Illinois Player, primarily a defender and defensive midfielder, who starred in Chicago-area teams and U.S. National teams at several levels in the 1950’s and ‘60’s.
Bachmeier, who was born in Romania, played for many years in the National Soccer League of Chicago, mainly for Chicago Kickers. He played for the Chicago Mustangs in the inaugural North American Soccer League season, 1968, a year in which he also was captain of the national team. He played 29 games for the Mustangs in 1968 and scored five goals despite not being primarily an attacking player.
Bachmeier played for the for the first time against England in 1959 and for the last time against Haiti in 1969. He played for a total of 22 full international games for the United States, including nine games in the qualifying rounds of the 1966 and 1970 World Cups. In the qualifying rounds of the 1970 FIFA World Cup, played in 1968 and 1969, he was captain of the national team for all six games. He also played in the 1962 Pan-American Games and qualifying rounds of the 1964 Olympic Games.
His involvement with adult soccer dates back to 1967 when he was the Scheduling Secretary for Connecticut Soccer League. He also wrote a weekly newsletter from 1969 to 1974. He started a soccer exchange program with Scotland in 1980; as a result, over 300 soccer players have visited and played in Scotland.
Alastair “Al” Bell is currently the Treasurer for Connecticut Soccer Association. Through his 38 years of work, he had served as President, Vice-President and Youth Commissioner for the association.
Additionally, he founded Farmington Soccer Club in 1970, where he still remains as President. The club has come a long way, today, it has 90 youth teams and 22 adult teams.
He was inducted into Connecticut Soccer Hall of Fame in 1999 and into New England Soccer Hall of Fame in 2005.
In February of 1953 arrived with family to Kenosha, Wisconsin from Argentina. From 1953 to 1955 played for Polonia and Syrena Soccer Clubs in Hammond,Indiana. In 1955 joined Polonia Soccer Club in Milwaukee, WI. In 1959 got drafted to the U.S. Army and was sent to Germany. After several tryouts made he became Captain of the U.S. Armed Forces Special Services Member Selected Team.
John participated in CISM (Council of International Sport Military) competition. He competed in Stuttgart, Germany and Athens, Greece. From 1961 to 1963 played for Chicago Eagles soccer team and reached finals of the U.S. Open Cup. In 1963, rejoined the Polonia S.C. in Milwaukee.
He was selected 10 consecutive years to the Wisconsin Soccer Association All Star team. In 1970 was part of the Olympics try-outs and joined the United States Olympic Soccer Team. John also participated in the 1971 Pan-American Games in Cali, Colombia as well as in the 1972 Munich Olympics, where he started and participated in two games. In Kingston, Jamaica against El Salvador, John scored on Penalty Shoot out. In total, has 13 caps for the U.S.A.
Besides being a passionate player, John ejoyed his time coaching. He received the United States Soccer Federation “B” License Class Certification in 1974. From 1983 to 1985 was head soccer coach for Carthage College in Kenosha, WI. and reached NCAA division III second place in 1983; when he received CarthageCollege coach of the year.
In 1987, John Bocwinski was inducted into the Wisconsin Soccer Association Hall of Fame.
Played for the Palmer Park Juniors of the Chicago League; they won pennants in the Fourth, Third, Second and First Divisions in four consecutive years. The team subsequently changed its name to Pullman F.C. and won the Peel Challenge Cup emblematic of the Illinois State Championship.
Cummings served as Secretary-treasurer of the State Association and the Peel Cup for more than 30 years. He was Commissioner of the Illinois Soccer Commission as well as treasurer of the United States Football Association from 1923 to 1931. He also performed as Manager of the great U.S. World Cup team of 1930 which reached the semi-final. Wilfred dedicated some time to writing; he had a soccer column for the Chicago Daily News.
During World War II he was a Chief Petty Officer in the U.S. Coast Guard. At the time of his death, he was acting Secretary to Edward Scheffler, former Chief Justice of the Municipal Court of Chicago.
Bob Black has been involved in soccer for over 30 years. He has volunteered his time as a coach, USASA Region III Director, Indoor Commissioner, Treasurer and Vice-President for the North Texas State Soccer Association. He served as Deputy Executive Director for US Soccer from 1992 to 1999, where he performed various duties regarding membership services.
In 1986, Bob chaired the Committee who wrote the rules and structure to form the affiliated indoor program for North Texas Soccer, ultimately leading to over forty-five thousand players playing indoor soccer in North Texas. Among other contributions, Bob Black helped bringing the USSSD into modern times for the purpose of program recognition and marketability with changing the name to USASA .
