USA caused a real hit in Brazil 1950
The United States gave the bell by beating England by 1-0 Brazil's World 1950. The American team was composed of players from all places in the world, who they did not know each other until a few days before the World Cup start. To give you an idea, The winning goal was the work of Haitian Getjens, that later he would play in France.
The English who reached their first participation in a World Cup. Before they had refused to participate, considering themselves superior for having invented the game. The English brought Brazil with a generation of global soccer figures like Sir Stanley Matthews and were surprised by a team of semi-professionals and fans.. The US goalkeeper, Franck Borghi, he was a hearse driver, the scorer, the haitian, a dishwasher in a Brooklyn restaurant where he worked to pay for his studies.
Obviously the regulations and the means were not the same as today, thus facilitating these cases. The Americans, as if from the movie “Escape to Victory” it will be, they were recruiting players. Like in the phenomenal movie where the team's goalkeeper was Sylvester Stallone and the star Pelé, the americans showed up to play with; an italian goalkeeper; a Belgian defender; a Briton and a Haitian among many others. Shortly after, FIFA even considered canceling that result when France Football discovered all this situation.
That match was defined as the miracle of Belo Horizonte, by the place where the game was played, well in the usa, soccer was restricted to ghettos and universities. USA lost to Spain (as we have in another article) and the bets before playing against England were of 500 -1. Hence the machado made by the US with a team formed from nothing. He lost his other game against Chile and left the World Cup with a single but resounding victory, very american movie style. After that, USA did not play a World Cup again until Italy 1990.