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St. Louis soccer legend Harry Keough dead at 84

St. Louis native and soccer legend Harry Keough died Feb. 7.
(Courtesy SoccerSTL.net)
St. Louis native and soccer legend Harry Keough died Feb. 7.

Harry Keough, a member of the U.S. soccer team that upset England at the 1950 World Cup, has died. He was 84.

Keough was a native St. Louisan and coached soccer at Saint Louis University, where he won five national NCAA titles.

Keough died Tuesday, U.S. Soccer Federation spokesman Michael Kammarman said.

A defender who had one goal in 19 appearances for the U.S. from 1949-57, Keough started all three games for the Americans at the 1950 World Cup and was captain when the U.S. played Spain in its opener.

The 1-0 win over England is regarded by many as the greatest upset in soccer history. A film was even made about the team entitled "The Game of Their Lives," scenes of which were shot in St. Louis in 2003.

  • Watch the trailer for the film here.
  • Listen to a story by former St. Louis Public Radio reporter Hillary Wicai about the film, for which Keough was interviewed, above. The story was produced in 2003 for the program Only a Game.