Today, the U.S. Men's National Team has a chance to earn enough points to advance to the second round of the 2014 World Cup. A win earns a berth and also puts them in a better position to take first in the group.
Let's look back at the last World Cup meeting between the two sides. On June 5, 2002, the U.S. played its first match of the 2002 World Cup, earning all three points against European powerhouse Portugal. It was a game that shocked the world and awoke many U.S. critics. It was a game that would pave the way for the U.S.'s best World Cup run since 1930. John O'Brien scored first, and the USMNT went on to tally two more before the half. As a D.C. United fan, it was the Brian McBride diving header goal that really stuck in my mind because the perfectly placed cross came from none-other than one of my favorite former DCU midfielders, Tony Sanneh.
But that was then, and today we head to battle, once again against Portgual who sits fourth in the FIFA world rankings. How confident do you feel today? Do you believe? Need to get jazzed? Watch this: