One of the generation of American players to emerge from the 1988 Olympics and the 1990 World Cup, Trittschuh was also one of the first to make the move to Europe. He signed with Sparta Prague following the ’90 World Cup. Joining Major League Soccer for the League’s first season in 1996, Steve played for the Colorado Rapids and Tampa Bay Mutiny. He retired in 2001, joining Colorado’s coaching staff. He currently works in youth soccer in the Denver area.
“There were a group of 15 players that started in 1987 under Lothar Osiander as coach that qualified for the Olympics and then qualified for the 1990 World Cup under coach Bob Gansler. That group of players did a lot for soccer in this country.” Steve Trittschuh
National Team Highlights
1995: Started his final game for the National Team, a 4-3 win over Saudi Arabia.
1991: Played in four games, starting two.
1990: Part of the World Cup squad, played in the 5-1 loss to Czechoslovakia on June 10th.
1989: Played in 12 games, starting 11, and scored his first goal against Trinidad & Tobago in a World Cup Qualifier on May 13th.
1988: Played in eight games, starting seven, for the senior side as well as playing for the US Olympic team.
1987: Won his first cap on June 8th against Egypt in a friendly tournament in South Korea.
2000-01: Retired as a member of the Tampa Bay Mutiny, who were contracted at the end of the 2001 season.
1999: Traded to Tampa Bay in June, finishing his Rapids career with 98 appearances and 11 goals.
1998: Member of the Rapids.
1997: Part of the Rapids squad that made the 1997 MLS Cup final.
1996: Signed with MLS and the Colorado Rapids.
1995: Joined the Montreal Impact, scoring three goals in 22 appearances.
1994-95: Played indoors with the St Louis Ambush.
1991-93: Played with Tampa Bay.
1990-1: Signed with Sparta Prague where he made 13 appearances and scored a goal.
1989: Joined the Tampa Bay Rowdies.
1987: Signed with the MISL’s St Louis Steamers where he made 37 appearances.
High School and College: Trittschuh was a high school All-American, signing with SIU-Edwardsville where he was a second-team All-American and eventually named to the school’s Hall of Fame.