The U.S. national team last played in Baltimore on Aug. 29, 1972. The Americans and Canada tied, 2-2, in a World Cup qualifier that night at Memorial Stadium. Neither would qualify for the finals 1 1/2 years later in Germany.
If you can't remember, you have lots of company. Only 3,723 tickets were sold, and The Sun reported that "3,000 underprivileged children" boosted the crowd.
The U.S. roster, coached by George Meyer, had one local player, Patterson's Fritz Scardina. His teammates included goalkeepers Mike Winter and Orest Banach, as well as Nick Frat, Andy Mate, Rudy Getzinger, Gary Rensing, Larry Mausmann, Pat McBride, Alan Hamlyn and Steve Frank. Willy Roy scored one U.S. goal and set up Gene Geimer for the other.
The same day's sports news included swimmer Mark Spitz winning the third of what would become seven gold medals in the Olympic Games in Munich, West Germany.
Edmondson High's Charlie Pittman was subbing for fullback Don Nottingham in a Colts preseason game against Detroit in, of all places, Tampa, Fla. Ben Crenshaw was favored in the USGA's Amateur Championship. And Bobby Grich's grand slam against the Twins helped the Orioles tie the Tigers for first place in the American League East.
The U.S. team wasn't hot box office then, true, but pro soccer was alive here. The previous week, the Baltimore Bays had tied Dynamo Moscow, 3-3, on Trinidadian Gamaldo's goal with 1: 10 to go at Memorial Stadium. Attendance: 17,854.
Pub Date: 8/07/97