Paul Caligiuri attended UCLA from 1982 to 1985. During his four seasons with the Bruins he was twice named an NCAA All-American. He also captained the Bruins to an NCAA Championship his junior year.
Caligiuri's professional career spanned 16 years. He played for numerous teams in the United States and Germany. During his 16 years as a defensive midfielder with the national team, he earned 110 caps and scored five goals. Caligiuri is best remembered for his game-winning goal widely dubbed the "Shot heard round the world," which he scored in a 1–0 World Cup qualifier victory over Trinidad and Tobago on November 19, 1989. The victory qualified the United States for the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy, its first World Cup berth since 1950. There Caligiuri notched the first World Cup goal for the U.S. national team in 40 years, scoring in a 5–1 defeat against Czechoslovakia.
In 2004, Caligiuri was inducted into the U.S. National Soccer Hall of Fame. He has served as an athlete representative on the board of directors of the United States Soccer Federation. Caligiuri has also served as Head Coach for the Orange County Football Club, Men's Semi-Pro soccer team in the National Premier Soccer League.
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