What’s the biggest USA soccer upset?

_imageAccording to collective Washington Post readers, U.S. over England in the 1950 World Cup tops them all. That result certainly garnered the most international publicity, I’m told, so it’s easy to see why it won.

In second place, readers chose U.S. over No. 1 ranked Spain during this year’s FIFA Confederations Cup, a warm up tournament held before the World Cup. I saw that match, and while thrilling, it wasn’t as exciting as USA over Portugal at the 2002 World Cup, which readers ranked as the third biggest upset in U.S. history.

Other upsets mentioned included U.S. wins over Brazil in 1998, Columbia at the 1994 World Cup, Argentina in 1995, and Germany in 1999. What would you vote as the biggest U.S. soccer upset?