Saturday, January 21, 2017

Tournaments-Part 7 – US Cup (1992)

The US Cup was a mini-Tournament hosted by the United States in the Summer of 1992. The United States were to host the 1994 World Cup and were anxious to test themselves against quality opposition as part of their preparations. USA’s Yugoslavian Manager Bora Milutinovic had taken on a similar task in preparing World Cup Hosts Mexico in 1986. He had achieved his goals by playing in an endless array of Friendly matches to get his team ready. Since USA did not even have a professional League at the time, the Americans had no choice but play in these friendlies.
However, this particular Tournament was seen as something more. Not only the quality of the opposition was stronger (Italy, Republic of Ireland and Portugal), but also the whole format was designed to get the USA squad prepared in a round robin mindset that they would have to play in two years time.
To have the strongest squad in display in front of home fans, USA selected all its key players playing for European sides who would otherwise be unavailable for friendlies during the year.
This included 1990 World Cup veterans John Harkes and Tab Ramos, as well as new naturalized internationals such as the West German-born Thomas Dooley and South African Native Roy Wegerle.
Others such as Dutch-based Earnie Stewart were also called up for what was perhaps its strongest squad (relatively speaking, remember USA were still somewhat new to the International Game).

As far as the opposition, the Italians were in America since they had missed out on qualifying for the Finals of the 1992 Euros in Sweden, Arrigo Sacchi had taken over months ago and the team was still in rebuilding phase.
The key players were Juventus’ Roberto Baggio and the AC Milan stars such as Franco Baresi, Paolo Maldini and Sampdoria (and soon Juventus) striker Gianluca Vialli. Sacchi had called up many new players to experiment, these included Foggia (and soon Lazio) striker Giuseppe Signori.

Jackie Charlton’s Republic of Ireland were one of the most difficult teams to play in Europe. They were not a very spectacular team yet were virtually impossible to beat. Chalton had built a squad to play on their strengths of physical strength and aerial power.
Just prior to departing they had defeated Albania in their first World Cup 1994 qualifier. Their interest appeared lukewarm from the start with many perhaps wanting to take a break and rest. This feeling would be justified after their uncharacteristically poor performances in this Tournament.

Portugal had missed out on the last few Finals of Tournaments. They were a side being rebuilt by their former U-20 World Cup winning Manager Carlos Queiroz. They were missing their kingpin Atletico Madrid star Paulo Futre as well as AS Monaco midfielder Rui Barros and Benfica striker Rui Aguas. The side was in the early stages of the Team that would be referred as their best Generation (that of the 1989 and 1991 U-20 World Cup Graduates).
Youngsters such as Luis Figo, Fernando Couto and Joao Vieira Pinto were on hand to get valuable experience in their soon bright future.

The Americans kicked off the Tournament on May 30th at Washington, DC vs. the Republic of Ireland. The two sides had met a month prior (April 29th) at Dublin and the Irish had come out winners (4-1).
But this would be a different game and the more fatigued Irish (playing in a 4-5-1 formation) would eventually give way in a match played under heavy rain.
For the Americans, Dooley and Wegerle made their long awaited debuts.
The naturalized Americans gave the USA a much-needed boost as experienced professionals from abroad. Thomas Dooley qualified, as he was the son of a former US Army veteran stationed in West Germany.
South African-born Roy Wegerle qualified through marriage. He was married to an American, whom he had met while going to the University of South Florida.
Roy Wegerle remained on the bench for the first half that remained scoreless.
He later stated that sitting on the bench and watching the match helped him to see how his teammates were operating so that he could be useful once he came on.
The Irish took the lead in the 53rd minute. Steve Staunton took a corner from the left side that was headed in by Mick McCarthy.
The Americans tied the match just a minute later. A free kick taken from left side was headed across by Dooley to the right side. From the right flank, John Doyle crossed it for Marcelo Balboa to score.
At the hour Jackie Charlton reverted to a 4-4-2 formation by inserting Tommy Coyne.
The US pressed on and in the 70th minute were rewarded with a second goal.
Fernando Clavijo crossed from left side for Tab Ramos, who volleyed it home from outside of box.
A few minutes from the end, Wegerle back heeled a pass to Dooley who set up John Harkes to score the third.
The American reaction from the match was positive. No one had expected the Americans to defeat Ireland in such a manner. The immediate impact of the newcomers was also unexpected. The usually unbeatable Irish had been a pale shadow of themselves. Their World Cup qualifier vs. Albania had only been a few days before on May 26th on a different continent.
On the next day (May 31st), Italy took on Portugal at New Haven, Connecticut.
It was a poor scrappy match that ended scoreless between two teams that did not give much away. It was marred by the sending offs of the Italian Roberto Donadoni and Portugal's Jose Leal.


Photo From : Soccer International, Volume 4, Issue 6, June 1993
(Alessandro Bianchi and Joao Vieira Pinto, May 31, 1992, US Cup, Italy 0-Portugal 0)


Photo From : Guerin Sportivo, Issue 899 (Number 24), June 10-16, 1992
(Italy squad, May 31, 1992, US Cup, Italy 0-Portugal 0)


USA took on Portugal on June 3rd at Chicago, Illinois. The Americans were confident following their win over Ireland.
This time Wegerle started and scored his first goal for his new Nation. In the 35th minute, Bruce Murray sent Wegerle through and he rounded the goalkeeper and scored.
USA had now won two straight matches against European opposition, which was unprecedented, and with four points looked set to win the Tournament.



