Ramos, Balboa named to MasterCard CONCACAF 20th Century team.By Jerry Langdon
Gannett News Service
(Friday, May 15, 1998) -- Two U.S. players, struggling to gain starting roles for the World Cup after starting in both the 1990 and 1994 tournaments, were selected to the CONCACAF Team of the 20th Century by a panel of soccer writers from the North America-Caribbean-Central America region.
They are midfielder Tab Ramos, trying to recover from his second serious knee operation in a year, and defender Marcelo Balboa, on the sideline due in part to a shift in the U.S. formation from 4-4-2 to 3-6-1, which reduces the number of pure defenders in the lineup.
MasterCard sponsored the team selections, not only for CONCACAF, but for Europe, South America, Africa and Asia/Oceania. It will announce a World Team of the 20th Century on June 9 in Paris, one day before the World Cup starts.
Goalkeeper: Antonio Carbajal (Mexico).
Goalkeeper: Lev Yashin (Soviet Union).
Goalkeeper: Ubaldo Fillol (Argentina).
Goalkeeper: Thomas Nkono (Cameroon).
Goalkeeper: Chow Chee Keong (Malaysia).
Jerry Langdon is the Gannett News Service sports editor and can be e-mailed at
Jerry Langdon is the Gannett News Service sports editor and can be e-mailed at email@example.com.