One of the few Americans on a star-studded New York Cosmos side (i.e. Pelé, Franz Beckenbauer), Roth played with the club seven years, and helped it to the Soccer Bowl title in 1977.
Roth appeared 15 times for US national team, in the 1970s.
Roth played German soccer team captain Baumann in the 1981 movie Victory (titled Escape to Victory in Europe), which also featured former Cosmos teammate Pelé, as well as Sylvester Stallone.
He was inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame in 1989.