Photo From : Soccer International, Volume 4, Issue 6, June 1993
(Marcelo Balboa, June 3, 1992, US Cup, USA 1-Portugal 0)

Photo From : Soccer International, Volume 3, Issue 9, September 1992
(June 3, 1992, US Cup, USA 1-Portugal 0)

Photo From : Soccer International, Volume 3, Issue 9, September 1992
(June 3, 1992, US Cup, USA 1-Portugal 0)

Photo From : Soccer International, Volume 3, Issue 9, September 1992
(June 3, 1992, US Cup, USA 1-Portugal 0)

The next day (June 4th), the Italians took on the struggling Irish (who appeared to wish to be anywhere else but there) at Boston, Massachusetts.
Newcomer Giuseppe Signori gave Italy the lead in the 16th minute scoring from an indirect free kick.

Photo From : Guerin Sportivo, Issue 899 (Number 24), June 10-16, 1992
(Giuseppe Signori celebrating, June 4, 1992, US Cup, Italy 2-Republic of Ireland 0)

The match became a personal nightmare for the normally reliable Ireland goalkeeper Packie Bonner.
In the 64th minute, Roberto Mancini sent Signori clear. Bonner fouled him in the box and was sent off as the last man.
Substitute goalkeeper Gerry Peyton came on but he was powerless in stopping Alessandro Costacurta’s penalty kick. The Italians won (2-0) to inflict further damage on Irish confidence.


Photo From : Guerin Sportivo, Issue 899 (Number 24), June 10-16, 1992
(Packie Bonner fouling Giuseppe Signori, June 4, 1992, US Cup, Italy 2-Republic of Ireland 0)

Photo From : Guerin Sportivo, Issue 899 (Number 24), June 10-16, 1992
(Alessandro Costacurta scoring from the spot, June 4, 1992, US Cup, Italy 2-Republic of Ireland 0)


Photo From : Guerin Sportivo, Issue 899 (Number 24), June 10-16, 1992
(Italy squad, June 4, 1992, US Cup, Italy 2-Republic of Ireland 0)


Photo From : Onze-Mondial, Hors Serie 16, May 1994
(Republic of Ireland squad, June 4, 1992, US Cup, Italy 2-Republic of Ireland 0)


For their respective last matches, the Americans hosted Italy in Chicago, Illinois. The stronger Italians were USA’s strongest challenge in the Tournament and were favored.
The Italians had last beaten a very inexperienced USA side (1-0) in their own World Cup in 1990.
Those Americans present that day: Tony Meola, Paul Caligiuri, Marcelo Balboa, John Doyle, Tab Ramos, John Harkes and Bruce Murray had gained much needed experience in the intervening two years.
The more experienced Italians took the lead in the second minute.


Photo From : Soccer International, Volume 4, Issue 6, June 1993
(June 6, 1992, US Cup, USA 1-Italy 1)

Photo From : World Soccer, August 1992
(Tab Ramos and Alberto Di Chiara, June 6, 1992, US Cup, USA 1-Italy 1)

Photo From : World Soccer, March 1993
(Giuseppe Signori, June 6, 1992, US Cup, USA 1-Italy 1)

Franco Baresi sent a long cross to the left side to Alessandro Bianchi. Bianchi sent a cross into the box, where Pierluigi Casiraghi got a touch and it fell for Roberto Baggio who shot past Meola.


Photo From : Soccer International, Volume 3, Issue 9, September 1992
(John Doyle heading, June 6, 1992, US Cup, USA 1-Italy 1)

Photo From : Soccer International, Volume 3, Issue 9, September 1992
(Earnie Stewart and Paolo Maldini, June 6, 1992, US Cup, USA 1-Italy 1)


Photo From : Soccer International, Volume 3, Issue 9, September 1992
(Brian Quinn, John Harkes and Giuseppe Signori, June 6, 1992, US Cup, USA 1-Italy 1)


Photo From : Soccer International, Volume 3, Issue 9, September 1992
(Tab Ramos, Alberto Di Chiara and Roberto Donadoni, June 6, 1992, US Cup, USA 1-Italy 1)

The Americans tied up the match in the 23rd minute. Hugo Perez sent a long cross to Wegerle on the left side. He laid it across and set up Tab Ramos for a shot. Italy goalkeeper Luca Marchegiani parried the shot and eventually John Harkes pushed the ball in.
The score remained unchanged and ended in a satisfactory tie (1-1) for both.


Photo From : Soccer International, Volume 3, Issue 9, September 1992
(USA squad, June 6, 1992, US Cup, USA 1-Italy 1)


Photo From : Guerin Sportivo, Issue 899 (Number 24), June 10-16, 1992
(June 6, 1992, US Cup, USA 1-Italy 1)

Photo From : Guerin Sportivo, Issue 899 (Number 24), June 10-16, 1992
(June 6, 1992, US Cup, USA 1-Italy 1)

The Tournament was concluded on the following day (June 7th), when the Republic of Ireland and Portugal faced off in an inconsequential match.
The Irish finally showed some positive signs and ended the US Cup in a somewhat positive note by defeating Portugal (2-0).
The Irish playing in a 4-4-2 formation took the lead in the 39th minute, when Steve Staunton scored from a direct corner.
Portugal had chances in the closing stages but could not capitalize.
Ireland killed off the match in the last minute. Staunton found Ray Houghton, whose cross was headed in by Tommy Coyne.

