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U.S. Plays England in Los Angeles Soccer Match

May 28, 2009 |  8:00 am

May 28, 1959, Soccer

May 28, 1959: Ed Hopkinson during practice before the U.S.-England match.

May 28, 1959, Sports 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
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.

May 26, 1959, Soccer

May 28, 1959, Soccer
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At left, The Times on May 26, 1959: the British team arrives. They practiced at Hollywood High School.  

May 29, 1959, Sports
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England defeats the U.S., 8-1
May 29, 1959, Soccer
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Johnny Hynes makes it 8-1 with a tricky kick from 10 yards out.