Gansler had a distinguished career both as a player and a coach. In the 1960's he played in 25 games for the United State National Team. As a coach, he led the United States in the 1990 World Cup, the country's first in 40 years. Wizards fans will also fondly remember Gansler as the coach who won the MLS Cup Championship and MLS Supporters Shield in 2000 and the U.S. Open Cup in 2004.
He currently is a staff coach for Elm Grove Soccer Club, is a consultant for the Wisconsin Olympic Development Program and U.S. Soccer and is on the NSCAA Academy’s instructional staff.
The NSCAA induction will be his latest Hall of Fame honor: Gansler also is a member of the Wisconsin Adult Soccer Association Hall of Fame (1987), the United Soccer Leagues Hall of Fame (2002) and the U.S. Adult Soccer Association Hall of Fame (2006).
Additionally, he was presented with the Walt Chyzowych Award for achievement and dedication to the growth of soccer in 2000 and the Werner Fricker Award for creating a lasting legacy in the sport in 2008.