American soccer hero hasn’t forgotten his roots


GOAL!—Soccer star Eric Wynalda of Westlake Village talks at The Crown & Anchor Pub in Thousand Oaks, the home for soccer fans in the Conejo Valley. Even when Wynalda was playing in local youth soccer leagues growing up, friend Irish John Gore knew he was bound for greatness.
I first met Eric Wynalda in 1977. He was playing soccer in Westlake Village in AYSO’s Region 9. I was a soccer correspondent for Scripps Newspapers and had heard there was a youngster with great athletic abil...

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