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Wednesday, 5 June, 2002, 18:41 GMT 19:41 UK
America's 'foreign' flavour
American fans celebrates the shock opening win
It was America's greatest result for 50 years
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The USA's 3-2 win over Portugal in their opening match of the World Cup will go down as one of their greatest ever victories.

It is up there with their historic 1950 victory over England.

Despite being separated by more than half a century, the two wins share some common ground apart from their shock value - the "foreign" international.

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In the modern era you could argue this is the best victory the USA have ever had
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Haitian immigrant Joe Gaetjens scored the lone goal in America's 1950 World Cup win and there was a distinct foreign flavour to their latest upset.

Down the years it has always been the case.

Players such as Roy Wegerle, Fernando Clavijo, Hugo Perez, Frank Klopas, Tab Ramos and Thomas Dooley, who rank among the most prominent and successful ever to wear the US strip, were all born outside of the country.

While the 2002 World Cup squad illustrates the fact that the USA are becoming much more proficient at developing home-grown talent, the unmistakable influence of the foreign-born US international remains strong.

Of the 23 footballers representing the States at the World Cup, five were born outside of the country.


Earnie Stewart

Stewart has been an international since 1990 and was America's 2001 footballer of the year.

Born in the Netherlands to a Dutch mother and an American father, this is his third World Cup.

Earnie Stewart celebrates the win
Stewart celebrates on the final whistle in Suwon

After moving to the States at the age of two, Stewart spent five years in the US before returning to the Netherlands five years later.

Stewart has lived continuously in the Netherlands ever since, where he has played his entire professional club career.

The 33-year-old captain for the day was instrumental in the first and third goals, before going off at half-time with a thigh injury.

On four minutes it was his corner that led to the opening goal, and another cross from the right flank found Brian McBride for the third.


Jeff Agoos

Agoos is by far the most American of the squad of "foreigners".

Born in Switzerland, Agoos moved to the US with his family as an infant, and is clearly a product of the US youth system.

He will be remembered for the second-half own-goal that reduced the American advantage to 3-2.

However, he more than made amends for his error with a strong defensive performance as Portugal pushed for a third.


Pablo Mastroeni

Like Agoos, Mastroeni came to the US at an early age, but unlike his fellow defender, American citizenship did not come until much later.

Born in Argentina of Italian ancestry, Mastroeni arrived in the US at the age of four.

A legal "permanent resident alien", Mastroeni was encouraged to apply for citizenship by the US Soccer Federation last year, so that he could compete for a place in the World Cup squad.

Mastroeni's dream of World Cup football came true in his very first match, in the most memorable of circumstances.


Carlos Llamosa

Llamosa perhaps best typifies the spirit of all naturalised US citizens. He is the embodiment of the "American Dream".

A native of Colombia, where he spent five years as a professional footballer, Llamosa moved to New York in 1991 to join his seven siblings.

Since no fully professional American league was in existence at the time, Llamosa took work as a janitor at the World Trade Center.

In 1997 he signed a lucrative MLS contract a year after the American first division began, obtained his citizenship and received his first cap in 1998.

He was on the pitch as the celebrations unfolded on the final whistle having come on for Eddie Pope after 80 minutes.


David Regis

Born on the Caribbean island of Martinique, Regis moved to France at the age of 10 to pursue a career in football.

His place in the squad was made possible by his marriage to wife Nikki, a US citizen from Georgia, whom he met in the French city of Strasbourg.

He will hope to figure in future matches, but had to make do with a place on the bench in Suwon.


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