World Cup 2014

World Cup Memories: There's a reason they call it Goal of the Century – Claudio Reyna explains

How long have we been waiting to say this: We're a week out from the 2014 World Cup. Well, it's here. Seven days away.

And it's about time that the World Cup gave us a goal that rivals the Goal of the Century. Diego Maradona's epic run vs. England happened 28 years ago, but former US legend Claudio Reyna describes it as if it was just scored yesterday:


For me, the greatest World Cup moment has to be in 1986 when Maradona scored the goal against England in the quarterfinals when he essentially dribbled thorugh the whole team.

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I was 13 years old. That was the World Cup that really I remember in terms of watching all the games and rooting from Argentina [where my parents are from]. Seeing it on television live is something I’ll never forget.

He was my hero growing up and I always watched Argentina. By then I had pictures of him on the wall and of the team the Argentine national team as well. There was [Michel] Platini and there was Zico, but Maradona in 1986 was in his prime.

[The goal] was unbelievable. You rarely saw this goal at the highest level: dribbling six players, including the goalkeeper. It's something you see in youth soccer on the weekends, not at the World Cup.

Right in the beginning, he got out of pressure and he unbalanced three players with one movement when he pulled the ball back and took off. From there he just was able to glide by people with his low center of gravity.

The most amazing piece of it all is that after such a long run, he had the composure to beat the goalkeeper as well. Most players get in front of the goalie and the reaction is to have a go and have a shot. For him, to faked a shot and essentially freeze the goalie with his last move and place it in -- that was the icing on the cake. The fact that he also beat the goalkeeper made it unbelievable.

What was your favorite part of the Goal of the Century? The pullback? The cut through two defenders? The dribble move past the goalkeeper? The finish?

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