|Full name||Marcelo Balboa|
|Date of birth||August 8, 1967|
|Place of birth||Chicago, United States|
|Height||6 ft 1 in (1. Events 1220 - Sweden is defeated by Estonian tribes in the Battle of Lihula. Year 1967 ( MCMLXVII) was a Common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar of the 1967 Gregorian calendar. Chicago (ʃɪˈkɑːgoʊ is the largest City by population in the state of Illinois and the American Midwest of the United States. The United States of America —commonly referred to as the 85 m)|
|1986-1987||Cerritos J. In Association football (soccer a defender is a player who tries to prevent the other team from scoring C.|
|San Diego Nomads|
San Francisco Bay Blackhawks
|1988–2000||United States||128 (13)|
1 Senior club appearances and goals
Marcelo Balboa (born August 8, 1967 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American former soccer defender who played in the 1990s for the U.S. national team, becoming its captain. Events 1220 - Sweden is defeated by Estonian tribes in the Battle of Lihula. Year 1967 ( MCMLXVII) was a Common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar of the 1967 Gregorian calendar. Chicago (ʃɪˈkɑːgoʊ is the largest City by population in the state of Illinois and the American Midwest of the United States. The State of Illinois ( roughly ill-i-NOY is a state of the United States of America, the 21st to be admitted to the Union. Association football, more commonly known as football or soccer, is a Team sport played between two teams of eleven players and is widely considered In Association football (soccer a defender is a player who tries to prevent the other team from scoring The 1990s collectively refers to the years between and including 1990 and 1999 The United States men's national soccer team is the national Soccer team of the United States for men and is controlled by the United States Soccer After retiring from playing, he has worked as a soccer announcer for ESPN and ABC. ESPN, originally an acronym for Entertainment and Sports Programming Network, is an American Cable television network dedicated to He is a member of the National Soccer Hall of Fame. The National Soccer Hall of Fame and Museum is a Hall of fame in Oneonta New York which honors the achievements of Soccer in the United States
Balboa, who is of Argentine descent, grew up in Cerritos, Calif. For a topic outline on this subject see List of basic Argentina topics. , and was a product of the American Youth Soccer Organization program in Southern California, where he played for his father, Luis Balboa. The American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO is a national Non-profit organization which provides Soccer development and instruction for children between the Luis was a professional player in Argentina and also played with the Chicago Mustangs of the North American Soccer League. The Chicago Mustangs were a Soccer team based out of Chicago Illinois that played in the United Soccer Association.
After playing in college at San Diego State University, Marcelo Balboa anchored the American defense in the 1990 and the 1994 FIFA World Cups (his first cap came on January 10, 1988 against Guatemala). History Established on March 13 1897 San Diego State University first began as the San Diego Normal School intended to educate local future female elementary school teachers The 1994 FIFA World Cup, the 15th staging of the FIFA World Cup, was held in the United States from June 17 to July 17 1994 The Guatemala national football team is the Association football team representing the country of Guatemala and is controlled by the Federación Nacional He was named U.S. Soccer Athlete of the Year in 1992 and 1994. The US Soccer Athlete of the Year is given by the United States Soccer Federation to the American Soccer players judged best in the calendar year The following are the Football (soccer events of the year 1994 throughout the world In 1995, he became the first U. S. player to break the 100-cap barrier. A cap is an appearance for a select team such as a school county or international team in sports
Marcelo played for León in the Mexican League in 1995 and 1996, before signing with Major League Soccer and the Colorado Rapids. Club León, (simply known as León) is a professional football based in the city of Leon, Guanajuato. The Primera División (First Division is the First Division Association football championship established by the Federación Mexicana de Fútbol Asociación Major League Soccer ( MLS) is the top-flight professional Soccer league in the United States and Canada with 14 teams 13 in the U The Colorado Rapids are a soccer club based in Commerce City Colorado (a suburb of Denver) that participates in Major League Soccer. Balboa played six seasons for the Rapids, leading as the team's all-time leader in many statistical categories. In 1998, he joined Tab Ramos and Eric Wynalda as the first U. The FIFA World Cup, occasionally called the Football World Cup, but usually referred to simply as the World Cup, is an international Association football Tabaré Ramos Ricciardi, known as Tab Ramos (born September 21, 1966 in Montevideo, Uruguay) is a retired U Eric Wynalda (born June 9, 1969 in Fullerton, California) is an American international center forward currently playing for Bakersfield S. players to play in three World Cups. Traded to the MetroStars in 2002, Marcelo played only five minutes all year, sitting out the rest with injuries, and retiring afterwards. Red Bull New York is an American professional soccer organization based in New Jersey that fields a team in Major League Soccer called the
Balboa ended his U. S. career with 128 caps and 13 goals, and his MLS career with 24 goals and 23 assists in 152 games. In 2005, Balboa was named to the MLS All-Time Best XI and elected to the National Soccer Hall of Fame on the first ballot along with Nick Folan. In 2005, as part of its tenth anniversary celebrations Major League Soccer, the United States ' top Soccer league named its All-Time Best The National Soccer Hall of Fame and Museum is a Hall of fame in Oneonta New York which honors the achievements of Soccer in the United States
Balboa was known for his bicycle kicks, a near miss in the U. A bicycle kick, chalaca, chilena, overhead kick, or scissors kick is a move in football (soccer which is made by throwing the body S. win over Colombia in the 1994 World Cup; and a goal for the Rapids in 2000 against the Columbus Crew, named the MLS Goal of the Year for that season. The Colombia National Team represents Colombia in international football competitions and is controlled by the Federación Colombiana de Fútbol. The Columbus Crew is a professional soccer club based in Columbus Ohio that participates in Major League Soccer.
After the 2004 MLS season, Balboa assumed a front office position with the Rapids. He is also head coach of the Broomfield Blast U16 soccer team in Broomfield, CO.
Balboa debuted as a sideline reporter during ABC's coverage of the 2003 MLS All-Star Game and MLS Cup. In 2004, he became a regular announcer for ABC and ESPN's television coverage of the U.S. national team. Television ( TV) is a widely used Telecommunication medium for sending ( Broadcasting) and receiving moving Images, either monochromatic The United States men's national soccer team is the national Soccer team of the United States for men and is controlled by the United States Soccer Most recently, Balboa has paired up with baseball announcer Dave O'Brien as networks' #1 U. Dave O'Brien is an American Sportscaster who currently broadcasts various events for ESPN television and Westwood One radio S. announcing team for the 2006 FIFA World Cup. The 2006 FIFA World Cup was the 18th instance of the FIFA World Cup, the quadrennial international football world championship tournament 
In 2007 Marcelo started a soccer radio show, From The Pitch. 
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