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Landon Donovan made his World Cup qualifying debut at RFK in the 3-2 loss to Honduras on Sept. 1, 2001. He went on to earn the penalty kick that Joe-Max Moore converted to give the U.S. a 2-1 victory against Jamaica on Oct. 7, 2001, catapulting the U.S. into the 2002 FIFA World Cup.
Oguchi Onyewu cut his chops in qualifying in D.C. on Oct. 13, 2004, when he entered in the 86th minute of the USA's 6-0 drubbing of Panama. Gooch was involved in the game's final goal, directing a header on goal that was misplayed by a Panama defender and wound up in the back of the net. Gooch still counts that as his first international goal, but despite our best efforts we couldn't convince the referee otherwise.
Good guess about Frankie by the way. We did play Guatemala in D.C. in November of 1996; however, Frankie didn't make his first appearance until the return leg on Dec. 21. Interestingly, that match was played in El Salvador.