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Chasing Gaetjens

Joe Gaetjens scored the U.S. goal in its upset over England in 1950. But who was he?

Originally Published: February 26, 2010
By Leander Schaerlaeckens | ESPN.com

A man scores a goal in a faraway land.

The goal single-handedly fells a giant.

Nobody knows who the man is, his teammates included. All that is left behind are a few grainy black-and-white photographs. A team picture shows a ruggedly handsome man with piercing black eyes kneeling over the vehicle of his fame, a soccer ball. Another shows him smiling sheepishly as he's carried off the field by overjoyed Brazilian spectators, not quite sure of what is happening to him.

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