The Americans hosts won the US Cup with five points to satisfy the skeptics at home and abroad who had misgivings about the Americans’ preparations for the 1994 World Cup.
For the Americans the Tournament gave hope for a satisfactory showing at the World Cup. It should be remembered at the time the objective was merely to get beyond the first round.
This fact was highlighted by USA Manager Bora Milutinovic, who noted that had this been a World Cup group they would have advanced.
The 1990 World Cup had essentially been a team made of College graduates with no professional experience. In two years, the likes of Harkes and Ramos had progressed by playing regularly at professional level.
The inclusion of Dooley and Wegerle was also deemed a success.
The Italians, just like the Irish, used this Tournament for experimentation and also a dry run for the proper World Cup.
All the other Managers at hand, as well as players such as Italy’s Roberto Donadoni, were praiseworthy of USA’s improvements in just a few years.
Jackie Charlton remarked how not many teams could beat them (1-3), while Carlos Queiroz highlighted the inclusion of the European based players.
The American players such as John Harkes felt they had now earned a certain level of respect and also a change in mentality. Now, they were playing to win instead of fear of losing by large scores.
As far the Italians, the most significant aspect of this Tour was Sacchi’s decision to dispense of then-starting goalkeeper Walter Zenga.
Others such as Signori earned their way into the National Team set up.

The Irish had more or less treated this Tour as a vacation and only took it seriously late on.
They had completed their main brief in defeating Albania in the World Cup qualifier just prior to departing. Once in America, they had competed in a wishy-washy manner.
There was also a case of indiscipline concerning veteran defender Kevin Moran. He had reported late back to the team hotel after playing golf. There ensued an argument between himself and Charlton. This led to his omission in two World Cup Qualifiers in the Fall of 1992.
This Tournament would become a summer tradition for the Americans until 2000 (though skipped in 1994 and 1998).
Its importance would wane in the latter stages but this edition and especially the one in the following year would go a long way to help the USA Soccer program.


‘US Cup 1992’ Squads:

USA:
Goalkeepers:
1-Tony Meola (Captain)
18-Kasey Keller (Millwall Football Club-London / England)

Defenders/Midfielders/Strikers:
2-Janusz Michallik
3-John Doyle
4-Bruce Murray
5- Thomas Dooley (1.Fußball-Club e.V. Kaiserslautern / Germany) 
6-John Harkes (Sheffield Wednesday Football Club / England)
7-Hugo Pérez
8-Dominic Kinnear (San Francisco Bay Blackhawks)
9-Tab Ramos (Figueres / Spain)
10-Peter Vermes (Figueres / Spain)
11-Zak Ibsen (UCLA (University of California Los Angeles))
12-Earnie Stewart (Willem II Tilburg / Holland)
13-Mark Chung (University of South Florida)
14-Brian Quinn
15-Desmond Armstrong
17-Marcelo Balboa (Colorado Foxes)
19-Chris Henderson (Seattle Storm)
20- Paul Caligiuri (Sport-Club Freiburg e.V. / Germany)
21-Fernando Clavijo
22-Roy Wegerle (Blackburn Rovers Football Club / England)

Coach:  Velibor ‘Bora’ Milutinovic (Yugoslavia)

Note:
1-John Doyle was contracted to Swedish club  (Örgryte Idrottssällskap- Göteborg) from (1990/93) but in the summer of 1992 he was loaned to San Francisco Bay Blackhawks.
2-USA players not contracted to foreign players were contracted to the United States Soccer Federation.
The contractual status of some of these home based players who played for College sides and/or semiprofessional teams in unclear.



Italy:
Goalkeepers:
1-Walter Zenga (Internazionale Football Club- Milano)   
12-Luca Marchegiani (Torino Calcio 1906)

Defenders/Midfielders/Strikers:
 2-Moreno Mannini (Unione Calcio Sampdoria-Genova)  
3-Alessandro Costacurta (Associazione Calcio Milan)   
4-Riccardo Ferri (Internazionale Football Club- Milano)   
5-Paolo Maldini (Associazione Calcio Milan)    
6-Franco Baresi (captain) (Associazione Calcio Milan)  
7-Amedeo Carboni (Associazione Sportiva Roma)   
8-Alessandro Bianchi (Internazionale Football Club- Milano) 
9-Attilio Lombardo (Unione Calcio Sampdoria-Genova) 
10-Luca Fusi (Torino Calcio 1906)
11-Giorgio Venturin (Torino Calcio 1906)
13-Roberto Donadoni (Associazione Calcio Milan)    
14-Roberto Galia (Juventus Football Club-Torino) 
15-Alberto Di Chiara (Associazione Calcio Parma)
16-Giuseppe Signori (Foggia Calcio) 
17-Roberto Baggio (Juventus Football Club-Torino)
18-Roberto Mancini (Unione Calcio Sampdoria-Genova)  
19-Pierluigi Casiraghi (Juventus Football Club-Torino)
20-Gianluca Vialli (Unione Calcio Sampdoria-Genova)  

Coach: Arrigo Sacchi
Note: For the match against Portugal, Roberto Baggio wore number 17 and Gianluca Vialli was number 20, however, in the match vs. USA, Baggio wore number 20 and Vialli wore number 17.


