William Straub has the distinction of being one of only 54 All-America selections in the history of Penn soccer.  He also turned his experiences with the Red and Blue into a professional soccer career after his graduation from Penn in 1973.

Straub was member of the 1971 and 1972 back-to-back Ivy League championship teams, the first in program history.  The 1972 Quakers were ranked No. 2 in the country and had received their fourth-straight NCAA Tournament berth.  The squad also had its first undefeated Ivy League season since 1933, going 6-0-1 to win the Ancient Eight title, and pushed it’s unbeaten streak in the Ivy League to 17.

 

Straub was named team MVP in 1972 and received Honorable Mention for All-America honors by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA).  The team’s captain also received his second-consecutive All-Ivy League nod and finished his career as a two-time All-Pennsylvania/New Jersey/Delaware men’s soccer honoree.

 

In 1973, Straub was a first-round draft pick for Montreal and later that year began playing for the Philadelphia Atoms of the North American Soccer League (NASL).  In the championship game between the Atoms and the Dallas Tornado, it was Straub who booted the gamewinner.

 

At the conclusion of the 1978 season with the Philadelphia Fury, Straub was named to the All-North America team.  Straub played in the NASL for five seasons, which included a tour with the United States World Cup National Team.