Former U.S. national team defender Dan Canter dies at the age of 58

Former U.S. national team player Dan Canter died recently at his home in Las Vegas at the age of 58.

Canter, a defender, played nine times for the USA in 1983-85, including every minute of all six games in 1984-85 during the unsuccessful 1986 World Cup qualifying campaign that ended with a 1-0 loss to Costa Rica in Torrance, California, on one of the low moments in the history of American soccer.

Canter starred at Penn State under the legendary coach Walter Bahr (1978-81) and helped the Nittany Lions reach the NCAA Division I semifinals in 1979 with an upset of No. 1 Indiana.

Canter was drafted by the NASL's Fort Lauderdale Strikers in the 1982 NASL College Draft and played three seasons in the league. He moved to Team America -- the full-time national team that was based in Washington, D.C., and played in the NASL in 1983 -- and then to the New York Cosmos near his hometown Chatham, New Jersey, for the NASL's final season in 1984.

An injury prevented him from making the 1984 U.S. Olympic team.

After the NASL's demise, he spent three seasons indoors with the Cosmos, Chicago Sting and Minnesota Strikers.

After retiring as a player, he settled in South Florida, where he was the general manager of a car dealership.

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