In January of 1989, U.S. Soccer named Bob Gansler
coach of the men's national team, taking over for Lothar Osiander
, who guided the USA to the 1988 Olympics and through the first phase of 1990 World Cup qualifying -- a 5-1 aggregate win over Jamaica. Gansler had coached in the U.S. national team program since 1975.
Before succeeding to deliver the USA to its first World Cup in 40 years -- Italia '90 -- Gansler's team at the 1989 U-20 World Cup earned fourth place, still the best U.S. U-20 finish.
The USA was the youngest team at the 1990 World Cup with an average age of 23.6 years -- and exited in the first round with losses to Czechoslovakia (5-1), host Italy (1-0) and Austria (2-1). Seven members of the roster -- Tony Meola, John Harkes, Eric Wynalda, Marcelo Balboa, Kasey Keller and Paul Caligiuri -- played in future World Cups.
Gansler guided Kansas City, which he coached through 2006, to the 2000 MLS title.
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1991: U.S. women begin their journey to world power
1977: Pele playing for Team America, Walt Chyzowych and Hartwick's title
Early 1970s: Goalkeeper Bruce Arena, fathers of future stars, Clive Toye, Joe Morrone, et al.
1971: Year 1 included names that reappeared often long after
1991: Bora guides USA to historic tournament performance
1990: USA's World Cup return finished off by Italy and Austria
1990: Paul Gardner on the Nomads, Dallas Cup and George Donnelly; Gus Martins on Jimmy Banks
1980: Johan Cruyff, Franz Beckenbauer, George Best, Americans in the NASL, and women's soccer
1990: The USA's 1990 World Cup opener 'Baptism of Fire'
1990 Meola's gloves, Windischmann cap record, Wynalda goals
1990: USA returns to the World Cup