- Position: Defender
- Date of Birth: 03/29/1951
- College Experience: Rider University
- Height: 6' 0"
- Weight: 170 lbs
- Caps: 18
Bobby Smith was a mainstay in the United States defense in the mid 1970’s, a time when the US focused mainly on qualifying for the World Cup. Smith was part of the ’78 campaign and earned his last cap in the warm-up before the qualifying run in 1980. For his clubs,Smith was an elite player and a rarity for US soccer during that period, getting European experience with Dundalk in 1974-75.
A three-time North American Soccer League champion, Smith was part of the remarkable Philadelphia Atoms, champions in their expansion year, and the Pele-fueled Cosmos. He also spent time in the Major Indoor Soccer League with the Philadelphia Fever. He retired as a member of the NASL’s Montreal Manic in 1981.
Smith was inducted as a member of the National Soccer Hall of Fame class of 2007.
1980: Part of the World Cup qualifying campaign. Played his last game for the US against Portugal in Lisbon on Oct. 7th.
1976: Appeared in the World Cup Qualifiers for ’78. Played in the Bicentenntial Cup against Brazil, England, and Italy on a Team America squad that included foreign NASL stars like Pele, Bobby Moore, and Giorgio Chinaglia.
1975: Part of the US squad in another transitional year with multiple coaches.
1974: Played in both games on the US schedule as part of new head coach Detmar Cramer’s squad, both losses to Mexico in a September home and home series.
1973: Earned his first cap against Poland on Aug. 12th in a transitional year for the National Team program.
1981: Signed with the Montreal Manic and retired at the end of the season.
1980: Signed with the Philadelphia Fury of the NASL, and the Philadelphia Fever of the MISL.
1979: Signed with the San Diego Sockers.
1978: Won his second Soccer Bowl with the Cosmos and his third NASL championship, tied with two other players for the most NASL championships.
1977: Part of the Soccer Bowl winning squad.
1976: Moved to the New York Cosmos.
1975: First American to be named to the NASL All-Star team.
1974: Played with Dundalk in the Irish League during the NASL offseason.
1973: Member of the expansion Philadelphia Atoms that won the North American Soccer League championship.
College and High School: Four-year letterman at Rider University where he was an offensive player and a two-time All-Middle Atlantic Conference West Division Most Valuable Player. Product of Steinert High School.