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Throwback Thursday: Looking Back At USMNT’s Win In 1994 World Cup

#TBT: Looking Back At the USMNT's World Cup Win In 1994

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They say that 1994 was the year that soccer really started to take off in the United States. The good ol' US of A hosted the World Cup in 1994, and ultimately proved worthy of doing so. It didn't hurt matters that the US won a game, either.

Here are 10 TBT photos in honor of the USMNT's win over Colombia in 1994:

1. Throwback Alexi Lalas

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1. Throwback Alexi Lalas

USA V COLOMBIA

He doesn't have quite as much hair these days, but you can still see him talking soccer on ESPN throughout the 2014 World Cup.

2. Marcelo Balboa Rocking a Sweet Stache/Hair Combo

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2. Marcelo Balboa Rocking a Sweet Stache/Hair Combo

USA V COLOMBIA

The 80s weren't that far in the rearview mirror back in the 1994 WC. Obviously, Balboa hadn't yet to adapted a new look.

3. USA Coach Velibor Milutinovic Saluting the Crowd

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3. USA Coach Velibor Milutinovic Saluting the Crowd

USA V COLOMBIA

You can only imagine how good it must feel to get a WC win. Especially given the state of US Soccer in 1994.

4. Balboa Draped In Old Glory

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4. Balboa Draped In Old Glory

USA V COLOMBIA

This might be the best photo in US Soccer history. Mullet, mustache and old glory all wrapped into one.

5. Goalkeeper Tony Meola Celebrating

USA V COLOMBIA
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5. Goalkeeper Tony Meola Celebrating

USA V COLOMBIA

The US won its match against Colombia thanks in large part to Meola only allowing one goal.

6. Thomas Dooley Taking a Victory Lap

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6. Thomas Dooley Taking a Victory Lap

USA V COLOMBIA

Winning a WC match = great feeling. Winning one on your home turf = even better.

7. Lalas Pursuing Faustino Asprilla

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7. Lalas Pursuing Faustino Asprilla

USA V COLOMBIA

This was the 15th match in the first stage of the 1994 World Cup Finals.

8. Fernando Clavijo Overcome With Joy

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8. Fernando Clavijo Overcome With Joy

USA V COLOMBIA

Here's another great shot of a player just oozing joy.

9. Celebration After Own Goal

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9. Celebration After Own Goal

USA V COLOMBIA

Andres Escobar of Columbia scored an own goal to give the USA the lead. He was tragically killed 10 days later.

10. Tony Meola and John Harkes

USA V COLOMBIA
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10. Tony Meola and John Harkes

USA V COLOMBIA

What else can you say? The 1994 World Cup was awesome.