The game that changed everything for US soccer – The San Diego Union-Tribune

The island of Trinidad is the farthest south of the Caribbean chain, so far south that on a clear day you can see South America and Venezuela, which is seven miles from its southwestern tip.

It is small, remote, tropical and quaint, with men selling coconuts out of the back of dilapidated pickup trucks and slicing them in half with machetes, with African mixing with East Indian mixing with Amerindian mixing with British mixing with Dutch mixing with colonial Spanish into a cultural stew, with churches down the street from mosques and Creole restaurants next to curry houses, with some cars with steering wheels on the left and some on the right.

It is the last place you’d expect to be the crossroads of U.S. soccer.

But Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago’s diverse capital, is where the U.S. national team made one of several airline refueling stops on its way to the 1950 World Cup in Brazil, where they shocked England and the rest of the civilized world with a 1-0 victory against a team that some London bookmakers had installed as a 12-goal favorite – a result many rank among the most improbable upsets in sports history.

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