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Windischmann earns induction on veteran's ballot, bringing 2004 class to four.

Mike Windischmann
Mike Windischmann was captain of the 2004 United States World Cup team.
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ONEONTA, N.Y. (Thursday, July 15, 2004) -- Defender Mike Windischmann, captain of the 1990 United States men's World Cup team, has been elected to the Hall of Fame by virtue of the veteran's ballot.

Windischmann joined his 1990 teammates, striker Eric Wynalda and defender Paul Caligiuri, and U.S. women's star forward Michelle Akers to form the induction class of 2004. Wynalda, Caligiuri and Akers were voted in during the regular balloting in May.

"It's great uplifting news," Windischmann, a native of Queens, N.Y., told BigAppleSoccer. "To be included in that group is unbelievable. It shows the hard work paid off and people appreciated it. As I think about it, it has come full circle, making the Soccer Hall of Fame. These are things people can't take away from you."

Induction ceremonies will be held October 11 at the National Soccer Hall of Fame in Oneonta.

Veterans are elected by a vote of all Hall of Famers. Windischmann earned induction by being the only one of 295 eligible candidates to be named on the required 50 percent of ballots cast. The Hall of Fame did not release the exact number of votes Windischmann received.

"Mike was a very passionate player," said the 1990 U.S. World Cup coach Bob Gansler, now the coach of Major League Soccer's Kansas City Wizards. "He knew what was going on in the game around the world and was able to go out and play in a very cerebral way. He always did it well."

Windischmann, 38, made 51 appearances, starting 47 during a seven-year career for the U.S. men that culminated with the 1990 World Cup. The 1990 team made the U.S.'s first appearance in the World Cup in 40 years and Windischmann started all three of the Americans' games in Italia '90. He played in five more internationals in 1990 after the Cup before retiring.

Among Windischmann's caps were appearances in 13 Cup qualifiers in 1985, 1988 and 1989.

Additionally, he played for the U.S. in the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, scoring a goal in a 1-1 draw with Argentina, and he also participated on American teams in the under-20 world championships and Pan American games. Windischmann also was part of U.S. five-a-side teams that earned silver and bronze medals in world championships.

The Adelphi University graduate was named the U.S. Soccer Federation's "Male Athlete of the Year" in 1989.

"Mike is a most worthy addition to the Hall of Fame," Hall of Fame president and chief executive officer Will Lunn said. "His team leadership was instrumental in the United States, qualifying for the 1990 World Cup and the respectable showing we had in there, particularly in that exciting 1-0 (loss) against Italy."

Windischmann's international career ended at age 25 when his contract was not renewed in 1991 and, after that, he tore an anterior cruciate ligament. When he recovered, he briefly tried to resurrect his career in East Germany, but was unsuccessful.

Windischmann went on to play indoors with the Los Angeles Lazers in 1987-88, and outdoors with the Albany Capitals in the American Professional Soccer League, a merger of the American Soccer League and Western Soccer League that eventually led to the current A-League.

Windischmann is technical director and director of coaching with the Brooklyn Knights youth club. He put his Adelphi degree in physical education to use when he became a teacher at IHS 238, a junior high school in Hollis, Queens.

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