The “Beautiful Game” turned ugly for the U.S. as a stunning loss to Trinidad & Tobago at the qualifiers sent the Americans packing without a ticket to next year’s World Cup.
But America’s absence from soccer’s premier international tournament shouldn’t raise quick eyebrows.
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RUGBY October 20, 2007- South Africa defeat England 15-6 at the quadrennial Rugby World Cup, the sport’s premier international tournament. It was South Africa’s second championship since the competition event was introduced in 1987. New Zealand remain the all-time champions with three victories, including the inaugural games.
FOOTBALL October 18, 1997- Liz Heaston becomes the first woman to score in a college football game. The junior with the Williamette Bearcats kicked two separate field goals to help her team defeat the Linfield Wildcats 27-0. Heaston was a star soccer player at Williamette and was recruited by the school’s football team to fill in for their injured kicker.
BOXING October 16, 1987- Mike Tyson TKO’s Tyrell Biggs in the 7th round to retain his WBA/WBC/IBF heavyweight titles. A year earlier, at age 20, Tyson became the youngest boxer ever to win a heavyweight title when he took down Trevor Berbick in the 2nd round. “Iron Mike” retired in 2005, leaving a trail of controversies inside and outside the ring.
BASEBALL October 18, 1977- Reggie Jackson knocks three consecutive home runs at Yankee Stadium in the clinching game 6 of the World Series. The slugger won two straight championships with the NY team, 1977-78, and previously three with the Oakland A’s, 1972-74. He retired in 1987 as a 14x All-Star and was inducted in the Hall of Fame in 1993.