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
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.