Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Maturana No Stranger To the U.S.

The Soca Warriors are coached by Colombian international Francisco Maturana, who has a storied career as a manager, but one that is also scarred by tragedy. Voted as the Coach of the Year in South America in 1993, he twice led Colombia to consecutive appearances in the World Cup. One of the dark horse favorites heading into USA '94, it was that Maturana presided over the team that famously crashed out of the group phase after a 2-1 loss to the United States. The disappointment turned tragic when Colombian defender Andres Escobar was killed upon his return home.

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