Eric Wynalda reveals what he did with Andrés Escobar’s set
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Eric Wynalda reveals what he did with Andrés Escobar’s set

Football

The former USMNT all-time leading goalscorer spoke to the Kickin It crew on CBS Golazo and revealed what he did with Andrés Escobar’s 1994 World Cup kit.

Eric Wynalda
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Andrés Escobar died tragically on July 2, 1994, shortly after the FIFA World Cup held in the United States. He was shot dead in his hometown of Medellín, Colombia. The exact motive for the murder is unclear, but it is widely believed to be related to an own goal he scored against the United States at the World Cup, which contributed to Colombia’s elimination from the tournament.

Escobar infamously scored an own goal in Colombia’s second major World Cup match against the USMNT. The United States then had one of the most memorable performances in history and defeated Colombia 2-1 to advance to the round of 16.

One of the key players of this team was the shooter Eric Wynalda, who revealed in an interview what he did with the defender’s kit. In this story, Wynalda talks about his favorite World Cup moments with the CBS Golazo Kickin it team.

Eric Wynalda on Andrés Escobar

Eric Wynalda proposed to the Kickin It crew“I swapped shirts with Escobar, I had this shirt and I gave it to his family. I went to Medellin and gave it to my family. It was the right thing to do.”

Andres Escobar

Wynalda also stated: “(on the feelings of giving the set back to the Escobar family) It was amazing, really emotional and intense.

Wynalda also talked about the intensity of the match against Colombia and celebrating with his teammates after the match.

Eric Wynalda had a prolific soccer career, representing the United States at three FIFA World Cups and playing for clubs in Germany, as well as the San Jose Clash and Chicago Fire in Major League Soccer. After retiring, he moved into coaching and broadcasting, leaving a lasting impact on American soccer both on and off the field.

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