Wally Ziaja

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Wally Ziaja
Personal information
Full nameWalter Eric Ziaja
Date of birth(1949-07-02) July 2, 1949 (age 64)
Place of birthLinz, Austria
Height5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing positionDefender
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
1973Atlanta Chiefs1(0)
1974Denver Dynamos5(0)
National team
1973United States4(0)
Teams managed
Arrowhead High School
Whitefish Bay High School
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
 
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Wally Ziaja
Personal information
Full nameWalter Eric Ziaja
Date of birth(1949-07-02) July 2, 1949 (age 64)
Place of birthLinz, Austria
Height5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing positionDefender
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
1973Atlanta Chiefs1(0)
1974Denver Dynamos5(0)
National team
1973United States4(0)
Teams managed
Arrowhead High School
Whitefish Bay High School
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Walter “Wally” Ziaja (born July 2, 1949) is a retired American soccer defender. He spent two seasons in the North American Soccer League and was a member of the U.S. soccer team at the 1972 Summer Olympics. He also earned four caps with the U.S. national team between 1971 and 1973.

Player[edit]

National teams[edit]

Ziaja was selected to play with the U.S. team at 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich. The U.S. went 0-2-1 in group play and failed to qualify for the second round. Ziaja played only one match, the 7-0 loss to West Germany.[1] He earned his first cap on March 20, 1973 in a 4-0 loss to Poland. His last game was a 2-0 loss to Israel on November 15, 1973.[2]

Professional[edit]

In 1973, Ziaja signed with the Atlanta Chiefs of the North American Soccer League (NASL). At the end of the season, the Chiefs moved to Denver where it became the Denver Dynamos. Ziaja played the 1974 NASL season with the Dynamo then left the league.[3]

Coach[edit]

Ziaja later went on to coach at Arrowhead High School. In 2002, he became the girl’s soccer coach at Whitefish Bay High School.

He is a member of the Wisconsin Soccer Hall of Fame.[4]

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