Werner Roth (soccer, born 1948)
|Date of birth||April 4, 1948|
|Place of birth||Yugoslavia|
|1972–1979||New York Cosmos||125||(2)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Werner Roth (born April 4, 1948) is a retired American professional soccer defender. Mainly associated with the New York Cosmos, he also represented the United States men's national soccer team for three years. He is a member of the National Soccer Hall of Fame.
Born in Yugoslavia, Roth emigrated to the United States at age eight, going on to become a rising star in American soccer through the 1960s. He attended Brooklyn Technical High School, playing on the varsity squad from 1962 to 1966, and captaining the team in his senior year.
One of the few Americans on a star-studded New York Cosmos side (i.e. Pelé, Franz Beckenbauer), Roth played with the club seven years, and helped it to the Soccer Bowl title in 1977. He also appeared 15 times for his adopted country's national team, in the 1970s.
Movie career / Personal
Roth played German soccer team captain Baumann in the 1981 movie Victory (titled Escape to Victory in Europe), which also featured former Cosmos teammate Pelé, as well as Sylvester Stallone and Michael Caine. He was inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame in 1989.