USA vs Costa Rica WC ’86 Qualifier Program


This rather unattractive, cheap scorecard is significant because it marks the end of an era. This was the last time the USA was disappointed by not qualifying for the World Cup.

I was at the game in my home town of Torrance, California. It was played at El Camino College's Murdoch stadium. This is the place I fell in love with soccer following the LA Aztecs and later the LA Lazers—but it was packed with Costa Rican fans.

The USA lost the game 1-0 and the players were despondent, especially Ricky Davis. The team consisted of mostly indoor soccer players because the NASL had folded the prior year and the MISL was thriving at the time.

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