This article is about an American soccer player. For others of this name, please, see Gensler (disambiguation).
Date of birth
(1941-07-01) July 1, 1941 (age 75)
Place of birth
U.S. Under-19 National Team
UW–Milwaukee Panthers (NCAA)
U.S. Under-20 National Team
Kansas City Wizards
Toronto FC (assistant)
Bob Gansler (born July 1, 1941 in Mucsi, Hungary) is a Hungarian-born American soccer player and coach of German descent. He coached the US National Team at the 1990 World Cup, the tem’s first appearance at the tournament since 1950.
Gansler spent the 2007 MLS Season in Canada as an assistant coach for Toronto FC. He left the team after their successful first season to spend more time with his wife, Nancy, five sons, ( Bob, Peter, Michael, and Danny ) and 11 grandchildren. The grandchildren are Ben, Nick, Erika, Alex, Andrew, Abby, Ryan, Anna, Bryan, Lennon, and Milo. Previously, Gansler coached the Kansas City Wizards, winning the club’s first MLS Cup in 2000 and the US Open Cup in 2004. He also coached the Milwaukee Rampage to the A-League title in 1997. He stepped down from his coaching position with the Wizards on July 19, 2006.
As a player, Gansler made 25 appearances for the United States between 1963 and 1969, captaining the 1964 and 1968 Olympic and 1967 Pan American Teams. Of his 25 appearances, only 5, all in 1968, came in games considered full internationals.
Gansler played for the Chicago Mustangs of the National Professional Soccer League in 1967. When the NPSL merged with the United Soccer Association to form the North American Soccer League, the Spurs likewise merged with the Chicago Mustangs, and Gansler played with the Mustangs of the NASL in 1968.
Gansler served in various coaching positions with the national teams beginning in 1975. In the late 1980s, he served as the coach of the U.S. U-20 national team while also coaching the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee men’s soccer team. On January 16, 1989, the United States Soccer Federation hired him as the full-time coach for the United States men’s national soccer team, replacing Lothar Osiander. Gansler’s tenure