1994 U.S. men’s team – Where are they now? (Sommer)

Juergen Sommer was the first American to play in goal in the English Premier League.

Part of the program last Saturday night at Stanford Stadium during halftime of the Earthquakes/Red Bulls MLS game, was a tribute to the U.S. team that competed in the 1994 World Cup.

If there was a turning point in U.S. soccer this was it as the U.S. beat World Cup favorite Colombia and advanced out of the group stage for the first time since 1930. They then took on Brazil on the Fourth of July weekend at Stanford before a crowd of 84,147 in the old Stanford Stadium.

Eight members of that team showed up on Saturday.

On this blog you will find a picture of what those eight look like now, 17 years later, and a video of them.

(We’ll put these on eight separate posts.)

No. 2 – Juergen Sommer

Sommer was the goalie that season (and in 1998) as he earned 10 caps for the U.S. National team. His second biggest claim to fame was that he went on to become the first American goalie to play in the English Premier League in 1995 when he played in goal for the Queens Park Rangers. He later played for the Crew and Revolution in the MLS. Today he works in the McDonald’s Real Estate Division and continues to coach soccer.