former Head Coach: U.S. National Team. Born: July 1, 1941, in Mucsi, Hungary. Hometown: Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
United States soccer icon Bob Gansler began his first full season as the Kansas City Wizards head coach in 2000. Gansler became the second full-time head coach in Wizards history on April 28, 1999, taking over for Ron Newman.
Gansler inherited a 1999 team that had an 0-7 mark at the time of his hiring. The Wizards finished last season with an 8-24 record, including an 8-17 mark under Gansler.
Gansler, 58, previously served as the head coach of the U.S. National Team, and is most well-known for leading the United States to the 1990 World Cup. The World Cup team was 0-3 in 1990 -- but had nowhere near the talent of recent U.S. teams, and still came within inches of tying Italy in a first-round game. It was the first time that the United States qualified for the event in 40 years. Current Wizards goalie Tony Meola was the starting goalkeeper for Ganslerís 1990 U.S. squad.
Gansler has an extensive coaching background at all levels of soccer in the United States. He served as the head coach for the Milwaukee Rampage of the United Soccer League from 1996 to 1998, leading his team to the A-League Championship in 1997.
He served as the head coach at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee from 1984 to 1988. In addition, he coaches the U.S. Under-20 National Team for three years (1987-89) and the Under-19 National Team for four years (1979-82).
Gansler was a premier player in America during the 1960s. He trained with the U.S. National Team between 1963 and 1969, appearing in games 5 times in 1968. He captained the 1964 and 1968 Olympic Teams as well as the 1967 Pan American Team. Gansler also participated on 1968-69 National Team that attempted to qualify for the 1970 World Cup.
In January 2000, he received the Walt Chyzowych Award, recognizing Ganslerís achievements and dedication to the growth of soccer in America.
Gansler was born in Mucsi, Hungary on July 1, 1941. He moved to the U.S. in 1952 and currently lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He and his wife Nancy have four children Ė Robert, Michael, Peter and Daniel.