Former U.S. keeper Vanole dies suddenly at 43

January 11, 2007

SALT LAKE CITY -- David Vanole, a goalkeeper who started for the United States at the 1988 Olympics and helped the Americans qualify for the 1990 World Cup, has died. He was 43.

Vanole, who lived in New York, collapsed at dinner Monday in Salt Lake City during a family skiing vacation and later died, NBA spokesman Brian McIntyre said Wednesday.

Vanole's wife, Kerry Tatlock, is the NBA's senior director of global marketing partnerships.

"Vanole was one of the pioneers at the start of a new era for U.S. soccer," U.S. Soccer Federation president Sunil Gulati said. "He should be remembered for that right alongside the other early stars of the sport in our country."

Vanole, who was born Feb. 6, 1963, in Redondo Beach, Calif., was a member of UCLA's 1985 NCAA championship team and helped the U.S. national team qualify for its first World Cup in 40 years. He made 13 overall appearances and went 3-0-2 in qualifiers from 1986-89.

Battling a weight problem, he lost the starting job to Tony Meola in 1989. The following January, he boycotted a training camp in a contract dispute, but was picked for the World Cup roster as a backup to Meola.

Vanole became a coach, working with goalkeepers for the U.S. under-20 team at the 1999 FIFA World Youth Championship and the women's national team at the 2000 Sydney Olympics. He was a goalkeeper coach at UCLA from 1995-2000, working with both the men's and women's teams, and coached with Major League Soccer's New England Revolution from 2004-06.

He is survived by his wife, a former Women's United Soccer Association official. They were married in July 2005.

A funeral was scheduled for Saturday in New York and a memorial service for Jan. 28 in Manhattan Beach, Calif.


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