May 5th - Eric the Great Inducted to US Soccer Hall of Fame

Discussion in 'San Jose Earthquakes' started by IBleedTeal, May 5, 2004.

  1. IBleedTeal

    IBleedTeal Member+

    Jun 2, 2001
    Yves Fiat
    Club:
    Juventus FC
  2. BlueMeanie

    BlueMeanie New Member

    Apr 1, 2002
    EastSIIIIDE
    Re: May 5th - Eric the Great Inducted

    This rocks. Because he was hyperactive as a kid, he had to overcome a lot to get to an elite level. Great Nat player, one of (if not *the*) best SF Bay Blackhawks ever, and of course, the scorer of the first goal in MLS history.

    Still not sure which nickname should go on his plaque. He was "Fluffy" on the Blackhawks, then "Waldo" on the Nats, but also "The Finisher" in early MLS propaganda.

    John Shrader mentioned this on KNBR this afternoon, too.
     
  3. Hawkeye17

    Hawkeye17 DynaChick v QuakeBabe v WildKate v Chewie23

    Aug 25, 1999
    Miami Vice 82
    Club:
    San Jose Earthquakes
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Re: May 5th - Eric the Great Inducted

    Love him or hate him, he also had to deal with attention deficit disorder to get where he is today in his post soccer career as well, be in broadcast booth or writing.

    Despite whatever was said about him or debating about the "could have beens" in his playing days, he's earned his spot in the Hall. So, congrats to Waldo. Cheers!
     
  4. IBleedTeal

    IBleedTeal Member+

    Jun 2, 2001
    Yves Fiat
    Club:
    Juventus FC
    Re: May 5th - Eric the Great Inducted

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  5. BlueMeanie

    BlueMeanie New Member

    Apr 1, 2002
    EastSIIIIDE
    From today's Merc:

    Wynalda makes Hall, but holds grudge

    Apparently, he wants to go into the HoF wearing the colors of the Chicago Flaming, as a childish protest against Peter Bridgwater and Laurie Calloway, who "ruined his career." WAAAAAAAAAAAAH! "They made us wear ugly jackets." WAAAAAAAAH! (Egads, if he thought the jackets were ugly, what about the Clash uniforms? Huh?) Still, congrats to him, but this article puts an ugly spin on an otherwise nice moment.

    (If you get prompted for an email and password to see the story, enter "bigsoccer@bigsoccer.com" and "bigsoccer")
     
  6. Albany58

    Albany58 Member+

    Sep 14, 1999
    Concord, CA USA
    Club:
    San Jose Earthquakes
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I'm sorry to hear that. Maybe we should ask them to let him in in an Earthquakes uni. I remember there were a lot of hard-feelings about Eric's attitude when I first started coming to the games in '99, and that he had a lot of problems with the previous coach, Calloway, but I never saw him on the field in a Clash uniform, he was injured so much at that time. I think the first time I saw him play was after he had been traded to Miami [?] and they played against the Clash at Spartan. However, his work in the broadcast booth has been excellent.
    Anyway, suck it up, Eric and go in in the Clash kit!!!
     
  7. BlueMeanie

    BlueMeanie New Member

    Apr 1, 2002
    EastSIIIIDE
    His bad blood with Calloway goes all the way back to the San Francisco Bay Blackhawks of the APSL, when he first accused Calloway of trying to sabotage his career because Calloway didn't want Eric missing so many club games for non-essential USMNT friendlies. Things obviously didn't get any better for their relationship in MLS.
     
  8. BlueMeanie

    BlueMeanie New Member

    Apr 1, 2002
    EastSIIIIDE
    Jim Rome (on KNBR 1050 AM) just mentioned Wynalda refusing to go into the Hall in Quakes garb. He says more on that coming up. FYI. (However, it's very typical of Rome to say he's going to get to a soccer story later in the show, then never get to it.)
     
