Neither England nor the US, however, advanced to the next round of the 1950 tournament—which was won by Uruguay. The US did not qualify for another World Cup until 1990. Since that first meeting in 1950, the US has beat England one other time, in a fairly meaningless tournament in 1993—it has lost seven times and drawn once.

The US victory in 1950 received only a muted response back home. Not all of the American players, however, receded into a quiet life after that victory. Gaetjens, who scored the winning goal, returned to Haiti later to coach soccer, but he and his family soon became embroiled in the chaos of the Francois “Papa Doc” Duvalier regime. Under Duvalier, tens of thousands of opposition supporters were killed—including members of Gaetjens’ family, and Gaetjens himself, who was held in a prison notorious for torture, according to the BBC, citing Gaetjens’ son. The exact circumstances of his death remain unclear, but shortly after Duvalier’s death Gaetjens’ wife received confirmation that her husband had been murdered.

Keough, who continued to coach soccer after the 1950 World Cup, died in 2012 (paywall) in St. Louis at the age of 84. He was inducted into the US National Soccer Hall of Fame in 1976, along with other members of the 1950 team. “They didn’t ever dream we could beat them,” he said of the famous upset against England. “Neither did we, for that matter.”

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