|| In recent years, the United
States have emerged as a force to be reckoned
with, qualifying for the last four FIFA World
Cup finals. The Americans reached the quarter-finals
at Korea/Japan 2002, losing narrowly to the
eventual runners-up Germany.
||The USA reached the semi-finals of the first
FIFA World Cup in 1930, although only 13 teams
took part. Argentina ended American hopes
with a 6-1 win.
|| In 1948, the USA suffered their worst defeat,
when they lost 11-0 to Norway in Oslo. Their
best result came in 1993 when they beat the
Cayman Islands 8-1, watched by fewer than