Portugal:
Goalkeepers:
1-Vitor Manuel Martins Baia (Futebol Clube do Porto) 
12-Adelino Augusto Barros Neno (Sport Lisboa e Benfica)  

Defenders/Midfielders/Strikers:
2-Fernando Manuel Silva Couto (Futebol Clube do Porto)
3-Jorge Paulo Cadete Santos Reis (Sporting Clube de Portugal-Lisboa) 
4-Paulo Manuel Banha Torres (Sporting Clube de Portugal-Lisboa) 
5-Paulo Jorge Ferreira de Sousa (Boavista Futebol Clube- Porto)
6-José Orlando Vinha Rocha Semedo (Futebol Clube do Porto)
7-José Martins Leal (Sporting Clube de Portugal-Lisboa)
8-Jaime Fernandes Magalhaes (Futebol Clube do Porto)
9-Joao Manuel Vieira Pinto (Boavista Futebol Clube- Porto)  
10-Paulo Sérgio Braga Madeira (Sport Lisboa e Benfica)  
11-Jorge Antonio Pinto do Couto (Futebol Clube do Porto)
13- Luis Filipe Madeira Caeiro Figo (Sporting Clube de Portugal-Lisboa) 
14- ‘Filipe’ Manuel Esteves Ramos (Sporting Clube de Portugal-Lisboa)
15-João Domingos Silva Pinto (captain) (Futebol Clube do Porto) 
16-Rui Filipe Tavares Bastos (Futebol Clube do Porto)
17-Emilio Manuel Delgado Peixe (Sporting Clube de Portugal-Lisboa)
18-Vitor Manuel da Costa Araujo ‘Paneira’ (Sport Lisboa e Benfica)  
19-Samuel Antonio Silva Tavares Quina (Boavista Futebol Clube- Porto)
20-Domingos Jose Paciencia Oliveira (Futebol Clube do Porto)


Coach: Carlos Manuel Brito Leal Queiroz       


Republic of Ireland:
Goalkeepers:
1-Patrick ‘Paddy’ Bonner (Celtic Football Club- Glasgow / Scotland)
16-Gerry Peyton (Everton Football Club-Liverpool / England) 

Defenders/Midfielders/Strikers:
2-Joseph Dennis Irwin (Manchester United Football Club / England)   
3-Stephen Staunton (Aston Villa Football Club-Birmingham / England)   
4-David Anthony O'Leary (Arsenal Football Club-London / England)
5-Paul McGrath  (Aston Villa Football Club-Birmingham / England)   
6-Andrew David Townsend  (Chelsea Football Club-London / England)
7-Roy Maurice Keane (Nottingham Forest Football Club / England)
8-Raymond James Houghton (Liverpool Football Club / England)   
9-Niall John Quinn (Manchester City Football Club / England)
10-John William Aldridge (Tranmere Rovers Football Club / England)  
11-Kevin Mark Sheedy (Everton Football Club-Liverpool / England)
12-Michael Joseph  ‘Mick’ McCarthy (captain) (Millwall Football Club-London / England)  
13-Thomas Coyne (Celtic Football Club- Glasgow / Scotland)
14-Kevin Bernard Moran  (Blackburn Rovers Football Club / England)
15-Alan Francis McLoughlin (Portsmouth Football Club / England)
17-Edward John Paul ‘Eddie’ McGoldrick (Crystal Palace Football Club-London / England) 
18-Christopher Barry Morris (Celtic Football Club- Glasgow / Scotland)
19-David Thomas Kelly (Newcastle United Football Club / England)
20-Terence Michael Phelan (Wimbledon Football Club-London / England)

Coach: John ‘Jack’ Charlton (England)



’US Cup 1992’ Matches:


Date: May 30, 1992
Competition: US Cup 1992
Result: USA 3-Republic of Ireland 1
Venue: Washington, DC-Robert F. Kennedy Stadium
Attendance: 35,696
Referee:  Mike Seifert (Canada)
Goalscorers:
(USA): Marcelo Balboa 54, Tab Ramos 70, John Harkes 87
(Republic of Ireland): Mick McCarthy 53
Lineups:
USA:
1-Tony Meola
20- Paul Caligiuri (Sport-Club Freiburg e.V. / Germany)
17-Marcelo Balboa (Colorado Foxes)
3-John Doyle
5- Thomas Dooley (1.Fußball-Club e.V. Kaiserslautern / Germany) 
14-Brian Quinn
6-John Harkes (Sheffield Wednesday Football Club / England)
9-Tab Ramos (Figueres / Spain) (2-Janusz Michallik 79th)
4-Bruce Murray (19-Chris Henderson (Seattle Storm) 46th) (21-Fernando Clavijo 59th)
7-Hugo Pérez (12-Earnie Stewart (Willem II Tilburg / Holland) 55th)
10-Peter Vermes (Figueres / Spain) (22-Roy Wegerle (Blackburn Rovers Football Club / England) 46th)

