Tab is a true soccer legend in the United States He is the current U-20 National Team Head Coach and US Soccer Federation’s Youth Technical Director. Inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame in 2005, Tab burst into the national soccer scene as a high school sensation at St. Benedict’s Prep in New Jersey where he broke the all-time scoring record with 161 goals, a record which still stands. After an All-America career at the North Carolina State University he was selected to the US National Team and played in the 1988 Seoul Olympics.
In 1990 he played in the first of three Word Cups as a member of the US National Team when he helped qualify the US for the World Cup in Italy, which marked the return of the team to the tournament after a 40-year absence. In addition to playing in USA ’94 and France ’98 World Cups, he was the captain of the team in the 1993 Copa America. Tab ended his international career in the year 2000 with 81 Caps (international appearances for the US national Team).
As a professional, he was the first American player to sign a professional contract to play in Spain when he signed with UE Figueres in 1990 and then moved to Real Betis in 1992. After moving on to Tigres in Liga MX in 1995, he was the first player to sign a contract with Major League Soccer in 1996. Tab has broken many barriers in the sport and has been featured in many national sponsorship campaigns including Nike, Subway, Pepsi, McDonald’s, Snickers and ESPN Sports Center. In additional to his many commercials, he appeared on the box of Kellogg’s Raisin Bran cereal in a nationwide campaign in 1996.
As his playing career came to an end, he set his sights on coaching and is one of only 30 people with a US “Pro” License. As a head coach, he has taken the U-20 team to three World Cups with a 6th place finish in Korea 2017. That same year he made history by winning the first U-20 CONCACAF Championship for the USA. He has also been an assistant coach for the US senior team, including representing the team during Brazil 2014. As a player and coach Tab has appeared in 9 World Cups, the only American to do so.
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Andres Cantor’s dedication and exceptional high-quality work over the past 39 years, has made him an internationally acclaimed sportscaster. Cantor has been the lead Soccer Play-by-Play announcer for Telemundo since 2000 and made his English language debut as the play-by-play announcer for NBC Sports during the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney. Today, in addition to his duties on Telemundo, he is a frequent contributor to NBC and NBC Sports Network for their coverage of the EPL and the Olympic Games.
Cantor, whose famous “Gooooal” call punctuates his fast-paced work when calling soccer matches, has been described as a key figure in the growth of soccer in the U.S. He was named the 9th most influential person in the game of soccer by Soccer America magazine. FIFA named him one of the top 10 broadcasters in the world and singled him out as the number one from North America, in any language. His distinguished track record as a sports journalist is highlighted by his coverage of the past eight World Cups.
In Radio, Cantor can be heard daily on his syndicated radio program, Futbol de Primera which airs in over 100 markets across the US. His company, Futbol de Primera (FDP) was started by Cantor 30 years ago and is dedicated to the promotion of the game and is the rights holder for all FIFA tournaments.
Cantor has been recognized for his accomplishments on many occasions. He has won a Lifetime Achievement Emmy, three Sports Emmys for play-by-play announcer, four Emmys for his participation on televised broadcasts and a regional Emmy as well. The American Sportscaster Association named him “Sports Personality of the Year”, an honor previously bestowed upon John Madden and Dick Vitale. The Hispanic Heritage Foundation at the Kennedy Center bestowed him with their highest honor in sports and is their only non-athlete to win the award.