Former US defender, longtime MLS coach Fernando Clavijo dies at 63

Published 6:24 p.m. ET Feb. 9, 2019 | Updated 6:51 p.m. ET Feb. 9, 2019

FRISCO, Texas – Fernando Clavijo, a surprise starter for the 1994 U.S. World Cup team who went on to a long career in coaching and management in Major League Soccer, has died. He was 63.

FC Dallas said he died Friday at his home in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, from multiple myeloma. Clavijo was the team’s technical director from March 2002 until he stepped down last September because of his health.

Inducted into the U.S. National Soccer Hall of Fame in 2005, Clavijo made 61 appearances for the U.S. national team from 1990-94, mostly as a defender.

“Fernando was an important leader with three MLS clubs, and he played a key role in the league’s player development strategy,” MLS Commissioner Don Garber said in a statement Saturday. “More importantly, he was a joy to everyone who knew him and inspired countless young players.”

An emerging player in the final years of the North American Soccer League, Clavijo was part of the generation hampered by the lack of the top-level American…

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