Roboostoff, a member of the 1972 U.S. Olympic team that went to the Summer Games in Munich and the original San Jose Earthquakes in 1974 and 1975, died recently at the age of 67 after a two-year
battle with esophageal cancer, the San Jose Mercury-News reported.
holding pennant) was from a soccer-playing family that was part of San Francisco's Russian community of exiles who fled Russia's Communist Revolution and moved to Shanghai and then left after the
Communist Revolution in China.
Roboostoff, who attended Skyline College and the University of San Francisco, was a forward on the U.S. team that qualified for the 1972 Olympics and
featured such players as Shep Messing
, Al Trost
, Casey Bahr
, Mike Seerey
and Hugo Salcedo
It was a significant achievement as the USA tied Mexico in
both matches in qualifying and advanced to the Olympic Games for its first appearance in 16 years. Roboostoff, a forward, started all three games at the 1972 Olympics.
Roboostoff had 10
goals and 15 assists for the Earthquakes in their first two NASL seasons. He later played for the San Diego Jaws, Portland Timbers and Oakland Stompers.
Roboostoff earned seven caps for
the USA in 1973-75 and continued to play in adult age-group leagues long after his retirement from the NASL after the 1978 season