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U.S. soccer DEFENDER
Marcelo Balboa
Height: 6-1 (1.86 m).
Weight: 175 (80 kg).
Born: Aug. 8, 1967, in Chicago.
Hometown: Cerritos, California.
College: San Diego State University.
Club: Colorado Rapids (MLS).


               U.S. National Team Statistics 2000

Opponent       Date   Score  GP  GS   MIN   G   A  Pts  Y   R

Iran          Jan 16   1-1    1   1    90   0   0   0   0   0

Total                         1   1    90   0   0   0   0   0

National Team
Year Record GP G A Pts
1988 1-5-2 8 0 0 0
1989 1-2-1 4 0 0 0
1990 4-7-4 15 1 0 2
1991 5-4-5 14 2 1 5
1992 6-11-4 21 3 1 7
1993 2-2-6 10 0 0 0
1994 6-9-9 24 4 0 8
1995 4-1-1 6 1 0 2
1996 5-2-1 8 1 1 3
1997 3-1-6 10 0 1 1
1998 1-2-1 4 1 0 2
1999 2-0-0 2 0 0 0
2000 0-0-1 1 0 0 0
Total 40-46-42 128 13 4 30
World Cup
Year Venue GP G A Pts
1990 Italy '90 3 0 0 0
1994 USA '94 4 0 0 0
1998 France '98 3 0 0 0
Total 10 0 0 0
Professional
Year Club GP G A Pts
1987 San Diego Nomads (APSL) - 6 0 12
1988 San Diego Nomads (APSL) 8 2 1 5
1989 San Diego Nomads (APSL) 3 0 0 0
1990 S.F. Bay Blackhawks (APSL) 8 4 1 9
1991 S.F. Bay Blackhawks (APSL) 7 3 1 7
1992 Colorado Foxes (APSL) 5 1 0 2
1994 Leon (Mexican 1st) 18 - - -
1994-95 Leon (Mexican 1st) 35 3 - -
1996 Colorado Rapids (MLS) 18 7 2 16
1997 Colorado Rapids (MLS) 28 2 3 7
1998 Colorado Rapids (MLS) 26 5 5 15
1999 Colorado Rapids (MLS) 27 1 2 4
2000 Colorado Rapids (MLS) 28/28 4 5 13
Total (MLS) 127/- 19 17 55
APSL Champion - 1992
College
Year Club GP G A Pts
1986 Cerritos J.C. - - - -
1987 Cerritos J.C. - - - -
1988 San Diego State - 4 6 14
1989 San Diego State - 8 7 23
Total (Division I) 88 12 13 37

U.S. National Team: One of only three U.S. players to have played a game in three different World Cup finals (1990, '94 and '98) ... Became the first U.S. soccer player, male or female, to reach 100 international appearances on June 11, 1995, in a 3-2 win over Nigeria, scoring the USA's second goal ... Still one of the world's most capped players all-time ... Along with Kasey Keller, is the only two-time winner of U.S. Soccer's Chevrolet Male Athlete of the Year award ('92, '94) ... 1999: A member of the bronze medal-winning squad at the 1999 FIFA Confederations Cup in Mexico ... Anchored the American central defense in the critical Confederations Cup match against Germany, a 2-0 victory that sent the U.S. into the semifinals ... 1998: Became the world's third all-time cap leader, passing English goalkeeper Peter Shilton, on March 14 in San Diego against Paraguay, where he also scored a diving header in a 2-2 draw ... 1997: Played every minute in seven of the 10 World Cup qualifiers, tallying a superb assist on Tab Ramos' second-half, game-winning goal vs. Costa Rica in Portland ... 1995: Captained the USA during its heroic semifinal appearance at the '95 Copa America in Uruguay ... Played in the FIFA World All-Star Game Sept. 2, 1995, in Tokyo ... 1994: One of five U.S. players to play every minute of every game during the 1994 World Cup ... Came within inches of scoring a phenomenal bicycle kick goal late in the 2-1 win over Colombia ... U.S. Soccer's 1994 Male Athlete of the Year ... Played for the "Christmas Stars" FIFA All-Star Team in December 1994 ... 1993: Suffered a complete tear of the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee April 17, 1993, against Iceland ... Returned to the U.S. lineup after a miraculous 7-1/2 month rehabilitation ... 1991: Scored two goals from his defender position, including the winning goal on a bicycle kick in the first game of the 1991 CONCACAF Gold Cup against Trinidad & Tobago ... Pre-1990: A member of the 1990 U.S. World Cup Team in Italy, he played in all three first-round matches, starting two ... Played in the 1988 World University Games ... Captained the U-20 team in the 1987 World Youth Championship in Chile ... First Appearance: Jan. 10, 1988, vs. Guatemala ... First Goal: May 30, 1990, vs. Liechtenstein.

Professional: One of MLS's most consistent big name players ... 1999: Led Colorado into the post-season, appearing in 27 games while scoring one goal and 2 assists ... 1998: Scored five goals and tallied five assists in 26 games for the Rapids ... 1997: Led the Colorado Rapids, the team with the worst record in 1996, to a second-place finish in MLS Cup '97 ... 1996: Scored seven goals and two assists, despite just playing in 18 games due to injuries ... 1995: Signed with Leon of the Mexican first division in January 1995, saving the team from relegation ... 1987-1992: Played six years in the American Professional Soccer League with the San Diego Nomads, San Francisco Blackhawks and the Colorado Foxes.

College: Played two seasons at San Diego State University (1988 and 1989), before turning pro ... A two-time All- American at SDSU, he Led the Aztecs to the NCAA tournament twice.

Personal: A product of the American Youth Soccer Association program in Southern California, where he played for his father, Luis ... Captained his club Fram-Culver, winning the 1986 under-19 national championship ... Dubbed by the American press in 1994 as the "Iron Man," for his durability and reliability in the defense ... He and his wife, Cindi, reside in Superior, Colo., and have one son, Nicholas Jacob, born Feb. 28 ... Speaks fluent Spanish.

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