Paul Caligiuri Scored On ‘Shot Heard Around The World’ 25 Years Ago (Video)


November 19, 2014

Landon Donovan probably wouldn’t have scored that goal against Algeria in 2010 if Paul Caligiuri didn’t score this one against Trinidad and Tobago in 1989.

Caligiuri scored a monumental goal in U.S. Soccer history 25 years ago Wednesday, as his “Shot Heard Round the World” earned visiting Team USA a 1-0 win over Trinidad and Tobago on Nov. 19, 1989. The victory gave the United States a second-place finish in the 1989 CONCACAF Championship, which secured qualification to the 1990 FIFA World Cup and ended Team USA’s 40-year exile from world soccer’s greatest spectacle.

The U.S. Soccer federation marked the 25th anniversary of Calgiuri’s goal by releasing a highlight package of the historic game.

Calgiuri’s goal, which you also can see below, kicked the U.S. men’s national soccer team into the modern era. The United States was a soccer minnow in 1990, but it has since established itself as a player in the world’s game, having qualified for each of the next six successive World Cups.

Caligiuri helped launch that forward momentum in Port of Spain, Trinidad, with a shimmy and a long drive from 30 yards out.

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