Coach:  Velibor ‘Bora’ Milutinovic (Yugoslavia)
Booked: Marcelo Balboa 87
Other Substitutes:
8-Dominic Kinnear (San Francisco Bay Blackhawks)
13-Mark Chung (University of South Florida)
15-Desmond Armstrong
18-Kasey Keller (Millwall Football Club-London / England)

Team Captain: Tony Meola
Official Kit Supplier/Designer: Adidas
Uniform Colors: White Shirts, White Shorts, White Socks

Republic of Ireland:  
16-Gerry Peyton (Everton Football Club-Liverpool / England) 
18-Christopher Barry Morris (Celtic Football Club- Glasgow / Scotland) (2-Joseph Dennis Irwin (Manchester United Football Club / England)  78th)
12-Michael Joseph  ‘Mick’ McCarthy  (Millwall Football Club-London / England)  
14-Kevin Bernard Moran  (Blackburn Rovers Football Club / England)
20-Terence Michael Phelan (Wimbledon Football Club-London / England)
8-Raymond James Houghton (Liverpool Football Club / England)   
7-Roy Maurice Keane (Nottingham Forest Football Club / England) (15-Alan Francis McLoughlin (Portsmouth Football Club / England) 80th)
5-Paul McGrath  (Aston Villa Football Club-Birmingham / England)   
6-Andrew David Townsend  (Chelsea Football Club-London / England)
3-Stephen Staunton (Aston Villa Football Club-Birmingham / England)   (13-Thomas Coyne (Celtic Football Club- Glasgow / Scotland) 60th)
9-Niall John Quinn (Manchester City Football Club / England)

Coach: John ‘Jack’ Charlton (England)
Booked: Niall Quinn 30, Terry Phelan 53

Team Captain: Mick McCarthy
Official Kit Supplier/Designer: Adidas

Uniform Colors: Green Shirts, White Shorts, Green Socks




Date: May 31, 1992
Competition: US Cup 1992
Result: Italy 0-Portugal 0
Venue: New Haven, Conencticut-Yale Bowl, USA 
Attendance: 40,000
Referee: Raúl Domínguez (USA)
Goalscorers:
(Italy): None
(Portugal): None
Lineups:
Italy:
1-Walter Zenga (Internazionale Football Club- Milano)   
2-Moreno Mannini (Unione Calcio Sampdoria-Genova)  
5-Paolo Maldini (Associazione Calcio Milan)    
10-Luca Fusi (Torino Calcio 1906)          (14-Roberto Galia (Juventus Football Club-Torino) 77th)
3-Alessandro Costacurta (Associazione Calcio Milan)   
6-Franco Baresi  (Associazione Calcio Milan)   
8-Alessandro Bianchi (Internazionale Football Club- Milano)   (16-Giuseppe Signori (Foggia Calcio) 81st)
13-Roberto Donadoni (Associazione Calcio Milan)    
20-Gianluca Vialli (Unione Calcio Sampdoria-Genova)  
17-Roberto Baggio (Juventus Football Club-Torino) (19-Pierluigi Casiraghi (Juventus Football Club-Torino) 71st)
15-Alberto Di Chiara (Associazione Calcio Parma) (9-Attilio Lombardo (Unione Calcio Sampdoria-Genova) 34th)

Coach: Arrigo Sacchi
Booked: Luca Fusi 21, Alessandro Costacurta 55, Roberto Donadoni 72
Sent Off:  Roberto Donadoni 84
Other Substitutes: 
12-Luca Marchegiani (Torino Calcio 1906)
4-Riccardo Ferri (Internazionale Football Club- Milano)   
7-Amedeo Carboni (Associazione Sportiva Roma)  
11-Giorgio Venturin (Torino Calcio 1906)
18-Roberto Mancini (Unione Calcio Sampdoria-Genova)  

Team Captain: Franco Baresi
Official Kit Supplier/Designer: Diadora
Uniform Colors: Blue Shirts, White Shorts, Blue Socks


Portugal:
1-Vitor Manuel Martins Baia (Futebol Clube do Porto) 
15-João Domingos Silva Pinto   (Futebol Clube do Porto) 
7-José Martins Leal (Sporting Clube de Portugal-Lisboa)
2-Fernando Manuel Silva Couto (Futebol Clube do Porto) (19-Samuel Antonio Silva Tavares Quina (Boavista Futebol Clube- Porto) 38th)
10-Paulo Sérgio Braga Madeira (Sport Lisboa e Benfica)  
17-Emilio Manuel Delgado Peixe (Sporting Clube de Portugal-Lisboa) (6-José Orlando Vinha Rocha Semedo (Futebol Clube do Porto) 81st)
18-Vitor Manuel da Costa Araujo ‘Paneira’ (Sport Lisboa e Benfica)   (8-Jaime Fernandes Magalhaes (Futebol Clube do Porto) 46th)
16-Rui Filipe Tavares Bastos (Futebol Clube do Porto)
3-Jorge Paulo Cadete Santos Reis (Sporting Clube de Portugal-Lisboa)  (20-Domingos Jose Paciencia Oliveira (Futebol Clube do Porto) 81st)
13- Luis Filipe Madeira Caeiro Figo (Sporting Clube de Portugal-Lisboa)  (‘Filipe’ Manuel Esteves Ramos (Sporting Clube de Portugal-Lisboa) 87th)
9-Joao Manuel Vieira Pinto (Boavista Futebol Clube- Porto)  

