One of my favorite duties as host of "MLS Wrap" is writing our weekly trivia question.
I've always loved the type of minutia and factoids that naturally collect around sports and pop culture both useful and useless. So much so in fact that it seems as though there is hardly room to remember anything else.
No worries knowing that The Vapors sang "Turning Japanese" and that Poland finished third at the 1982 World Cup is a lot more fun.
Enough justification here now is my first annual American Soccer Quiz.
Anything above 30 correct answers is very impressive; above 35 is downright amazing.
1. Who is the only person to have played in MLS the NASL and been capped by the U.S.?
2. Who is the only goalkeeper to be named MLS Cup MVP?
3. Who was the first draft pick in MLS history?
4. Who is the youngest male ever capped by the U.S. at the senior level?
5. Who is the all-time leader in goals scored for the U.S. in World Cup Qualification?
6. Who was the first head coach hired by an MLS club?
7. Who is the only player to record a hat trick for the U.S. in a World Cup match?
8. What club won the final NASL Championship?
9. What was the nickname of Kansas City's NASL club?
10. Who is the only player to have appeared in every match for the U.S. at the 1988 Olympics and 1990 and 1994 World Cup?
11. Who scored the only goal in America's 1-0 victory versus England at the 1950 World Cup?
12. Who is the only two-time MLS MVP?
13. Who recorded the first shut-out in MLS history?
14. What club did DC United defeat to win the 1998 Inter-American Cup?
15. What is the only non-MLS club to win the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup since MLS began in 1996?
16. Who did the U.S. defeat in the Final of the inaugural Women's world Cup in 1991?
17. What stadium hosted the largest crowd in MLS history?
18. Who holds the record for most combined MLS regular season and post-season goals in a year?
19. In what city is the National Soccer hall of Fame Located?
20. Who served as the only full-time player/head coach in MLS history?
21. Who was the U.S. head coach at World Cup 1990?
22. Who did the U.S. defeat to win the inaugural CONCACAF Gold Cup in 1991?
23. What is the record for most goals scored by the U.S. in match?
24. Who was the first commissioner of MLS?
25. Who has recorded the most career regular season assists in MLS history?
26. What is the name of the award annually given to the top male and female college player in the United States?
27. What stadium hosted the inaugural MLS Cup in 1996?
28. What is the name of the trophy given to the winner of the MLS Cup?
29. Who is the youngest goalkeeper to appear in an MLS match?
30. What was the only indoor venue at World Cup 1994?
31. What player has won the most MLS Cups?
32. Who is the only two-time MLS Goalkeeper of the Year?
33. Who was the first player signed by MLS?
34. Who recorded the first hat trick in MLS history?
35. Who scored the first playoff goal in MLS history?
36. In what competition did the U.S. record their only victory versus Brazil?
37. Who recorded the first multi-goal performance in an MLS Cup?
38. What two players have combined for the most career goals by brothers in MLS history?
39. What is the record for most goals scored in an MLS match?
40. Who is the only non-American player to win MLS Defender of the Year?
Bonus: What does CONCACAF stand for?
So? How did you do? Check the ANSWERS by scrolling down to the bottom of this page!
Take a look at the answers and see how much of an American soccer fan you really are...
1. Ex-Colorado Rapids player Roy Wegerle: 3 seasons in MLS 1 season in the NASL and 41 caps for the U.S.
2. Tony Meola Kansas City Wizards MLS Cup 2000
3. Brian McBride by the Columbus Crew
4. Mike Slivinski age 16 years 10 months September 14 1991
5. Earnie Stewart 9 goals
6. Ron Newman by the Kansas City Wiz October 11 1995
7. Bert Patenaude U.S. versus Paraguay July 17 1930
8. Chicago Sting in 1984
9. Kansas City Spurs
10. Paul Caligiuri
11. Joe Gaetjens
12. Preki 1997 and 2003
13. Tom Liner San Jose Clash April 6 1996
14. Vasco da Gama of Brazil
15. Rochester Raging Rhinos of the A-League 1999
17. The Rose Bowl in Pasadena California with a crowd of 92216 July 16 1996
18. Roy Lassiter Tampa Bay Mutiny with 33 goals (27 regular season and 6 post-season)
19. Oneonta New York
20. Walter Zenga New England Revolution 1999
21. Bob Gansler
23. 8 goals versus Cayman Islands November 14 1993
24. Doug Logan
25. Ex-Rapids player Carlos Valdrerrama 114 assists
26. Missouri Athletic Club's Hermann Trophy
27. Foxboro Stadium Foxboro Massachusetts
28. Alan I. Rothenberg Trophy
29. Tim Howard for the MetroStars age 19 years 6 months August 18 1998
30. Pontiac Silverdome Pontiac Michigan
31. Jeff Agoos with 5 (3 with DC United and 2 with San Jose Earthquakes)
32. Joe Cannon 2002 with the San Jose Earthquakes and 2004 with the Colorado Rapids
33. Tab Ramos January 3 1995
34. Steve Rammel DC United May 15 1996
35. Raul Diaz Arce DC United September 24 1996
36. The 1998 CONCACAF Gold Cup
37. Landon Donovan with 2 goals San Jose Earthquakes MLS Cup 2003
38. Current Rapids player Chris Henderson and ex-Rapids player Sean Henderson 54 goals (Chris with 45 regular season and 4 post-season Sean with 4 regular season and 1 post-season)
39. 11 goals the Los Angles Galaxy defeated the Colorado Rapids 7-4 May 6 1998
40. Lubos Kubik Czech Republic Chicago Fire 1998
Bonus: Confederation of North Central America and Caribbean Association Football