Jimmy Banks, first Milwaukee player to make the U.S. World Cup Roster, has died at 54

Posted at 9:30 AM, May 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-06 14:12:21-04

MILWAUKEE -- After a battle with cancer, Milwaukee and World soccer star Jimmy Banks passed away on April 26.

Banks was the first Milwaukee and first African American soccer player to make the U.S. World Cup roster.

As a child, his playing days began in Milwaukee, and continued from Custer High School, to UW-Parkside, to UW-Madison.

Once he finished college, Banks signed with the Milwaukee Wave, playing in the organization from 1987-1993.

From 1986 through 1991, Banks also played with the United States National team, playing 35 total games.

In 1999, the famous soccer star became the coach of the Milwaukee School of Engineering men's soccer team, a position he held until his death.