Harker, last surviving U.S. player of '34 World Cup, dies
ONEONTA, N.Y. -- Albert Harker, the last surviving member of the 1934 U.S. World Cup team, has died, the U.S. Soccer Hall of Fame said Tuesday. He was 95.
Harker, who died Monday at a nursing home in Camp Hill, Pa., was the oldest living member of the U.S. Hall of Fame. He was a defender on the 1934 team that defeated Mexico in Rome in a qualification match. The Americans then lost to eventual champion Italy in the first round.
As a left back for the Philadelphia German-Americans, Harker won the 1933 and 1934 U.S. Amateur Cup titles and the 1936 U.S. Open Cup. He also won four American Soccer League titles with Philadelphia and was chosen for the 1936 U.S. Olympic team, but couldn't afford to take eight weeks off to compete.
Harker was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1979.