Mike Windischmann

A defender who was captain of the United States team in the 1990 World Cup in Italy.

Windischmann, who was born in Germany and grew up in Brooklyn, played 51 full internationals for the United States between 1984 and 1990. In addition to the three games at the 1990 World Cup, those caps included 13 World Cup qualifiers in 1985, 1988 and 1989. He became captain of the U.S. team after Ricky Davis was injured in early 1989, and held that role through all eight World Cup qualifiers that the United States played in 1989, including the crucial win in Trinidad that boosted the United States into the World Cup for the first time in 40 years. In addition to his national-team appearances, he also played for the United States at the 1988 Olympic Games in Korea.

Windischmann played most of his club career for the Brooklyn Italians of New York’s Cosmopolitan League. He also played for the Albany Capitals of the third American Soccer League.

Inducted in 2004.

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