Born in Treuberg, Germany, Willy Roy’s family immigrated to the United States when he was six. His pro career is the history of modern US professional soccer, starting with the genesis year of the North American Soccer League when it was still called the NPSL in 1967.
Roy was one of the handful of American players that factored in the early days of the NASL, already a veteran of the 1966 World Cup qualifying campaign.
By 1979, he had two more World Cup qualifying runs behind him and had switched to coaching. He would win two NASL championships as a coach, later spending 18 seasons with Northern Illinois University. In 1989, he was elected to the National Soccer Hall of Fame.
Roy currently runs the Willy Roy Soccer Dome in suburban Chicago along with the bowling alley next door.
1973: Earned his final cap against Israel in Beersheba on Nov. 15th
1972: Had a three game scoring streak in qualifying from Aug. 20th against Canada to Sept. 3rd against Mexico.
1968: Scored in both legs of home-and-home qualifiers against Bermuda on Nov. 2nd and 10th.
1965: Made his debut against Mexico on March 12th in a World Cup Qualifier. Scored his first goal against Israel in New York on Sept. 15th.
1975: Member of the Chicago Sting.
1971-73: Member of the St. Louis Stars.
1968: Moved with the Spurs to Kansas City.
1967: National Professional Soccer League Rookie of the Year with the Chicago Spurs.
1964-66: Played in the National Soccer League of Chicago.