Wednesday, February 28, 2001

Best Performance - Team

This award is for that match where a U.S. National Team played at the top of its game, rising to the occasion to deliver a memorable performance in 2007 – or even all-time.


MNT vs. Mexico – Feb. 7 @ Glendale, Ariz.
To the chagrin of a wildly pro-Mexican crowd, the U.S. put in an excellent team effort to keep their bitter rivals winless on home turf in the new millennium. A Jimmy Conrad header opened the scoring, and the U.S. defended with confidence against a star-studded Mexican side, before a Landon Donovan breakaway sealed the win.

MNT vs. Ecuador – March 28 @ Tampa, Fla.
Against an excellent Ecuador side that advanced to the knockout stages of the 2006 FIFA World Cup, the U.S. came out with an emphatic 3-1 victory. Though Landon Donovan stole the headlines with his tremendous hat trick, none of the goals would have been possible without excellent team play.

WNT vs. Canada -- May 12 @ Frisco, Texas
On the beautiful pitch of Pizza Hut Park in Frisco, Texas, the USA team steamrolled Canada by a 6-2 score, getting several spectacular goals in a game where the margin of victory could have been even greater. It was the USA’s biggest win over a full strength Canadian team in seven years.

MNT vs. Mexico – June 24 @ Chicago
Despite holding a 1-0 lead at halftime, it was no se puede once again for El Tri against the U.S. Landon Donovan converted a spot kick after Brian Ching was fouled, and then it was Benny Feilhaber’s outstanding volley into the top corner that continued the U.S. dominance and kept the Gold Cup in U.S. hands.

U-20 MNT vs. Poland – July 3 @ Montreal
With a nervous draw in the opener against South Korea and a match against Brazil looming, the U.S. needed a result against Poland. What followed was the consummate team performance. After 90 minutes of tough defending, fantastic build up play and some of the best goals of the U-20 World Cup, the U.S. announced their presence at the tournament with a 6-1 win.

U-20 MNT vs. Brazil – July 6 @ Ottawa
Despite the fantastic win against Poland, the U.S. entered the final game of the group stage needing a result against Brazil to ensure qualification for the next round. Two Josmer Altidore goals, and a virtuoso performance by Freddy Adu propelled the Americans to a 2-1 victory.

U-20 WNT vs. Canada full team – July 23 @ Rio de Janeiro
In one of the biggest wins for a youth WNT in recent history, the U.S. Under-20s upset Canada’s full Women’s National Team in the semifinal of Pan Am Games in Rio de Janeiro. Forward Lauren Cheney scored both goals.

MNT vs. Brazil – Sept. 9 @ Chicago
Although it was a loss for the U.S., their match against Brazil at Soldier Field was one of the most spirited games of the year. Carlos Bocanegra struck first and then Clint Dempsey pulled the U.S. even as the see-saw scoreline mirrored the action on the field. In the end, the U.S. was unlucky not to at least draw with Brazil, but held their own against the best team in the world.

WNT vs. England - Sept. 22 @ Tianjin, China
In a knockout game at the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup, the USA scored three times in the second half to record a historic 3-0 win over England in quarterfinal. The Americans scored three minutes into the second half and then sealed the game with two goals in a four-minute span with about a half-hour left.

WNT vs. Norway -- Sept. 30 @ Shanghai, China In what was probably the USA’s best match of the tournament, the team responded from a crushing loss in the semifinal to record a resounding 4-1 win over Norway to take third place as Abby Wambach scored twice and Lori Chalupny and Heather O’Reilly added goals.