Gresham woman's dad coached 1930 U.S. World Cup team

Bob Millar is at left on the back row.

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by Art Edwards, KGW Staff

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Posted on July 1, 2014 at 7:41 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 1 at 6:08 PM

GRESHAM, Ore. -- The World Cup was first played in 1930. That year team USA finished third. The best finish ever for the team. During the event they beat Belgium 3-0. The same team they'll play in the knockout round of this year's World Cup.

The coach of that team, Bob Millar, is in the soccer hall of fame. His daughter Mary Martin, lives in Gresham.

Martin was 14 years old when the team went to Uruguay to play in the first World Cup. She says her father said to her "it was tough in Uruguay, it was rough."

Martin says her father lived for soccer as both a player and a coach. She's watched some of the World Cup this year and will watch the match with Belgium.

Martin predicts "I think it's gonna be a rough game because knowing they had played them in the first World Cup, Belgium might work to be right in there this time."

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