Coach: Carlos Manuel Brito Leal Queiroz       
Booked: Joao Manuel Vieira Pinto 44 or 84
Sent Off:  José Martins Leal 85
Other Substitutes: 
12-Adelino Augusto Barros Neno (Sport Lisboa e Benfica)  
5-Paulo Jorge Ferreira de Sousa (Boavista Futebol Clube- Porto)
4-Paulo Manuel Banha Torres (Sporting Clube de Portugal-Lisboa) 
11-Jorge Antonio Pinto do Couto (Futebol Clube do Porto)

Team Captain: João Domingos Silva Pinto  
Official Kit Supplier/Designer: Adidas
Uniform Colors: Red Shirts, Green Shorts, Red Socks


Date: June 3, 1992
Competition: US Cup 1992
Result: USA 1-Portugal 0 
Venue: Chicago, Illinois- Soldier Field
Attendance: 10,402
Referee: Angelo Amndolia (Italy) (Note: some soiurces show Miguel Salas (Mexico))
Goalscorers:
(USA): Roy Wegerle 35
(Portugal): None
Lineups:
USA:
1-Tony Meola
20-Paul Caligiuri (Sport-Club Freiburg e.V. / Germany) (21-Fernando Clavijo 61st)
17-Marcelo Balboa (Colorado Foxes)
3-John Doyle
5-Thomas Dooley (1.Fußball-Club e.V. Kaiserslautern / Germany) 
14-Brian Quinn
9-Tab Ramos (Figueres / Spain)
6-John Harkes (Sheffield Wednesday Football Club / England) (2-Janusz Michallik 78th)
4-Bruce Murray (19- Chris Henderson (Seattle Storm) 46th)
7-Hugo Pérez (12- Earnie Stewart (Willem II Tilburg / Holland) 68th)
22-Roy Wegerle (Blackburn Rovers Football Club / England)

Coach:  Velibor ‘Bora’ Milutinovic (Yugoslavia)
Booked: Ernie Stewart 69

Team Captain: Tony Meola
Official Kit Supplier/Designer: Adidas
Uniform Colors: White Shirts, White Shorts, White Socks

Portugal:
12-Adelino Augusto Barros Neno (Sport Lisboa e Benfica) 
10- Paulo Sérgio Braga Madeira (Sport Lisboa e Benfica) 
4-Paulo Manuel Banha Torres (Sporting Clube de Portugal-Lisboa) (16-Rui Filipe Tavares Bastos (Futebol Clube do Porto) 34th)
15-João Domingos Silva Pinto   (Futebol Clube do Porto)
2-Fernando Manuel Silva Couto (Futebol Clube do Porto)
6-José Orlando Vinha Rocha Semedo (Futebol Clube do Porto)
8-Jaime Fernandes Magalhaes (Futebol Clube do Porto) (3-Jorge Paulo Cadete Santos Reis (Sporting Clube de Portugal-Lisboa) 46th)
13-Luis Filipe Madeira Caeiro Figo (Sporting Clube de Portugal-Lisboa) (5-Paulo Jorge Ferreira de Sousa (Boavista Futebol Clube- Porto) 81st)
17-Emilio Manuel Delgado Peixe (Sporting Clube de Portugal-Lisboa)
9-Joao Manuel Vieira Pinto (Boavista Futebol Clube- Porto)  (18-Vitor Manuel da Costa Araujo ‘Paneira’ (Sport Lisboa e Benfica) 46th)  
20-Domingos Jose Paciencia Oliveira (Futebol Clube do Porto) (11-Jorge Antonio Pinto do Couto (Futebol Clube do Porto) 77th)

Coach: Carlos Manuel Brito Leal Queiroz      
Booked: Emilio Peixe 55
Sent off: Emilio Peixe 68

Team Captain: João Domingos Silva Pinto  
Official Kit Supplier/Designer: Adidas
Uniform Colors: Red Shirts, Green Shorts, Red Socks



Date: June 4, 1992
Competition: US Cup 1992
Result: Italy 2-Republic of Ireland 0
Venue: Boston, Massachusetts-Foxboro Stadium, USA   
Attendance: 40,000
Referee: Jack D'Aquila (USA)
Goalscorers:
(Italy): Giuseppe Signori 17, Alessandro Costacurta 67 pen
(Republic of Ireland): None
Lineups:
Italy:
1-Walter Zenga (Internazionale Football Club- Milano)   
5-Paolo Maldini (Associazione Calcio Milan)    
7-Amedeo Carboni (Associazione Sportiva Roma)  (2-Moreno Mannini (Unione Calcio Sampdoria-Genova)  51st)
10-Luca Fusi (Torino Calcio 1906) (11-Giorgio Venturin (Torino Calcio 1906) 46th)
3-Alessandro Costacurta (Associazione Calcio Milan)   
6-Franco Baresi  (Associazione Calcio Milan)    (4-Riccardo Ferri (Internazionale Football Club- Milano) 77th)
8-Alessandro Bianchi (Internazionale Football Club- Milano)    (9-Attilio Lombardo (Unione Calcio Sampdoria-Genova) 73rd)
14-Roberto Galia (Juventus Football Club-Torino)
19-Pierluigi Casiraghi (Juventus Football Club-Torino)
18-Roberto Mancini (Unione Calcio Sampdoria-Genova) (20-Gianluca Vialli (Unione Calcio Sampdoria-Genova) 81st)
16-Giuseppe Signori (Foggia Calcio)

