*NOTE: The following statistics do not include 2014
1) The first FIFA World Cup took place in 1930 in Uruguay. The U.S. was one of 13 teams to took part in the tournament that year. Other teams include the following:
2) On July 13, 1930, Bart McGhee scored the first U.S. goal in FIFA World Cup history against Belgium in a 3-0 win. It was also the second goal in World Cup history. 1930 was also the best finish in U.S. history, third, despite only 13 teams participating.
3) The U.S. is 8-17-5 all-time in the tournament. The U.S. did not qualify from 1950-1986 and withdrew from the 1938 World Cup, in France. Of their (8) wins, there’s only been (2) times in which the U.S. won more than (1) game in a tournament.
4) Since expanding the World Cup to 32 teams in 1998, the U.S. has finished in the top ten only once – 2002. That year they finished 2-2-1 before being eliminated by Germany in the quarterfinals. They also tied a U.S. World Cup record by recording (7) goals – a feat that was last achieved in 1930.
5) In nine World Cup appearances, the U.S. has only scored more goals than allowed once. In 1930, they scored (7) goals and allowed (6).
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