Being as though the US match against Algeria today is pretty important, it got me thinking of back in 1994 when the US hosted the World Cup. That was 16 years ago, so clearly no one from that team is on our roster this year. But as we root on our boys today, let’s also take a look back and see what some of the key players from 1994 are up to now….
That is a gruesome mullet right there. Sorry, Tony, had to do it. He didn’t have the mullet for long. Meola was the keeper in 1990 and 1994 on the World Cup teams and is one of the most famous keepers in US history. The Jets tried him out in the NFL as a placekicker after the 94 Cup, but it didn’t work out. He played in the MLS until 2006. He now coaches his son’s U12 soccer club in Toms River, NJ.
First US player to break the 100-cap barrier. Also known for some sick nasty bicycle-kicks. In 2007, he started “From the Pitch,” a soccer radio show in Denver. He also was an analyst for the 2008 Summer Olympics for soccer on NBC. He currently resides in Superior, CO, and is the technical advisor to Boulder County Force FC.
Lalas has been everywhere since his retirement. He was the GM for the Galaxy for a while, and helped bring David Beckham to the US. He is also the most recognizable former-player-analyst for soccer on US TV. You can currently see him all over ABC/ESPN as a key analyst for this World Cup.
Cobi Jones used to be my favorite player on the 94 team. Mainly because he was easily recognizable by the hair, haha. He was also a sick player though. He is currently an assistant coach with the MLS Los Angeles Galaxy.
Considered one of the greatest players we have ever produced. In Britain, he is referred to as “Captain America” because of his status as captain often for the US. He now manages the Claudio Reyna Foundation, a non-profit that provides soccer training and mentoring to youth.
Known for scoring the eventual winning goal for our first US World Cup victory since 1950 in the 94 Cup against Columbia. He is one of only 5 US Men to play in 3 World Cups. He has recently been appointed AZ’s new Director of Football.
Elected to Soccer Hall of Fame in 2004. He has been an analyst for ESPN, ABC , and Fox. Also has been a columnist for Major League Soccer Magazine.
Check out his sweet-ass Free Kick goal in the 94 World Cup v. Switzerland: