Jeff Agoos, now a senior vice president of competition for MLS, was a defender for D.C. United in the inaugural game. We were there. Exactly 24 years ago today, Eric Wynalda scored the first goal in MLS history to give the San Jose Clash a 1-0 victory over D.C. United. Privacy Policy   Terms of Service   Do Not Sell My Personal Information. Wynalda scored the first — and only — goal back on April 6, 1996, when the Clash hosted D.C. United in the inaugural Major League Soccer match. November soccer election takes on new importance, Brenden Aaronson to Salzburg: 'This is just the beginning', Weekend Focus: Kansas City-born Nicholas Gioacchini breaks through in France, Watch: A soccer-playing moose strike impressively, Youth Movement: A look at 2020 MLS Homegrown signings (no college). "I recall that whole buildup, how proud we were when ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ was played and they introduced teams. It was the turning point where we made it all about the game; having a single anthem; having a way of doing things that was recognizable; making sure that everything looked the same. SPA was coached by Buzz Lagos who when on to the Minnesota Thunder. Continue reading this article by signing up for three free articles per month. Sat directly behind the path of Waldo's shot and watched it curve into the goal. Who can forget the Minnesota Kicks. Join Major League Soccer, Black Players for Change, and the MLS Players Association in participating in the November 3 general election. Forgot? We too sat right behind the path of Waldo's shot and it was a beautiful sight to see. But it was almost because there was so many things to complain about, you would always get There was a problem with your email address. But that's it. Forgot or need to establish your password? SF won in goal difference at home. Wynalda: First MLS goal the best of my career (1:44) Eric Wynalda explains what it meant to him to score the first goal in Major League Soccer history in 1996. nation that everybody wants to be involved now. He cod probably take it back even a bit further into America's soccer dark ages to when he was playing for the SanFrancisco Blackhawks in the APSL. Tony Sanneh came from nowhere, playing indoor, and then he was the USL, NPSL level, November soccer election takes on new importance, Brenden Aaronson to Salzburg: 'This is just the beginning', Weekend Focus: Kansas City-born Nicholas Gioacchini breaks through in France, Watch: A soccer-playing moose strike impressively, Youth Movement: A look at 2020 MLS Homegrown signings (no college). To continue enjoying Sportstar, you can turn off your adblocker or subscribe to Sportstar Plus. April 6, 2016 (1 min) Footer - 1. Can Saban be cleared for Saturday's game? Exactly 20 years ago today, the first MLS goal … That's what USL is. country that is backing the sport, not just at a club level, but a regional and national level is unprecedented. be doubters. All of that is progress. It reminds me of Ric Fonseca's who from time to time evokes memories of those days... Wouldn't it be nice for SA to interview once a week the famous stars that came over to play for MLS, like Marco Etcheverry , Valderama, etc . I still think Wynalda should be the MNT coach. I must admit that quieted us down. it's something people love to talk about. May 20, 2019 (4 min) Dribble, 'meg, finish: First-ever MLS goal. Continue reading this article by signing up for three free articles per month. That's all I have from that due to the fire; I lost everything. I think, again, when Don [Garber] came in [as Then-United coach Bruce Arena said the game was important for what it represented. What a thrill! Great insights from a crucial player in American soccer history! Become a Soccer America Pro member today to get complete website access to all articles and all discussions and receive all of Soccer America’s newsletters for just 99¢. Wynalda scored the first - and only - goal back on April 6, 1996 Four of them threw up after the meal, but it had nothing to do with the food, recalled Eric Wynalda. What we now know is that we don't have enough teams for the talent “It was a wonderful moment and it really was the kick-start.”, From story at the time- “Wynalda, who earlier had failed to convert two good scoring chances, dribbled through two defenders and slammed a shot with his right foot past Washington’s goalkeeper, Jeff Causey, and into the corner of the net.”, It went on- “Most of the sloppy game was played at midfield and there were few good scoring chances, giving ammunition to critics who charge soccer does not have enough offense to succeed in the United States.”. This premium subscription level includes Soccer America Daily, Soccer on TV, Soccer Talk, the Game Report and Soccer America Confidential. But the greatest challenge that we have -- well, I guess that we are talking investing money in the games and people wanting to be involved and to make this sport better. The investment that is behind it is now warranted. It was a great atmosphere at Spartan Stadium in those days, very family oriented. One player trailed off and came around the fence to the track the separated the stands from the field like a great line of demarcation. November soccer election takes on new importance, Brenden Aaronson to Salzburg: 'This is just the beginning', Weekend Focus: Kansas City-born Nicholas Gioacchini breaks through in France, Watch: A soccer-playing moose strike impressively, Youth Movement: A look at 2020 MLS Homegrown signings (no college). One of my most outstanding fan memories was in 1991 when my local team the Albany Capitals played were playing the Blackhawks for the title. That's it. Become a Soccer America Pro member today to get complete website access to all articles and all discussions and receive all of Soccer America’s newsletters for just 99¢. Please try again. point, getting an opportunity. “It was just the nervousness,” he said. better soccer nation through all of the outlets and the channels and that's all because of the interest that comes city to city. By entering your email address, you agree to receive Soccer America Today newsletter and other email messages from Soccer America. I still have a Clash blancket that was a give away promotion to get people to the games. I'm blown away every day at how much talent there is at the USL level. If you're already a Pro member, please sign-in. What Eric did, and what the team did, what the Clash was able to pull off - the fans, they wanted to come back. the first half, but he ended up with the jersey I actually wore when I scored the goal. Detroit and Miami, they were able to turn this thing into something special. Gregg Williams criticizes Jets' lackluster offense, LeBron hits the weight room with his daughter, Garrett says Browns are past helmet-swinging incident, Flashback: Garrett clubs Rudolph with helmet as fight breaks out, Bryson Smith calls for fair catch on 1-yard line, Seager hits 2 HRs as Dodgers force Game 6, Stephen A. blasts Ryan Clark for his Steelers disrespect, Colts prepare for Bengals after false positive COVID-19 tests. Dak Prescott is in great spirits, overwhelmed by support, Stephen A. explains why Rodgers has more to prove than Brady. Four of them threw up after the meal, but it had nothing to do with the food, recalled Eric Wynalda. By entering your email address, you agree to receive Soccer America Today newsletter and other email messages from Soccer America. Whether the Eric Wynalda of 1996 would be satisfied with the league of and he made his way to [D.C. United], and then probably in my opinion was the best right back in the 2002 World Cup, and then went on to do great things in Europe. A very good friend of mine, Brian [Holmes], who owns a printing company and All rights reserved. The San Francisco Vikings Soccer Club chartered a bus to the game. We had some good talent with Mike Master and Mike Mariner (yes Englands Paul Mariner), as well as former Sunderland midfielder Shaun Elliot. 4 comments about "Watch: Eric Wynalda score the first MLS goal in 1996". Exactly 24 years ago today, Eric Wynalda scored the first goal in MLS history to give the San Jose Clash a 1-0 victory over D.C. United. Wynalda scored the first — and only — goal back on April 6, 1996, when the Clash hosted D.C. United in the inaugural Major League Soccer match. I see him now and then, but suffice to tell that we were very saddened when we heard about his house, but still, it was nice to have met him, though sadly I don't remember the other guys with him. MLS of 1996 vs. the USL: ERIC WYNALDA: It's very comparable to be honest. But still you look at USL or places like On the anniversary, here's Wynalda's goal again from every angle. But it was just guys like Tab [Ramos], John ALSO READ|The decade in football: The birth of Indian Super League, "I’m just so glad that I scored and we finished that game 1-0 and it didn’t give all the haters an opportunity to say, ‘Oh look, soccer’s boring, 0-0,’” Wynalda said. The road traveled since 1996 is amazing! Buzz's son is in management at the MLS's Minnesota United. Arena, himself a Hall of Famer and former national team coach, went on to coach teams to five MLS Cup titles. Wonderful interview, Paul! Agoos went on to a 10-year playing career in the league. Those Clash uniforms sure were ugly. Become a Soccer America Pro member today to get complete website access to all articles and all discussions and receive all of Soccer America’s newsletters for just 99¢. !$ on that guy. -  AP. "I give Eric an incredible amount of credit for what he was able to accomplish in the end. commissioner], he made some fundamental changes. Wynalda scored the first - and only - goal back on April 6, 1996, when the Clash hosted D.C. United in the inaugural Major League Soccer match. Fun times! of the schedule. business in San Jose, actually, I lost a bet to him, and he has the inaugural game jersey. The objective is to be the best soccer nation we can be. Actor Andrew Shue, who starred on the TV series “Melrose Place,” performed the coin toss. It Eric Wynalda scored the first - and only - goal back on April 6, 1996, when the Clash hosted D.C. United in the inaugural Major League Soccer match. I'm fairly sure. isn't good enough or some league is better than others, and some of that, it's all perception and opinion. On April 6, 1996 Wynalda scored the first goal in league history in its inaugural game as the Clash beat D.C. United 1–0. This premium subscription level includes Soccer America Daily, Soccer on TV, Soccer Talk, the Game Report and Soccer America Confidential. Then they took Masters and Mariner the following season. Even though it eliminated Miami, we just weren't ready and we needed to consolidate the Who is the best US striker of all time? Continue reading this article by signing up for three free articles per month. It is great to read Eric's recollections. Apr 6, 2020 - Eric Wynalda explains what it meant to him to score the first goal in Major League Soccer history in 1996. You see it in small little towns across the It was hard. Thanks Eric, Thanks Paul! San Jose, Coach Callaway, Crazy George, great memories!Who else remembers? “Who would ever think MLS would be 25 years old? Contact. great. Maybe they aren't ready for that. Whether people want to compare us '96 was hard, guys. We all want the same thing. San Jose, Coach Callaway, Crazy George, great memories!Who else remembers? Exactly 24 years ago today, Eric Wynalda scored the first goal in MLS history to give the San Jose Clash a 1-0 victory over D.C. United. Watch: Eric Wynalda score the first MLS goal in 1996 - 02/29/2020. eventually challenge to win the World Cup, and that is the objective.