Keough admired his teammate’s tenacity.
“Charlie dove headfirst and hit him in the back of the knees, a tackle anyone in the NFL would have been proud of,” he said. “The momentum they were both going, they were both at the penalty spot when they stopped. Charlie bulldozed it all the way. He [Mortensen] was mad as anyone would have been… He would have received a yellow card, maybe a red in today’s game.”
This tackle saved the day.
When Dattilo blew the final whistle, players from both teams were beside themselves for different reasons.
“It was like the Yankees were losing to an amateur team from Massapequa. [in suburban N.Y.]“, Maca said of his hometown outside of New York.
“We were 70-1 underdogs. I should have bet $10 on the game,” Colombo said with a laugh.
England striker Wilf Mannion and his teammates weren’t laughing at the surprising and embarrassing result.
“We were just going to go out there, and it was all over, and we could do whatever we wanted,” he said at the 1987 reunion. “We didn’t.”
Subsequently, the English press complained about the pitch (“narrow, rutted and stony”, one writer reported) and the three non-citizens who played for the United States – Gaetjens, Maca and right-half Ed McIlveny. [Scottish citizen]. They were residents of the country, which was enough for them at the time to represent the United States.
Then the crowd scaled a fence and ran through a ditch around the pitch to lift the American players onto their shoulders.
“Well, everyone was screaming and got us excited,” Pariani said. “It was as if a hurricane had hit the field. Most of them went to goalkeeper Frank Borghi. He didn’t know what was going on.