Presently, he serves as Executive Director for the North Texas State Soccer Association, where he had helped in developing workshops for Executive Directors, Office Managers and staff members at both the youth and adult level.
Like many parents, Ken Conselyea began his soccer career as a coach for his son’s team in 1975. He quickly found he did not like being a coach and redirected his focus to become a referee in 1976. Ken was a USSF referee until 1996; a high school referee from 1984 – 1996; and a college referee from 1986-1996. In 1980 he began refereeing indoor soccer and continues to do so today. He was a national referee assessor and instructor from 1985 until 2004. Ken became involved as an administrator with the Southern Ohio Soccer Association as the Secretary from 1988-1990 and then as the President from 1990 to the present time. He has been the Region II Secretary since 1989 and from 1990-1998 he also held the position of Treasurer. He has been a member of the USASA Credentials Committee since 1996 and became chairman in 2001. He has served on the USSF Appeals Committee since 2001, on the USSF Committee and Policy Task Force in 2000, and was a delegate to the Soccer Summit in Chicago in 1982. He was a member of the Divisional Leagues Committee from 1993-1996. In 2000, Ken was named one of the top 100 soccer leaders in Ohio by MLS. The State Referee Committee established an award in 2005 to annually recognize the referee, administrator, assessor or instructor who made significant contributions to Ohio Soccer. The award is known as the Ken Conselyea Award.
Player, Coach, Referee and Administrator are the roles Brian Darling has performed during his 40 years in soccer. Brian played for Murray State University – 1967 to 1969, he also served as team Captain. In 1976, Brian started coaching various youth and adult teams for 14 years. A USSF Referee since 1979, attaining National Referee level from 1989 through 2000; Brian continues to stay involved in the referee environment. He has been a USSF Referee Instructor since 1983, and in 2001 became a USSF National Referee Assessor. Brian founded Kentucky Soccer Association in 1981 and has served as its Secretary and Member of State Board of Directors since.
Born in Newcastle, Engalnd, Bill Davey has been passionate about soccer and served as USSF Referee since 1970 to date. Bill has refereed in various Indoor Professional Leagues such as MISL, NPSL, and MSL for over 20 years. He has been a USSF Licensed Instructor, Assessor and Assignor since 1988 to present. He founded the Air Capital Soccer Association in 1984 and its Scholarship Foundation in 1987. Bill served as President of Kansas Soccer Association from 1988 to 1992. Currently, he is USASA Midwest Region Treasurer and Kansas State Soccer Association Registrar and Kansas State Referee Administrator.
For the past 44 years Mario has been active in soccer at every level of the game, beginning with his days as a player in high school and club ball. In 1966 he formed the Soccer Club Vallata International, playing in the Italian-American Soccer League of New Jersey. For over 20 years, 1970 through 1993, Mario served as Vice-President of the New Jersey State Soccer Association, where he performed various duties on different committees including Finance, Appeals and Referee. He had the opportunity to be the liaison between the State Association and the New York Cosmos of the North American Soccer League. From 1981 to 2000, Mario was Deputy Director of USASA Region I and for the next 19 years he assisted the Regional Director in administrative matters. Mario was inducted into the New Jersey State Soccer Association Hall of Fame in 2003.
His involvement in soccer started during his childhood days in Calabria, Italy. Once he arrived to New Jersey in 1948, his interest for the sport became even more passionate. In 1955 he founded the Bayonne Italian Soccer Club and within 5 years formed the Italian-American Soccer League in New Jersey. After his active involvement in promoting international matches in the Garden State and the U.S., Tony was appointed by the USSF to its International Games Committee. Tony has been President of the NJ Soccer Association for the last three decades.
Tim Busch has been actively involved in adult soccer for more than 30 years. His playing career began in 1976 as a founding member of the Columbia Adult Soccer Association (CASA) in Vancouver, Washington , where he performed a variety of roles including President of the Association over the next 13 years. In 1989, Busch relocated to Northwest Washington where he has remained an active player in the Snohomish County Adult Soccer Association. In 1978, Tim began his career as a referee. He was a state level referee for 20 years and remains a registered official. In addition, Busch is an active college referee. Mr. Busch began his involvement with the Washington State Soccer Association (WSSA) in 1984 as a league representative for CASA. Tim has been and currently serves as President of WSSA since 1992. He rapidly established the Washington State Referee Committee during the same year. The WSSA has grown during his tenure to represent more than 11,000 adult players. Busch help found the USASA Veterans Cup in 1998. He is the only chair of the competition in its 10 year history. Since the late 90’s the Veterans Cup has grown from a competition featuring 9 teams to one that regularly approaches 100 teams each year. The establishment of the Veterans Cup is Tim’s proudest achievement.
