World Cup Viewer's Guide: US Seeks Repeat of 1950 Upset
By JENNA FRYER, AP National Writer
DOHA, Qatar (AP) The first time the United States faced England at the World Cup, the hastily assembled American squad was a ragtag group that included a mailman, a grave digger, a dishwasher and a school teacher.
Few of the players had ever met before they headed to Brazil in 1950 to face powerhouse England, and the 1-0 upset victory by the United States is often likened to the 1980 Miracle on Ice win over the Soviet Union at the Lake Placid Olympics as being among the biggest moments in American sports history.
The disparity between the two national soccer teams isn't nearly as wide 72 years later as England and the United States get set to play Friday in Group B. In fact, United States midfielder Tyler Adams said he's more frightened of spiders than he is of facing England.
The Americans are the underdogs following their 1-1 draw with Wales, while England is coming off a 6-2 opening win over Iran.
England are still a big team at the end of the day, but the intimidation factor? I wouldnt say theres many things out there that intimidate me, other than spiders, said Adams, who plays for Premier League club Leeds.
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