Olympian Archie Roboostoff dies at the age of 67

Archie 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.


Roboostoff (left, 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.
3 comments about "Olympian Archie Roboostoff dies at the age of 67".
  1. Hugo Salcedo, August 13, 2019 at 7:08 p.m.

    Sad news.
    His sense of humor and his smile will live forever in our minds and in our hearts.
    RIP

  2. Ric Fonseca, August 14, 2019 at 1:12 p.m.

    Say, wasn/t Lou Sagastume also a part of this group?  Also, photgraphed to Salcedo's right is Steve Gay, who went on to coach UCLA for a couple of years before Sigi Schmid was named HC.
    I met Roboostoff a couple of time and he was a gentleman and quite a character!  Amigo RIP

  3. Ric Fonseca, August 14, 2019 at 1:12 p.m.

    Say, wasn/t Lou Sagastume also a part of this group?  Also, photgraphed to Salcedo's right is Steve Gay, who went on to coach UCLA for a couple of years before Sigi Schmid was named HC.
    I met Roboostoff a couple of time and he was a gentleman and quite a character!  Amigo RIP

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