|Date of birth||August 8, 1967|
|Place of birth||Chicago, Illinois, United States|
|Height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|1988–1989||San Diego State Aztecs|
|1987–1989||San Diego Nomads||(8)|
|1990–1991||San Francisco Bay||15||(7)|
|*Club domestic league appearances and goals|
Marcelo Balboa (born August 8, 1967) is an American former professional soccer who played as a defender in the 1990s for the United States national team, becoming its captain. He is a member of the National Soccer Hall of Fame.
After retiring from playing, he has worked as a commentator for ESPN and ABC and MLS games on HDNet and Altitude, as well as FIFA World Cup games on Univision. He is the head boys' soccer coach for Monarch High School in Louisville, Colorado
Balboa, who is of Argentine descent, was born in Chicago, Illinois, and grew up in Cerritos, California. Balboa played youth soccer for Fram-Culver, which won the 1986 McGuire Cup (U-19 National Championship). Balboa's father, Luis Balboa who played professionally in Argentina and with the Chicago Mustangs of the North American Soccer League, coached him. In 1985, Balboa graduated from Cerritos High School.
Balboa attended Cerritos College, a local two-year community college from 1986 to 1987. At Cerritos, Balboa was both placekicker on the football team and a two-time 1st Team All-South Coast Conference soccer player. Cerritos College has retired Balboa's jersey number – #3. In 1988, Balboa transferred to San Diego State University where he was a 1988 First Team and a 1989 Second Team All American soccer player.
From 1987 to 1989, Balboa played the collegiate off-seasons on an amateur contract with the professional San Diego Nomads of the Western Soccer League. He was the 1988 WSA MVP. In 1990, Balboa began his professional career with the San Francisco Bay Blackhawks of the American Professional Soccer League. In 1992, he moved to the Colorado Foxes. He played for León in the Mexican League in 1995 and 1996.
In 1996, Balboa signed with Major League Soccer and the Colorado Rapids. Balboa played six seasons for the Rapids, leading as the team's all-time leader in many statistical categories. Traded to the MetroStars in 2002, he played only five minutes all year, sitting out the rest with injuries, and retiring afterwards.
Balboa ended his MLS career with 24 goals and 23 assists in 152 games. In 2005, Balboa was named to the MLS All-Time Best XI and elected to the National Soccer Hall of Fame on the first ballot along with Nick Folan. In 2012, he was inducted into the Colorado Hall of Fame.
A goal by Balboa for the Rapids in 2000 against the Columbus Crew was named the MLS Goal of the Year for that season.
Balboa earned his first cap with United States national team on January 10, 1988 against Guatemala. He anchored the American defense in the 1990 and the 1994 FIFA World Cups, in the latter receiving international attention for his near miss with a bicycle kick in the United States' win over Colombia. He was named U.S. Soccer Athlete of the Year in 1992 and 1994. In 1995, he became the first United States player to break the 100-cap barrier. In 1998, he joined Tab Ramos and Eric Wynalda as the first United States players to play in three World Cups. Balboa ended his United States career with 128 caps and 13 goals, and his final appearance came in a friendly against Iran on January 16, 2000.
After the 2004 MLS season, Balboa assumed a front office position with the Rapids.
Balboa debuted as a sideline reporter during ABC's coverage of the 2003 MLS All-Star Game and MLS Cup. In 2004, he became a regular announcer for ABC and ESPN's television coverage of the United States national team. Most recently, Balboa has paired up with baseball announcer Dave O'Brien as networks' #1 U.S. announcing team for the 2006 FIFA World Cup.
In 2007, Balboa started a soccer radio show, From The Pitch, which airs on Denver station Mile High Sports Radio. Balboa served as an analyst for NBC Sports coverage of Soccer at the 2008 Summer Olympics. He has been a guest soccer analyst on Telefutura's Contacto Deportivo.
In 2014, he was commentator of the United States team matches for Univision at the World Cup in Brazil.
In 2012, Monarch High School hired Balboa to coach the boys' soccer team.
Balboa, who is the son of Argentine immigrants, resides in the town of Superior, Colorado.
|1||May 30, 1990||Eschen, Liechtenstein||Liechtenstein||2–1||4–1||Friendly|
|2||June 29, 1991||Pasadena, California, United States||Trinidad and Tobago||2–1||2–1||1991 Gold Cup|
|3||August 28, 1991||Brasov, Romania||Romania||1–0||2–0||Friendly|
|4||February 2, 1992||Pontiac, Michigan, United States||CIS||1–0||2–0||Friendly|
|5||May 30, 1992||Washington, D.C., United States||Republic of Ireland||2–1||3–1||1992 U.S. Cup|
|6||October 19, 1992||Riyadh, Saudi Arabia||Ivory Coast||1–0||5–2||1992 King Fahd Cup|
|7||January 15, 1994||Tempe, Arizona, United States||Norway||1–1||2–1||Friendly|
|8||February 13, 1994||Hong Kong||Romania||1–1||1–2||1994 Carlsberg Cup|
|9||March 12, 1994||Fullerton, California, United States||South Korea||1–1||1–1||Friendly|
|10||May 7, 1994||Fullerton, California, United States||Estonia||3–0||4–0||Friendly|
|11||June 11, 1995||Foxborough, Massachusetts, United States||Nigeria||2–2||3–2||1995 U.S. Cup|
|12||January 16, 1996||Anaheim, California, United States||Trinidad and Tobago||2–0||2–0||1996 Gold Cup|
|13||March 14, 1997||San Diego, California, United States||Paraguay||2–1||2–2||Friendly|