  9. terp fan

    terp fan New Member

    Nov 21, 2000
    Amazing how everyone seems to think he was a great player, how many teams in MLS let him go...four I think. He's just an example of another player that the league got too good for, if he had stayed productive he would still be playing in the league, what is he 34? Congrat's on the Hall but he should be happy he's not starting his career now because he might not have lasted too long.
     
  10. BlueMeanie

    BlueMeanie New Member

    Apr 1, 2002
    EastSIIIIDE
    I disagree. The problem for players like Wynalda, Lalas and Doyle is that they were already on the downslope of their careers when MLS kicked off in '96. They were more important to MLS from a name-recognition standpoint than they were as players.

    Did anyone else hear Rome? It was classic. He got off his blast at Wynalda, soccer, MLS, etc. at around 10:30. Wynalda's phone rang off the hook from friends telling him about it, so he called in later, and did a pretty good 10-minute interview with Rome. He defended wearing the Fire jersey in the HoF because he wasn't on the Earthquakes, he was on the Clash, and they don't exist anymore. He blamed San Jose sucking so much in the early years on "two British guys" (Bridgwater and Callaway), whom he called "dinosaurs." He discussed Adu, and feels too much is expected from him right now. Finally, he announced he's going to pursue getting a gig in the NFL as a kicker (sounded serious about it).
     
  11. spejic

    spejic Cautionary example

    Mar 1, 1999
    San Rafael, CA
    Club:
    San Jose Earthquakes
    Umm.. you do know that in his last year, he led Chicago with 10 goals and 5 assists, while only playing half a season's worth of minutes, right?
     
  12. gilmoreaz

    gilmoreaz Member

    Aug 19, 2003
    Peoria, Arizona
    Posted by Terp Fan:

    Amazing how everyone seems to think he was a great player, how many teams in MLS let him go...four I think. He's just an example of another player that the league got too good for, if he had stayed productive he would still be playing in the league, what is he 34?

    Response: Hey Terp Fan, at 34 he is the all-time leading scorer for the United States in international play! Scored the first ever MLS goal... He is quite deserving of the hall. If you look at the list of others that were up for induction, it wasn't even close!

    Please do your homework before posting a reply here!
     
  13. Quaker

    Quaker Member

    FC Dallas
    Apr 19, 2000
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Not surprisingly, Laurie Calloway has a different view of how things went down with Eric Wynalda and the Clash. Calloway is countering the accusation by saying Wynalda was responsible for his demise. It's no wonder the team sucked in the early years. Can't we just all get along?

    Calloway reverses Wynalda's story (SJ Mercury News)
     
  14. QuakeAttack

    QuakeAttack Member+

    Apr 10, 2002
    California - Bay Area
    Club:
    San Jose Earthquakes
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Ah yes, brings back memories of when Eric payed for a plane to fly around the stadium during a game with a banner that said "Fire Calloway!". It's nice to see the love hasn't been lost...

    It's well documented that all three didn't help the Clash. Glad those days are past. Hopefully forever...
     
  15. Albany58

    Albany58 Member+

    Sep 14, 1999
    Concord, CA USA
    Club:
    San Jose Earthquakes
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Don't you just love a cat fight like this? Maybe we should get the two of them to duel it out with bean bags on the center line at Spartan. Sounds like a couple of old ladies arguing over their ----. :p
     
  16. QuakeAttack

    QuakeAttack Member+

    Apr 10, 2002
    California - Bay Area
    Club:
    San Jose Earthquakes
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    $5 on Calloway... ;)
     
  17. OldFanatic

    OldFanatic Member

    Jan 12, 2004
    Bay Area
    Club:
    San Jose Earthquakes
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Any such event should be followed by a cat fight between Steve Sampson and John Harkes.

    And then a cat fight between Wynalda and John Harkes if they both come out winners of their own fights.
     
  18. Spartacus

    Spartacus Member

    May 20, 2001
    The NO SOCCER Zone
    As Columbus Crew midfielder Simon Elliott said while doing commentary on last year's Eastern Conference Finals...

    "Handbags at 20 paces!"
     

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