(CNN) — For over a decade, the United States asserted its dominance in international men’s soccer. When Team USA dropped its first match to Australia since 2006 all of that changed Saturday.
The Boomers, ranked 11th by the International Basketball Federation (FIBA), won its first match against No. 1 ranked USA, beating the group 98-94. The game was played with a crowd of over 52,000, the biggest crowd to watch basketball.
Even the US had won 78 games directly in major awards and awards before Saturday’s World Cup exhibition matchup.
“The Aussies gave us a fantastic lesson as much as where we now have to be and we have to perform in this sort of contest,” US head coach Gregg Popovich said after the match. “Thus, we’ll get used to this and learn.”
The loss includes two days after the US defeat Australia 102-86 on Thursday. Was during the FIBA World Championship’s 2006 semifinals.
“Nobody wins forever,” Popovich said.
The US’ exhibition is Monday from Canada in Sydney before heading into the World Cup in China. There the two-time defending World Cup winner will face the Czech Republic on September 1.