Arnie Mausser

A goalkeeper who played 10 seasons in the North American Soccer League and was the U.S. national team goalkeeper for much of that time.

Mausser began his NASL career with the Hartford Bicentennials in 1975, after having led the Rhode Island Oceaneers to the American Soccer League championship the year before. He then played for six other NASL teams over the next eight seasons.

He was chosen as the NASL’s goalkeeper of the year in 1981, when he was with the Jacksonville Tea Men, and was a first-team NASL all-star in 1976, when he was with the Tampa Bay Rowdies. He was one of only four Americans chosen as first-team all-stars in the NASL’s last 10 seasons. In the course of his NASL career, he played in 224 regular-season games and nine playoff games.

Mausser played for the United States national team 35 times over a 10-year period, which was a record for U.S. national-team caps at the time. He played his first game for the United States against Poland in Hartford in 1975 and his last against England in Los Angeles in 1985. During that time, he was the United States goalkeeper in the qualifying rounds of the 1978, 1982 and 1986 World Cups, as well as on many other occasions.

Inducted in 2003.