Tony was born in and moved to Boston in 1959. Joined Boston English High School Varsity Soccer team in 1965 and became Captain in his senior year. Following to High School, Tony went on to organize, play and administer teams throughout Boston . He served as Co-founder and player for St. John’s Soccer Club and Boston Royals Soccer Club in 1969 and 1971 respectively, just to name a few . As an administrator, Tony founded Massachusetts State Soccer League (MSSL) in 1993, where he currently serves as President. He has been Vice-President of Massachusetts Adult State Soccer Association since 1987 as well as Commissioner of USASA Region I Select Teams Committee for over 15 years. In 1995, he founded the Region I Latin American Cup. In 2001,Tony was inducted into the Massachusetts State Hall of Fame.
George played school soccer in before immigrating to the in 1930. In 1939 George resumed playing with Forest Park , Schwaben and Slovaks in Chicago . He served as editor and publisher of the National Soccer News in 1943.
For over five years, Mr. Fishwick was the Secretary of the Chicago National Soccer League from 1948 through 1954. George was elected President of the United States Soccer Football Association in 1963 and served two terms.
Werner has been passionate about soccer since he was eight years-old, when he first played for the United German Hungarians Youth team from 1969 through 1978; switching to the United German Hungarian Major-Reserve Team until 1984. Werner became a USSF National C License Coach in 1983, and served as Manager for the United German Hungarian Men’s Team for over 10 years. Werner was the manager of the winning team of the 1999 USASA Cup Finals - Open Cup Division - and the Runner-Up team - Amateur Division. From 1999 to 2004 he served as President of the United German Hungarians. He was the first Vice-President of the Eastern Pennsylvania Soccer Association and became its President in 1990 for the next twelve years. Through the years, Werner had performed a variety of responsibilities for the U.S. Soccer Federation such as Chairman of National Competitions Committee and Member of the National Board of Directors. From 2001 to date, Werner has been member of the USASA National Executive Committee; he Chairs the USASA National Cups Committee, and is the Commissioner at Large of the USSF Adult Council.
Rudy started playing the game at age six in and continued playing when he moved to Chicago in 1958. He immediately joined the Schwaben team in Chicago ’s National League and was a member of the club U.S. Amateur Cup, which was the winning team in 1964. A forward early in his career, when once led the NSL’s major division with 24 goals in 21 games; he was switched to midfield later with great success. Rudy was a member of the U.S. National Team in World Cup qualifying in 1972. In addition, he participated in the series of internationals in 1973 and played for the in the qualifying rounds of the1968 Olympics. When the Chicago Sting of the NASL was formed in 1975, he was one of the first players signed, seeing action in 16 games, and continued to play for the club in 1976.
Mr. Giebner played youth soccer in his native city of Saxony, Germany. He continued to play for the Chicago Sport Club in 1930 - after immigrating to Chicago - and was a Goalkeeper for FC Hansa - 1930 to 1936. Facial stitches as well as a broken foot during the 1936 season prompted the change from player to referee. The late 30’s had Richard refereeing major national cup games and in 1939 he was the referee for the Inter-city rivalry between St. Louis and Chicago. In 1948 Richard became Secretary of the National Soccer League in Chicago and served for six years. Chairman of Chicago Referee Unit, Richard was elected to the F.I.F.A. as one of the seven referees representing the United States in 1961. Before moving to Tucson, Arizona in 1977, he served as Secretary of Illinois State Soccer Association from 1971 through 1973. Although Richard retired from his Referee career at age of 85, he has served as a National Referee Assessor since 1988. Through years of dedication and organization, Mr. Giebner founded the Arizona Referee Association and was later inducted into the Arizona Youth Soccer Association Hall of Fame. In 2007, Richard had a Soccer Complex dedicated to and named after him in Tucson, Arizona, making soccer a viable, growing and healthy sport for the community.
