Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Former US goalkeeper David Vanole has died

David Vanole, the US keeper during the 1988 Olympics and backup keeper to Tony Meola in the 1990 World Cup, died in Salt Lake City while on vacation with his family.

"Vanole became a coach, working with goalkeepers for the U.S. under-20 team at the 1999 FIFA World Youth Championship and the women's national team at the 2000 Sydney Olympics. He was a goalkeeper coach at UCLA from 1995-2000, working with both the men's and women's teams, and coached with Major League Soccer's New England Revolution from 2004-06."

Vanole was just 43. He will be missed.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dave was an amazing person, on the turf and off. He should be remembered for his athletic ability and grace off the pitch. He was a great friend, husband, sibling, and son. May he rest in peace.

3:08 AM  
Anonymous MikeAllard said...

I have to agree 100% w/ both of the blogs above....Dave from my perspective was and will always be my Hero ! Growing up as a kid in Manhattan Beach...I had the honor of meeting David just before he went to the World Cup in '90 and when he got back he started training me as a goalkeeper! Not only was he an awesome coach and inspirational one at that he also became a friend which I think was something that happened often w/ David. I had the opportunity to play sand soccer w/ David and alot of the MNT when they'd practice on the beach tour and also I was given the opportunity to do a couple of camps w/ him as well. From being at the memorial service it was obvious how many lives Dave truly touched....from the MNT to the WNT it was a who's who of soccer....He will be greatly missed in the South Bay and all over the soccer community....Dino you left an amazing Legacy and lived life the way we all should "To the FULLEST" RIP ..... I CAN'T wait to see those power dives on the big pitch up in the sky :)

11:04 PM  

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