About 1994 World Cup
In 1988, American soccer fans rejoiced when the United States was chosen to host the 15th annual FIFA World Cup. The 1994 World Cup, held from June 17 to July 17, drew the highest attendance in the tournament's 64-year history, with about 69,000 spectators per game. With more than 3.6 million attendees at 52 matches in nine host cities, the 1994 tournament attendance record stands to date, even after the 1998 expansion to 64 matches played by 32 teams. The U.S. team played Brazil in the second round, losing 1-0 in a well-played match. Brazil met Italy in the final, held at the Rose Bowl. The tense scoreless match was decided by a penalty shootout, ending 3-2 in favor of Brazil. Italy's injured striker Roberto Baggio, the team's cornerstone, missed his penalty kick when it sailed over the crossbar. The 1994 World Cup was held in NFL stadiums in cities such as Orlando, Dallas, and Chicago. The only college stadiums were in California, at Stanford Stadium and UCLA's home Rose Bowl. Look for a memento on eBay from reliable sellers, such as a 1994 World Cup jersey from star players such as midfielder Cobi Jones, a former UCLA Bruin. A 1994 World Cup poster is a striking addition to any wall, with panoramic views of the stadiums or a vibrant depiction by pop artist Peter Max.