February 7, 1990 |
Colombia's soccer federation will decide after an investigation into death threats against national team members and their families whether to send the team to Los Angeles this month for the Marlboro Cup. According to a report Tuesday by the French Press Agency, Colombian President Virgilio Barco ordered the country's security chief, General Miguel Maza, to investigate the threats, which were made last Thursday by a group calling itself Purge Colombian Soccer.
February 3, 1990 |
After 2 1/2 euphoric months since qualifying for this summer's World Cup in Italy, the U.S. national soccer team hit the Orange Bowl's prescription turf hard Friday night. Costa Rica, another World Cup qualifier but hardly a world power, scored in the ninth minute and was virtually unchallenged for the remainder of the game in a 2-0 victory before a crowd of about 20,000 in the first round of the Marlboro Cup.
February 23, 1990 |
With more than 50,000 tickets already sold, the largest crowd ever to see the U. S. national team play other than at the 1984 Summer Olympics is expected for Saturday's game at Stanford against the Soviet Union. But if you believe Soviet Coach Valeri Lobonovsky, those tickets should come with a money-back guarantee. Asked about the kind of soccer he wants to show the crowd at Stanford, he said: "More than we're capable of. It is impossible for us to show what we would like."
February 5, 1990 |
More accustomed to preventing goals than scoring them, goalkeeper Kasey Keller missed a penalty kick that enabled Colombia to beat the United States, 2-1, Sunday for third place in the Marlboro Cup of soccer. Uruguay won the championship, 2-0, over Costa Rica in the second game at the Orange Bowl before a crowd of 15,231. U.S. Coach Bob Gansler, who criticized his players for their lack of intensity in Friday's 2-0 loss to Costa Rica, called the game against Colombia "progress."
February 20, 1990 |
Having determined that death threats against its coach, players and their families were unfounded, the Colombian Soccer Federation rejected an offer for extra security during the team's stay in Los Angeles this week for the Marlboro Cup. "It's more difficult to play soccer with bodyguards all over the place," Colombia Coach Francisco Maturana said Monday. "We want to get (the threats) out of our minds."
June 5, 1989
Brian Bliss, Tab Ramos and Bruce Murray scored in the first half as the U.S. national team defeated Peru, 3-0, to win the Marlboro Cup exhibition soccer tournament in East Rutherford, N.J. It was the first time in 56 years that the United States scored three goals against a team from South America and it was the first U.S. victory over a South American opponent in 11 games. The last was a 1-0 win over Columbia Oct. 11, 1984. The United States, which resumes World Cup qualifying against Guatemala June 17, is 3-9-6 against South American teams in 104 years of international competition.