Former USMNT star Eric Wynalda involved in altercation at son’s soccer match: report

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According to TMZ, former U.S. national soccer team member Eric Wynalda has been named in a battery report stemming from an altercation while coaching his son’s team.

A player on the opposing team claimed that Winalda insulted his mother and called him a “shithole,” according to a Las Vegas police report.

A skirmish ensued, and the player told police he pushed Wynalda over his comments, leading to a scuffle that left the teenager with scratches.

However, according to TMZ, the boy doesn’t know who hit him.


ESPN commentator Eric Wynalda attends the 2007 MLS SuperDraft at the Indianapolis Convention Center on January 12 in Indianapolis. (A. Messerschmitt/MLS)

TMZ obtained video of the incident, which shows Wynalda talking with an opponent who appeared to be trying to throw the ball after it went wide.

A brawl breaks out between MLS clubs Toronto FC and New York FC after the match.

True to his words, another player comes and lightly pushes Winalda while the referee is right in front of them.

This caused players from Wynalda’s team to jump off the bench and a skirmish began.

Eric Wynalda runs on the soccer field

Eric Wynalda of the United States in action during the game between Scotland (0) and United States (0) held at RFK Stadium in Washington, DC, USA on May 30, 1998. (Simon Brutie/Any Chance/Getty Images)

During the altercation, the original opponent who had the ball threw the ball in Winalda’s face.

TMZ has been told by a source that the game changed after Wynalda’s son received a hard foul, which ruled him out for the rest of the game.

Video from before the altercation showed Wynalda’s son committing a foul and his opponent beginning to curse at the USMNT star.

Eric Wynalda on the soccer pitch

Las Vegas Lights FC head coach Eric Wynalda watches during the first half of a game against New Mexico United at Isotopes Park on October 19, 2019 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. New Mexico United defeated Las Vegas Lights FC 2-0. (Sam Wasson/Getty Images)


At the time of his retirement, Wynalda, 54, had scored a then-record 34 goals for the USMNT and was inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame. He was a member of the national team for three World Cups between 1990 and 1998.

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