The new-style United States national soccer team, now being reshaped under European coach Dettmar Cramer, showed their paces last week with a creditable performance against Mexico.
GTV Mexico (in white shorts, playing right to left) defending in goal-mouth, ball hooked away.
GV Scoreboard, showing points for shots, saves, fouls and offsides
GV Mexico win ball and score with long-shot
GV caption GOAL!
SCU US soccer coach
GV Game in progress
SV Coach interviewed
GV US attacking ball cleared
QUESTION: Why do you think the United States has lagged so far behind, coach?
CRAMER: Because of the competition. You have so many great sports, such as American football, and baseball and basketball. And very naturally, boys are looking out for idols and heroes, and so far you haven't got heroes in soccer. So we must create a successful national team and a successful Olympic team too to make up heroes.
Green and white clad Mexico has been the big fish in North American soccer for decades. The United States rarely caused even ripples. But when the teams met recently, the newly organised American team played surprisingly well, holding a one goal lead for sixty-five minutes before losing three-one in Mexico. And winning the statistical war, only to lose one-nothing on this scrambled goal on the return match in Dallas. International soccer tutor Dettmar Cramer, hired at fifty-five thousand dollars a year to coach the U.S. National team, is both realistic and confident.
All U.S. team members also play in the North American soccer league, and many hope to be the backbone of an eventual World Cup challenge in '78 or '82. But for now, at least one other nation in North America realises that, in soccer, the United States can no longer be taken for granted. This is Norm Hitzges.
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Background: The new-style United States national soccer team, now being reshaped under European coach Dettmar Cramer, showed their paces last week with a creditable performance against Mexico.
Mexico finally ran out winners by a narrow 1-0 margin. But Cramer saw plenty of signs of encouragement as he builds up United States soccer strength ready to mount challenges in the 1978 and 1982 world cups. He's been hired, at a fee of fifty-five thousand dollars a year with the specific object of bringing to the U.S. success on an international scale.
Coverage includes a commentary by TVN reporter Norm Hitzges, transcribed with an on-camera introduction overpage, and an interview with Cramer:
SYNOPSIS: The United States has the eye of European coach, Dettmar Cramer. Last week, the new-look side took on Mexico in Texas. A report from the match: