U.S. coach Myernick in intensive care after heart attack

October 6, 2006

THORNTON, Colo. -- Glenn Myernick, an assistant coach for the U.S. soccer team and a former head coach of Major League Soccer's Colorado Rapids, had a heart attack and was in an intensive care unit Friday.

Myernick, who collapsed Thursday, was at North Suburban Medical Center and had not regained consciousness, former U.S. Soccer Federation president Bob Contiguglia said Friday. Contiguglia visited Myernick on Friday and said several Colorado players also were there.

The 51-year-old Myernick, nicknamed "Mooch," coached the Rapids from 1997-01, became an assistant to U.S. coach Bruce Arena in 2002 and also coached the U.S. Olympic team from 2002-2004, when it failed to qualify for the Athens Games.

A winner of the 1976 Hermann Trophy while at Hartwick College, he made 10 appearances for the U.S. national team from 1975-79.

His heart attack was first reported by SI.com.


Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press