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Jan. 16, 2007

David Vanole passes away at 43


David Vanole (right) as Revs goalkeeping coach, standing next to coach Steve Nicol.
David Vanole (right) as Revs goalkeeping coach, standing next to coach Steve Nicol.
Photo by Linda Cuttone/Sports Vue Images
Former U.S. goalkeeper David Vanole, who made a vital penalty-kick save during 1990 World Cup qualifying to preserve a key win, died during a ski vacation in Utah Tuesday. He was 43.

Vanole, who moved to New York last summer to be closer to his wife, Kerry Tatlock, became the first player from that Cup team to pass away. He is believed to have died from a heart-related problem. Vanole's father died from heart complications three months ago.

Vanole, the U.S. keeper at the 1988 Olympics, earned 13 caps with the National Team between 1986-89.

Tall and burly -- the goalkeeper fought a weight problem -- Vanole brought a commanding presence to the goal.

Mike Windischmann, captain of the U.S. team that qualified for the 1990 World Cup, remembered Vanole as a "fun-loving guy. Loved the game of soccer."

"He always trained hard, but off the field he was a funny guy."

Vanole's best known save came against Costa Rica in a key qualifying match on April 30, 1989. The U.S. was clinging to a 1-0 advantage on a Tab Ramos goal in St. Louis.

With time running out in the match, Vanole raced off his goal line to meet a cross and let the ball slip through his hands. Defender Steve Trittschuh, covering Vanole's back on the goal line, stopped the resulting shot by Alvaro Solano with his hand and a penalty kick was whistled.

Vanole tried his best to disrupt the penalty-kick taker, Mauricio Montero. He walked up and stood in front of Montero before the Costa Rican attempted his shot.

Montero's poor attempt was hit straight on, and Vanole did not have to move too far to block it, sending a capacity crowd of 8,500 at St. Louis Soccer Park into a frenzy.

"I tried to psyche the guy, but he wouldn't look at me, and maybe his not looking meant I had him," Vanole said at the time. "I felt I knew exactly what he'd do, and the ball came at me like a pumpkin. It was huge. It was probably coming at me at 100 miles an hour, but it was in slow motion to me."

Windischmann said: "He kind of had the feeling in a dire situation that he would come through with a save."

Vanole was beaten out for the top two spots on the 1990 team by Tony Meola and Kasey Keller..

Vanole became a team cheerleader for the team in Italy.

He also played for the U.S. five-a-side team.

"He just commanded the box," Windischmann said. "He was very passionate about the game. Very vocal, too."

Vanole, who starred for UCLA from 1981-1985, helping the Bruins to the NCAA Division I championship in 1985.

He went on to play professionally for the Los Angeles Heat and was a member of the San Francisco Bay Blackhawks team that captured the 1991 American Professional Soccer League title. He also was a member of the Pro Beach Soccer tour for four years.

Vanole went into coaching as he was an assistant national coach for the UCLA's men's and women's team, the U.S. Women's National Team and the U.S. Men's Under-20 side. He also was goalkeeper coach for D.C. United and the Washington Freedom (Women's United Soccer Association).

He joined the Revs as goalkeeper coach in 2004 before he stepped down in July 2006 to be closer to his wife.

Revs coach Steve Nicol praised Vanole, who guided several professional goalkeepers, including New England's Matt Reis.

"Matt has had great success with Dave," Nicol told "He has really come on in the last couple of years. I am the boss overall but he was the goalkeepers' boss and if I had any questions about them I would go straight to him. I don't remember going against anything he recommended."

Vanole's family has made private funeral arrangements in New York City Saturday and California.
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