Frank Borghi, legendary goalkeeper in 1950 US upset of England, passes away at 89

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Frank Borghi, perhaps the man most responsible for one of the most iconic moments in United States Soccer history, passed away Tuesday at age 89.

A hearse driver from St. Louis, Borghi played goalkeeper in the USMNT’s stunning upset of highly-favored England at the 1950 World Cup, which was No. 10 on our list of World Cup moments.

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Borghi won a pair of U.S. Open Cups with St. Louis Simpkins-Ford, and is a member of the United States National Soccer Hall of Fame. He was also a professional baseball player before his time with the USMNT, where he was capped 9 times.

The upset over England became the basis for the movie “Game of Their Lives”, which starred Gerard Butler in the role of Borghi.

It’s unlikely a group of mostly non-professional players will ever boast an upset that massive ever again. points out that 1950 team captain Walter Bahr is the lone living member of the squad.