Coach: Arrigo Sacchi
Booked: Roberto Galia 19, Alessandro Costacurta 74
Other Substitutes: 
12-Luca Marchegiani (Torino Calcio 1906)
17-Roberto Baggio (Juventus Football Club-Torino) 

Team Captain: Franco Baresi
Official Kit Supplier/Designer: Diadora
Uniform Colors: White Shirts, Blue Shorts, White Socks


Republic of Ireland:
1-Patrick ‘Paddy’ Bonner (Celtic Football Club- Glasgow / Scotland)
2-Joseph Dennis Irwin (Manchester United Football Club / England)   (16-Gerry Peyton (Everton Football Club-Liverpool / England)  64th)
12-Michael Joseph  ‘Mick’ McCarthy  (Millwall Football Club-London / England)   (15-Alan Francis McLoughlin(Portsmouth Football Club / England) 46th)
4-David Anthony O'Leary (Arsenal Football Club-London / England)
3-Stephen Staunton (Aston Villa Football Club-Birmingham / England)   
17-Edward John Paul ‘Eddie’ McGoldrick (Crystal Palace Football Club-London / England)  (20-Terence Michael Phelan (Wimbledon Football Club-London / England) 80th)
5-Paul McGrath  (Aston Villa Football Club-Birmingham / England)   
6-Andrew David Townsend  (Chelsea Football Club-London / England)
8-Raymond James Houghton (Liverpool Football Club / England)  
9-Niall John Quinn (Manchester City Football Club / England)(13-Thomas Coyne (Celtic Football Club- Glasgow / Scotland)72nd)
10-John William Aldridge (Tranmere Rovers Football Club / England)  (19-David Thomas Kelly (Newcastle United Football Club / England) 78th)

Coach: John ‘Jack’ Charlton (England)
Booked: Paul Mc Grath 38, Mick Mc Carthy 42
Sent Off: Packie Bonner 64
Other Substitutes: 
7-Roy Maurice Keane (Nottingham Forest Football Club / England)
14-Kevin Bernard Moran  (Blackburn Rovers Football Club / England)
18-Christopher Barry Morris (Celtic Football Club- Glasgow / Scotland)
11- Kevin Mark Sheedy (Everton Football Club-Liverpool / England)

Team Captain: Mick McCarthy (Paul McGrah assumed captaincy at 46th minute.)
Official Kit Supplier/Designer: Adidas
Uniform Colors: Green Shirts, Green Shorts, Green Socks



Date: June 6, 1992
Competition: US Cup 1992
Result: USA 1-Italy 1
Venue: Chicago, Illinois- Soldier Field
Attendance: 20,000
Referee: José Luis González Vargas (Costa Rica)
Goalscorers:
(USA): John Harkes 23
(Italy): John Roberto Baggio 2
Lineups:
USA:
1- Tony Meola
20-Paul Caligiuri (Sport-Club Freiburg e.V. / Germany)
17-Marcelo Balboa (Colorado Foxes)
3-John Doyle
5-Thomas Dooley (1.Fußball-Club e.V. Kaiserslautern / Germany) 
14-Brian Quinn
9-Tab Ramos (Figueres / Spain) (2-Janusz Michallik 86th)
6-John Harkes (Sheffield Wednesday Football Club / England)
4-Bruce Murray (21-Fernando Clavijo 46th)
22- Roy Wegerle (Blackburn Rovers Football Club / England)
7-Hugo Pérez (12- Earnie Stewart (Willem II Tilburg / Holland) 75th)

Coach:  Velibor ‘Bora’ Milutinovic (Yugoslavia)
Booked: Brian Quinn 55
Other
Substitutes: 
18- Kasey Keller (Millwall Football Club-London / England)
8-Dominic Kinnear (San Francisco Bay Blackhawks)
10-Peter Vermes (Figueres / Spain)    
11- Zak Ibsen (UCLA (University of California Los Angeles))
15-Desmond Armstrong
13- Mark Chung (University of South Florida)
19-Chris Henderson (Seattle Storm)

Team Captain: Tony Meola
Official Kit Supplier/Designer: Adidas
Uniform Colors: White Shirts, White Shorts, White Socks

Italy:
12-Luca Marchegiani (Torino Calcio 1906)
2-Moreno Mannini (Unione Calcio Sampdoria-Genova)  
5-Paolo Maldini (Associazione Calcio Milan)    
14-Roberto Galia (Juventus Football Club-Torino)   (10-Luca Fusi (Torino Calcio 1906) 65th)
4-Riccardo Ferri (Internazionale Football Club- Milano)  (15-Alberto Di Chiara (Associazione Calcio Parma) 46th)
6-Franco Baresi  (Associazione Calcio Milan)   
8-Alessandro Bianchi (Internazionale Football Club- Milano) (9-Attilio Lombardo (Unione Calcio Sampdoria-Genova) 74th)
Roberto Donadoni (Associazione Calcio Milan)          
19-Pierluigi Casiraghi (Juventus Football Club-Torino)
20-Roberto Baggio (Juventus Football Club-Torino) (17-Gianluca Vialli (Unione Calcio Sampdoria-Genova) 74th)
16-Giuseppe Signori (Foggia Calcio)

