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Marcelo Balboa is an American former soccer defender who played in the 1990s for the U.S. national team, becoming its captain. After retiring from playing, he has worked as a commentator for ESPN and ABC and MLS games on HDNet and Altitude. He is a member of the National Soccer Hall of Fame.
Balboa, who is of Argentine descent, grew up in Cerritos, California, and was a product of the American Youth Soccer Organization program in Southern California, where he played for his father, Luis Balboa. Luis was a professional player in Argentina and also played with the Chicago Mustangs of the North American Soccer League.
After playing in college at San Diego State University, Marcelo Balboa anchored the American defense in the 1990 and the 1994 FIFA World Cups . He was named U.S. Soccer Athlete of the Year in 1992 and 1994. In 1995, he became the first U.S. player to break the 100-cap barrier.
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