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Serbian-born Bora Milutinovic-- whose playing career took him from Partizan Belgrade to Mexico's UNAM Pumas via the French league-- coached Mexico to the quarter-finals of the 1986 World Cup. Four years later, he took over the Costa Rica team just 45 days before Italia '90 began and steered them to a second round slot with wins over Scotland and Sweden. Milutinovic's squad is a blend of the players he has in his full-time training camp in Mission Viejo, California and the band of Americans making names for themselves abroad. The experience gained by European-based stars like Tab Ramos, Roy Wegerle, John Harkes and Eric Wynalda can only boost hopes of a strong showing at USA '94 --no host team has ever failed to reach the second round of a World Cup tournament.

United States Soccer FederationColors: Red and white stripe shirts/ blue shorts/ red socks

Second colors: Blue shirts/ red shorts/ white socks

World Cup record: 1930- semi finals; 1934 - first round; 1950 -first round; 1990 - first round.

Qualified automatically as hosts