June 17, 1989 – U.S. 2:1 Guatemala. World Cup Qualifier at Veterans Stadium, New Britain, Conn. (Att.: 10,500)
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Bruce Murray opened the scoring, finishing a John Harkes cross in the third minute. After Raul Chacon’s 22nd-minute equalizer, Eric Eichmann converted the 67th-minute decider off a Tab Ramos corner.
The result helped the U.S. rally to qualify for the 1990 World Cup in Italy. David Vanole, who would go on to become a Revolution goalkeeper coach, started a 428-minute U.S. qualifying shutout streak that concluded with a 1-0 victory over Trinidad & Tobago Nov. 19, 1989.
Murray would go on to become a Harvard assistant coach and Harkes played for the Revolution.
On the day of the qualifier, Ramos’ Miami Sharks team was losing, 2-0, to the Boston Bolts in an ASL match before a 3,700 crowd at Nickerson Field.
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