With nearly 30 years of experience at all levels of soccer in the United States, Sunil Gulati has helped the sport rise to new heights across four decades of hands on involvement. Elected as U.S. Soccer’s President in 2006, Gulati currently serves as the President of Kraft Soccer Properties, taking the position after serving as Major League Soccer’s Deputy Commissioner from its launch until 1999. Since the early 80’s, the native of Allahabad, India, has been intimately involved in the rise of the U.S. National Teams to prominence. He served as U.S. Soccer’s Executive Vice President from 2000 to 2006 and has performed numerous positions for U.S. Soccer including Managing Director of National Teams, Chairman of the International Games Committee and Chairman of the Technical Committee. He was the Chairman of both U.S. Cup ’92 and U.S. Cup ’93, two events that helped showcase U.S. Soccer’s rise and prepare the federation for the upcoming 1994 FIFA World Cup. At the highly successful FIFA World Cup 1994, Gulati served as Executive Vice President and Chief International Officer. Gulati was also on the original U.S. World Cup Bid Committee from 1986 to 1988 that helped bring the event to the United States for the first time. He currently represents U.S. Soccer on the CONCACAF National Team Competitions Committee and serves on the FIFA World Club Championship Committee, as well as the FIFA Task Force for Clubs. Gulati is currently a member of the Board for the U.S. Soccer Foundation and National Soccer Hall of Fame.
John started his soccer experience in 1953, at age 15, playing in the Lake Erie Soccer League (LESL) of Cleveland until 1988. He participated in numerous USSF National Cup Competitions representing the Ohio Soccer Association-North (OSAN) and was selected to All-Ohio and All-Midwest teams. John is passionate about the sport and has been coaching it since 1981; teams include the LESL of Cleveland and five indoor and three outdoor soccer champion teams. For ten years, he served as Organizer and Chief Sponsor for the Cleveland Hungarian Hunters Soccer Club and is currently the Vice-President of the Cleveland Magyar Athletic Club (CMAC). As an administrator, John managed and organized leagues at the State and National levels. In 1972, he was elected President of LESL, where he served for five years and published a league Constitution. During 1972, John managed to get involved in the Cleveland Stars/Cobras as an organizer and financial supporter; and later became its Public Relations Director for two years, General Manager for four years and Director of Operations for two years. In 1977, Mr. Gyekenyesi was elected Vice-President of American Soccer League and in 1980 became its Treasurer. A new chapter started in 1982 when he was voted Vice-President of the Ohio Soccer Association-North (OSAN); eight years later became State Association President and has held the position for 17 years up until these days. Throughout the years, John has been highly involved in USASA and USSF activities. He hosted USASA Region II Meetings and Tournaments and helped draft the USSF Strategic Plan and assisted in staging USSF National Team Games. He was among the early pioneers in 1967 when youth soccer started inCleveland and he made donations to begin play. Today more than 50,000 children play soccer and every High School in the city has a team. John is currently helping the Western Reserve Historical Society to create a Cleveland Soccer Museum to document many individuals and organizations that played a major role in the growth of the local sport.
Julie Ilacqua is currently the Managing Director of Referee Programs for the United States Soccer Federation, where she oversees the development of referees to service the game of soccer at every level of competition. Ilacqua’s soccer career has spanned more than 20 years. She has been a coach, referee and administrator locally and nationally, serving as the first female President of the Michigan Soccer Association in 1993 as well as the first female Chair of the USSF National Referee Committee from 1996 to 1999. Additionally, she was elected Chairman of the Board of the National Association of Sports Officials (NASO) in 2001 during her fourth and final year as a member of that board. Julie has served on numerous other boards, including the Board of Directors of U.S. Soccer and the Michigan World Cup Soccer Foundation. Julie’s past employment has been in the area of event operations, volunteer program development and management, and special event projects working for the State of Michigan for four years and prior to that with World Cup ’94, Detroit Venue, where she was responsible for recruiting, training, orientating and scheduling a volunteer staff of 1,500.
Al has been one of America’s Premier Soccer Referees, achieving unparalleled advancement as an official; moving from the beginning status to a FIFA level official in only eleven years. His assignments have taken him from the NASL to Olympic and Pan-American matches, and men’s and women’s World Cup Matches. He was selected to referee at the NCAA Division I finals from 1980 through 1983 and in 1989. He also has the distinction of being the first U.S. Official to be asked to referee a full international match in Europe when he handled a game in Dublin, Ireland.
