Friday, June 11, 2010
RUSTENBURG, South Africa — When they emerged victorious the last time, they wound up calling it "The Game of Their Lives."
Once-unknown players have spent a lifetime reliving memories of that unexpected night in Belo Horizonte, when the United States rose up and defeated mighty England in the World Cup.
Sixty years removed and 4,449 miles from that stadium in Brazil, the nations finally meet again Saturday in a game that matters, a rematch in this year's World Cup opener for both teams.
Once again, England is stocked with the talented and the wealthy, carrying the hopes of long-suffering supporters who still believe even though 44 years have passed since the Three Lions' last and only World Cup title.