Dave Lange (Soccer Made in St. Louis) shared a video Sunday in advance (see below) of the USA v Mexico match that I just got around to watching and it motivated me to make sure it was documented on this site due to the St. Louis players that were involved. From a book title “NOT JUST ANOTHER GAME” and the related short video below, a story of the USA win against Mexico in Lockhart Stadium on November 23, 1980 in a World Cup Qualifying match. It’s considered the origin of the rivalry the US now has with Mexico following a 46 year drought against ‘El Tri’.
The book by Noah Davis was excerpted in 2013 by SB Nation. It’s a long read but a great soccer story that highlight Steve Moyer’s role, scoring both goals in the 2-1 win and features Indiana University legend, and father of Chicago Red Star’s favorite Vanessa DiBernardo, Angelo DiBernardo (shown wearing his IU colors).
On a rainy night in Ft. Lauderdale, the United States and Mexico took the field to scattered applause from the tiny audience of just over 2,000 in Lockhart Stadium. The American team had expected more—the NASL Ft. Lauderdale Strikers routinely drew crowds of more than 14,000. “There was some support, [but] not what we were looking for…” DiBernardo said of the crowd.
The true origin of the rivalry between the United States and Mexico
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