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

Marcelo Balboa was the anchor for the U.S. defense in 1994.

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. 8 – Marcelo Balboa

It’s hard to even look at this guy and not think that today, like right now, he could kick some serious butt on a soccer pitch. The U.S. team should simply sign him now. Are you listening Mr. Bradley? He played in three World Cups as a central defender, appeared in 127 gmers and scored 13 goals. He was a two-time U.S. Soccer Athlete of the Year. He anchored that 1994 defense that yielded only four goals in four games. He went on to play seven seasons for the MLS Colorado Rapids and Metrostars. Today he is a TV and radio broadcaster.