With the 2014 edition of the FIFA World Cup kicking off today, News 4 This Morning takes a look back at the history of a tournament that would become one of the biggest sporting events in the world.
After decades of being absent, Team USA returned to the 1990 FIFA World Cup hosted in Italy. Despite qualifying, they lost all three games in group play and were eliminated quickly.
Despite this setback, the US would actually play host to the 1994 FIFA World Cup. Stadiums from Florida to California to Michigan hosted 24 teams for that year's edition of the tournament. The US advanced out of group play for the first time since the first world cup, but had to face Brazil next and lost 1-0.
In 1998, the tournament was expanded to host the current number of teams: 32.
Team USA has made it out of the group stage twice since then, including a quarterfinal run in 2002.
The first World Cup to be hosted by Africa was done by South Africa in 2010.
The 2014 tournament opens today, with Brazil facing Croatia. In a few days, Team USA will open up their play against Ghana.