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Paul Caligiuri

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Uploaded on May 22, 2010

Simply put, the man who started it all...Paul Caligiuri, the defender whose opportunistic goal in 1989 put the United States into its first World Cup in 40 years. Though the US was schooled in Italia '90, Caligiuri's goal provided the momentum the whole of US Soccer needed. For one, it meant the US wouldn't have to wait for their automatic qualification to the World Cup as tourney hosts in 1994. Beating Trinidad & Tobago, 1-0, on Caligiuri's goal meant the US earned their passage. A passage that provided the spark to elevate American soccer to the top of CONCACAF, to qualify for every World Cup since and to create its own domestic league, Major League Soccer. Not bad.

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