NEW YORK: Harry Keough, a member of the United States team who beat England 1-0 in the 1950 World Cup finals, has died at 84 at his home in St. Louis.
“We are all saddened by the loss of such an important man in the history of US Soccer,” said USSF president Sunil Gulati. “Harry was a true pioneer, representing the finest of a generation of men and women who built the foundations for soccer in the United States on which we stand today.
“While his participation on the US team that beat England in the 1950 FIFA World Cup remains a memory that fans around the world treasure, it is his lasting contribution to soccer in St. Louis and around the country as a player and a coach that will be his true legacy.”
Keough earned 19 caps. He made his debut on September 14, 1949, when the US drew 1-1 with Cuba in a World Cup qualifying match. Keough also scored the US’s lone goal in the 5-1 defeat by Canada in World Cup qualifying on June 22, 1957, in Toronto. His career highlight, however, was the victory against England on June 29, 1950, at Belo Horizonte in Brazil in one of the greatest shocks in World Cup history.
He played his club football for St Louis Kutis, which won the 1957 U.S. Open Cup and the National Amateur Cup six consecutive times between 1956 and 1961.
Keough is survived by wife Alma and his three children, Ty, Colleen and Peggy.