World Cup 2014

World Cup Memories: Columbus Crew's Gregg Berhalter recalls best goal you probably never saw

Only 13 days left until the start of the goal rush from the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. There were 145 of them scored in South Africa 2010 and some will be able to remember all of them.

But some are clearly more special than others. Just ask Columbus Crew manager and former US World Cup player Gregg Berhalter, who shares his most memorable moment:


[Brazilian right back] Josimar's goal in the 1986 World Cup. The one that he just hit and smashed it upper corner from long range [vs. Northern Ireland in the group stage]. I was 13 years old and for some reason the magnitude and the precision, distance and power made it really special.

I was watching the game in Buffalo, N.Y., at a soccer tournament [with Union County Soccer Club, which was also Claudio Reyna's team] and just watching it -- it was really incredible.

[Josimar] was having a real good tournament and that World Cup was the first one I really studied. We were watching teams closely and had pretty good familiarity with them.

Josimar was a dynamic, outside back who'd go forward a lot and he kind pioneered that position, getting forward and getting into the attack. He scored two goals that World Cup [the other one vs. Poland in the Round of 16 was just as good -- WATCH it here] and he was fantastic.

He played in Spain and then went back to Brazil after that. That tournament that was his first time really playing [for Brazil] and he came out out of the gate with a great tournament.

What's the World Cup goal that you just can't get out of your head? One that you can watch all day on YouTube? Let us know in the comments below.

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