U.S. Plays England in Los Angeles Soccer Match
May 28, 2009 | 8:00 am
May 28, 1959: Ed Hopkinson during practice before the U.S.-England match.
Peter Young writes:
I'm a regular reader of your blog, and I've e-mailed you a few times before with praise for the blog and a correction or two.
I've just realized that on Thursday it's 50 years since I attended my first big soccer match in the U.S.A. It was U.S.A. 1 England 8 at the old Wrigley Field on May 28, 1959, attended by 10,000. I believe the match was arranged on very short notice as the England team finished a tour of South America and Mexico. The dirt baseball paths were in front of one of the goals, which made things a bit difficult for the teams.
It was perhaps the first time a European national team had visited Los Angeles for a full international match. And it was one of only a few games the U.S.A. national team played in the Fifties.
Ten years ago I posted a story on the match on my England team website. You can find it at http://www.englandfootballonline.com/TeamInteractive/Features/FeaturesFirst.html
It was my first visit to Los Angeles, and I remember the experience as if it was yesterday. But I would love to have whatever the press of the day had to say about the game.