England played a leisurely game of soccer to defeat Team America by three goals to one in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.
England played a leisurely game of soccer to defeat Team America by three goals to one in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A. on Monday (31 May).
The game - the last of three to be played between the two teams in the United States Bicentennial Soccer Cup - was never out of England's control. Despite the fact that the American team included such legendary names as Pele, from Brazil, Bobby Moore of England and Giorgio Chinaglia from Italy.
America's team looked like a Who's Who of international soccer, but the English victory proved the tremendous benefit of being a team which has played together for years.
Two of England's goals were scored by Kevin Keegan, who regularly plays for first division side Liverpool, and the third came from Queen's Park Rangers mid-fielder Gerry Francis. The Team America goal was scored by Scotsman Stewart Scullion.
SYNOPSIS: England, in light shirts, kicked off at the start of their third and final game against Team America. They'd won the two previous games without America scoring. Early in the first half a free kick came England's way, and Liverpool's Kevin Keegan showed his regular form by slamming the ball well into the net.
America were right back into the game, led by the legendary Brazilian player Pele - number ten. Pele's free kick is stopped by Ray Clemency. England's defence consistently proved too strong for Team America, which had only been playing together for seven weeks before the game.
America's defence, made up mainly of their own local players, proved no match for Keegan .. he scores his second goal.
Team America kick off in the second half, and immediately move into the attack.
But England are also on the offensive, and the third goal comes from mid-fielder Gerry Francis.
America's only goal came from Stewart Scullion, with just three minutes to go before the final whistle. It was a great crowd-pleaser, and boosted the morale of the growing number of Americans who want to see their country enter big-league world soccer competition.