As a studio analyst for FOX Sports’ soccer programming, National Soccer Hall of Fame member and former U.S. Men’s National Team star Eric Wynalda brings impressive on and off-the-field credentials to the network’s coverage of the world’s biggest club soccer competitions. Wynalda serves as a studio analyst for the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League, MLS, and FIFA World Cups. In May 2014, he called the first-ever all Spanish UEFA Champions League Final, live from Lisbon’s Stadium of Light, alongside FOX Sports’ play-by-play announcer Gus Johnson.
OUT IN FRONT
A native of Fullerton, Calif., Wynalda enjoyed considerable success for both club and country. He earned his first cap with the U.S. Men’s National Team at age 20 and subsequently a spot on the 1990 FIFA World Cup™ roster. After playing in the 1994 and 1998 World Cups, Wynalda retired from National Team duty in 2000 as the all-time leading scorer in American history with 34 goals in his 106 career caps. Eric was inducted into the U.S. National Soccer Hall of Fame in 2004.
Professionally, Wynalda played for the San Francisco Bay Blackhawks of the American Professional Soccer League before moving to Bundesliga club Saarbrucken in 1992, making him the first American-born player to play for a top-level German team. With the launch of Major League Soccer in 1996, Eric returned to America to play for the San Jose Clash. Over the next five years he saw action with the Miami Fusion, New England Revolution and Chicago Fire before hanging up his cleats in 2001.
FOLLOWING THE PATH
Upon retiring, Wynada went to work building a successful career in broadcasting. He was a match commentator and studio analyst on ESPN’s coverage of the FIFA World Cup™, Major League Soccer and NCAA College Cup before joining FOX Soccer in 2009.
At FOX Soccer, Wynalda served as co-host of FOX Football Fone-In and as host of the network’s World Cup preview show, Passport to South Africa. In May 2010, he played an integral role as an on-site correspondent for both FOX Soccer and FOX Sports’ coverage of the UEFA Champions League Final in Madrid.
Wynalda starred at San Diego State University with the soccer team and he currently resides in Los Angeles with his family.