Bob Rooney (soccer)

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Robert “Bob” Rooney was a U.S. soccer center forward who spent his playing career in the St. Louis leagues. He also earned two caps with the U.S. national team in 1957.

Personal[edit]

Rooney grew up in the Dogtown area of St. Louis, attending St. James Grade School and St. Louis University High School. As a youth, he played both football and baseball in addition to soccer spending five seasons with a St. Louis Cardinals farm team. Even while playing in the local St. Louis soccer leagues, Rooney earned a living as a St. Louis policeman.[1]

Club career[edit]

Rooney played for the St. James the Greater Grade School boys' soccer team in the CYC league in 1945.[2] and for St. Louis Kutis S.C. during the mid-1950s when they were a dominant U.S. team. Kutis won the 1957 National Amateur Cup and National Challenge Cup.[3] He was inducted into the St. Louis Soccer Hall of Fame in 1984.[4]

National team[edit]

After Kutis won the 1957 National Cup, the US Football Association decided to call up the entire team to represent the U.S. in two World Cup qualification games. As a result, Rooney earned two caps with the U.S. national team, both losses to Canada. The first was a 5-1 loss on June 22, 1957. The second game was a July 6 loss to Canada.[5]

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