A look back at the Shot Heard Around the World

A look back at the Shot Heard Around the World

U.S. Men's National Team

A look back at the Shot Heard Around the World

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Nearly a quarter-century ago, the U.S. Men’s National Team started a trend of reaching World Cups thanks to a historic goal from Paul Caligiuri.

It was 24 years ago to the day that Caligiuri struck “the Shot Heard Around the World” with his left foot to lift the U.S. to a 1-0 victory over Trinidad & Tobago and clinch a spot in the 1990 World Cup in Italy. The Americans had not played in a World Cup finals since 1950, but Caligiuri ended that embarrassing streak with a blast from distance that will forever remain a part of U.S. Soccer history.

Since that match back on Nov. 19, 1989, the U.S. has not missed out on a single World Cup. The Americans have qualified for seven consecutive tournaments, including next summer’s competition in Brazil.

Here are (some old-fashioned) highlights from that historic game against Trinidad & Tobago:

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How do you look back on Caligiuri’s Shot Heard Around the World from 24 years ago? What are your memories of it or were you too young back then? What is the funniest part of that highlights package?

Share your thoughts below.

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