St. Louis Soccer Legend Harry Keough Offers Advice on Beating Brits -- He Oughta Know


Keough in the 1950s.
  • Keough in the 1950s.
It was 60 years ago this year that Harry Keough joined five other St. Louis natives (Frank Borghi, Gino Pariani, Pee Wee Wallace, Bob Annis, and Charley Columbo) in forming the bulk of the United States' 1950 World Cup soccer team.

That 1950 team was the last to face England and -- in one of the most major upsets in World Cup history -- defeated the Brits 1-0. Speaking to this week, the 82-year-old Keough tells this year's team to play tough against the British who, as in 1950, are heavily favored to win Saturday's matchup.

"If the other team scores first, don't get your head down," advises Keough. "Hang in there. Some people think that's terrible to be giving up before you start, but if they score first, it doesn't mean anything. You've still got the whole game."
In 2005 a feature film was made about the 1950 World Cup match between the U.S. and England with several of the scenes shot right here in St. Louis. This Friday the movie Game of Their Lives screens at the Old Post Office Plaza. Details on the even here.

For places to watch the World Cup this weekend -- and throughout the next couple weeks -- check out this post compiled by Daily RFT's official soccer hooligan in training, Keegan Hamilton.


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