Eric Wynalda grew up in Westlake Village, California. As a child his team (the Westlake Wolves, with Eric's father Dave as the head coach) won the State Championship in AYSO soccer. Eric scored more goals than the entire division his team played in, 56 goals in 16 games. An instinctual "goal scorer" was born. He later attended Westlake High School with future US National Team mate Cobi Jones where Eric was a three times All-State selection. 

Eric attended San Diego State University from 1987 to 1989 where he played for the Aztecs, scoring 34 goals and assisting on 25 others during his three seasons. His freshman year, SDSU went to the NCAA Men's Soccer Championship game where they lost to the Clemson University Tigers.

Eric Wynalda is the first American to play in the Bundesliga, with Club Saarbrucken.  Wynalda was awarded the Bundesliga Best New Comer of The Year Award in 1992, making him the first American-born player to receive an honor of that magnitude overseas. Wynalda scored 14 goals and had 25 assists in the 1993–1994 season of the 2nd Bundesliga and was named the league's best player; again making him the first American-born player to receive that type of honor in a European league

Wynalda came back to the States in 1996, signing with Major League Soccer (MLS). As part of the process of creating the new league, well known players from the WC94 were distributed throughout the league's new teams. The league assigned Wynalda to the San Jose Clash.  On April 6, 1996 Wynalda scored the first goal in league history in the new league;s inaugural game, as the Clash beat DC United 1–0. Eric was named US Soccer Athlete of The Year 1996

Eric Wynalda represented the United States of America in 3 World Cup Championships (1990, 1994, 1998).

Wynalda retired from the US National Team as its all-time leading scorer with 34 goals in 106 appearances

Wynalda was named the Honda US Player of the Decade for the 1990s, was named to the CONCACAF All-Decade Team of the 1990s and was inducted into the National Soccer Hall Of Fame in 2004. In 2006 Eric was inducted into the Ventura County Sports Hall of Fame

After stints with Club Leon in Mexico, the Miami Fusion, the New England Revolution and the Chicago Fire, Eric Wynalda retired from professional soccer in 2002 and easily transitioned into broadcast journalism. His wit, humor and honesty in front of the camera has made him a fan favorite worldwide.

Eric Wynalda can be seen on Fox Soccer Channel as an analyst during pre-game, half-time, and post-game segments for the UEFA Champions League and other special broadcast of games and events.

Eric Wynalda is a Founding Member of FutbolMasters and an Ambassador of Players For Peace. He is an iconic, historical character and personality in the world of football and a significant figure within the fabric of USA Soccer History.

Carlos Alberto Torres, Eric Wynalda, Ambassador Heraldo Munoz
UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, Elias Figueroa, Teofilo Cubillas
Photo Credit: Steve Leighton