Wolfgang Suhnholz, a former Bayern Munich player who made an impact in the original North American Soccer League as Soccer Bowl ’76 MVP before turning to coaching, has passed away.
He was 73.
Born in Berlin Sept. 14, 1946, Suhnholz played with several German clubs and Grasshopper Club Zurich before joining the Boston Minutemen for the 1975 season.
During the failing Minutemen’s fire sale in 1976, he was dealt to the Vancouver Whitecaps before joining the Toronto Metros-Croatia.
He an immediate impact with Toronto as field general in four games in the regular season. Moreover, Suhnholz played in four playoff games, including the Metros-Croatia’s 3-0 victory over the favored Minnesota Kicks in Soccer Bowl as he was named game MVP>
Suhnholz played with the Las Vegas Quicksilvers, Los Angeles Aztecs and California Surf before retiring in 1980.
He eventually settled in Austin, Texas and coached several local teams before guiding the U.S. Under-20 national team from 1999-2001.
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