Coach: Arrigo Sacchi
Booked: Pierluigi Casiraghi 60
Other
Substitutes: 
1-Walter Zenga (Internazionale Football Club- Milano)   
7-Amedeo Carboni (Associazione Sportiva Roma)  
11-Giorgio Venturin (Torino Calcio 1906)  
18-Roberto Mancini (Unione Calcio Sampdoria-Genova)  

Team Captain: Franco Baresi
Official Kit Supplier/Designer: Diadora
Uniform Colors: Blue Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue Socks



Date: June 7, 1992
Competition: US Cup 1992
Result: Republic of Ireland 2-Portugal 0
Venue: Boston, Massachusetts-Foxboro Stadium, USA   
Attendance: 41,227
Referee: Helder Dias (USA)
Goalscorers:
(Republic of Ireland): Steve Staunton 39, Tommy Coyne 90
(Portugal): None
Lineups:
Republic of Ireland:
16-Gerry Peyton (Everton Football Club-Liverpool / England) 
18-Christopher Barry Morris (Celtic Football Club- Glasgow / Scotland)
12-Michael Joseph ‘Mick’ McCarthy (captain) (Millwall Football Club-London / England)  
4-David Anthony O'Leary (Arsenal Football Club-London / England)
3-Stephen Staunton (Aston Villa Football Club-Birmingham / England)   
8-Raymond James Houghton (Liverpool Football Club / England)   
5-Paul McGrath  (Aston Villa Football Club-Birmingham / England)   
15-Alan Francis McLoughlin (Portsmouth Football Club / England)
20-Terence Michael Phelan (Wimbledon Football Club-London / England) (17-Edward John Paul ‘Eddie’ McGoldrick (Crystal Palace Football Club-London / England) 90th)
9-Niall John Quinn (Manchester City Football Club / England) (10-John William Aldridge (Tranmere Rovers Football Club / England) 87th)
David Thomas Kelly (Newcastle United Football Club / England) (13-Thomas Coyne (Celtic Football Club- Glasgow / Scotland) 59th)

Coach: John ‘Jack’ Charlton (England)
Booked: Alan Mcloughlin 17, Paul McGrath 48, Chris Morris 73

Portugal:
1-Vitor Manuel Martins Baia (Futebol Clube do Porto)
15-João Domingos Silva Pinto  (Futebol Clube do Porto)
16-Rui Filipe Tavares Bastos (Futebol Clube do Porto)
2- Fernando Manuel Silva Couto (Futebol Clube do Porto)         
19-Samuel Antonio Silva Tavares Quina (Boavista Futebol Clube- Porto)
7-José Martins Leal (Sporting Clube de Portugal-Lisboa) (8-Jaime Fernandes Magalhaes (Futebol Clube do Porto) 71st)
13-Luis Filipe Madeira Caeiro Figo (Sporting Clube de Portugal-Lisboa) (20-Domingos Jose Paciencia Oliveira (Futebol Clube do Porto) 46th)
6-José Orlando Vinha Rocha Semedo (Futebol Clube do Porto) (5-Paulo Jorge Ferreira de Sousa (Boavista Futebol Clube- Porto) 62nd)
18-Vitor Manuel da Costa Araujo ‘Paneira’ (Sport Lisboa e Benfica)  (14- ‘Filipe’ Manuel Esteves Ramos (Sporting Clube de Portugal-Lisboa) 46th)
11-Jorge Antonio Pinto do Couto (Futebol Clube do Porto) (9-Joao Manuel Vieira Pinto (Boavista Futebol Clube- Porto) 46th)
3-Jorge Paulo Cadete Santos Reis (Sporting Clube de Portugal-Lisboa)

Coach: Carlos Manuel Brito Leal Queiroz      
Booked: Rui Filipe Tavares Bastos 61

Team Captain: João Domingos Silva Pinto  
Official Kit Supplier/Designer: Adidas
Uniform Colors:



Final table                                   P     W   D   L  GF  GA  GD     Pts
1- USA                            3     2    1        0    5     2    +3       5
2- Italy                                 3     1    2     0     3     1    +2       4
3- Republic of Ireland          3     1    0     2     3     5    -2       2
4- Portugal                        3     0    1     2    0     3    –3       1

P-Played, W-Win, D-Draw, L-Loss, GF-Goals For, GA-Goals Against, GD-Goal Difference, Pts-Points

Top Goalscorer- John Harkes (USA) 2 goals


References:
Soccer International, Volume 4, Issue 6, June 1993
Guerin Sportivo, Issue 899 (Number 24), June 10-16, 1992-uploaded
Soccer International, Volume 3, Issue 9, September 1992  
Almanaque Seleccao-Edicao do Campeonato Europeu de 2004
Ireland on the Ball, Author: Donal Cullen
The Boys in Green, The FAI International Story, Author: Sean Ryan
Footbnall Association of Ireland-75 years, By Peter Byrne
France Football, Issue 2408, June 2, 1992
France Football, Issue 2409, June 9, 1992 

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