1994 U.S. men’s Team – Where Are They Now? (Caligiuri)

Paul Caligiuri scored what is still regarded as the most important goal in U.S. soccer history.

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. 7 – Paul Caligiuri

They really should officially rename this guy Paul “The Shot Heard Round The World” Caligiuri. He was a skilled defender but that has been lost in history to his game-winning goal in a 1-0 victory over Trinidad and Tobago in 1989 that qualified the U.S. for the 1990 World Cup in Italy. He finished his career playing in 110 matches for the U.S. scoring five goals. He went on to play six sesons in the MLS and was the head men’s coach at Cal Poly Pomona. Today he coaches a couple of youth teams in SoCal.