Marypat has been involved in soccer for over 30 years. Although never a player she has been a youth coach and an administrator at all levels. Like many others, she became involved as her 4 children began playing soccer. Eventually she was elected President of her club, Association and spent over 12 years as Chairman of the Oklahoma Soccer Association. While Chairman she began her association with the USASA as the adult representative from Oklahoma. As an active member in Region III she was elected Treasurer and later Deputy Director. Marypat has served as Deputy Director of Region III for over 15 years. During that time she served as the liaison to the first Regional League, SIL which evolved into today’s USL. She has also served on the USSF Appeals Committee, and served as a member and chairman of the USSF Rules/Bylaw Committee for over 10 years. In addition, Marypat was elected as a Member at Large of the Adult Council, and served as one of the USASA Representative on the United States Soccer Association Board of Directors for 10 years. Marypat also has the distinction and honor of being one of the longest serving members of the USASA Board of Directors as well as having been the chair of the USASA Mid-year committee for 11 years. She was inducted into the Oklahoma Soccer Hall of Fame in 2005.
Bill was born August 2, 1949 in Groningen, Netherlands. After kicking the ball around in the streets for a couple of years, Bill joined the Lycurgus S.V. when he was eight years old and played in their program until he moved to the United States in 1964. He joined the Vikings S.C. for a year and then while playing at South High School (‘66-’68), where he was named to the State All-Star Team each year, he played a year at Hollandia S.C. , followed by two years with S.C. Berlin. In 1968 he once again joined Hollandia S.C. until 1973 when Bill and his friends formed Pan World F.C. He served as their president from 1973-’90 and their club’s dominance with the men’s team being voted “Club of the Decade 1975-1984” and women’s team being voted “Club of the Decade 1985-1994” made them the most prolific club in the first one hundred years of the Utah Soccer Association by winning fifteen State Championships between the two teams. Furthermore, he served as commissioner of the Utah High School Soccer Association from 1970-’82 and attained his State badge as a grade 5 referee in 1982. Bill became president of the Utah Soccer Association in 1986, which position he still retains. His involvement in the USASA started in 1987 when he served for a year on the Credentials Committee and later was appointed to be the Regional Select Teams Commissioner. This followed up by his appointment in 1991 as the Committee’s Chairman until 2005. In 2002 he was elected as the Region IV Deputy Director which was followed up by his election to the Regional Director position in 2005, a position he currently holds and has served the USASA as part of their Executive Committee. His involvement in Select Teams Program is well documented and he still serves as their liaison and works with our two USASA National Select Teams. During these years, Bill also has served on several USSF Committees, representing the Federation as their Head of Delegation and being a member of the National Board of Directors.
Born in Italy in 1946 Mr. D’Arpino immigrated to America in 1955. In 1971, Livio and brother Dario, along with some others, founded a soccer team ( Frosinone S.C.), which developed into a power house in the Metropolitan New York area. That same year Livio joined the Italian American Soccer League as a Trustee and he then served as Secretary from 1975-1979. In 1980 Livio was elected President. He joined the ENYSA in 1979 as Recording Secretary. Five years later, he was elected General Secretary. He also joined the ENY Youth and became second Vice-President working on behalf of both Youth and Adult Soccer. Livio was appointed to many committees including the Appeal Board of both State Associations, USASA Region I Budget Committee, and served as Chairman of ODP for the Youth State Association - 1987 to 2000. He was the administrator of U16 in Madrid, for a Youth soccer tournament, and witnessed all the facets of the sport from 1971 through 2003. Livio had the pleasure to see Major League Soccer players, such as Chris Armas from the Chicago Fire and Mike Petke from the Colorado Rapids, who played with Frosinone Soccer Club.
Known as Sarge as he was able to walk, Frank attended games of the Vienna Sports Club of Chicago sponsored by his father, Frank Kracher Sr., a center forward with I.W.O. Workers, which is a Hungarian team in the Juvenile and Junior Division of the National Soccer League in Chicago. In 1941 he played as junior for the Schwaben AC and stayed until he joined the U.S. Navy on his 18th birthday. His soccer career continued with the San Francisco Barbarians when serving the Navy in California. Soon after his honorable discharge from the Navy in 1946, Frank’s career resumed to play as goalkeeper and center forward for the Fiche Rams SC.After retiring from his playing career in 1960, Mr. Kracher started a new path, this time as an administrator, where he was part of a variety of administrative positions with the National Soccer League of Chicago, the Illinois State Association, the U.S. Soccer Football Association, and the Chicago Mustangs and the Chicago Sting of the NASL, including service as Vice-President of US Soccer. In 1995 Frank was named Chairman of the USSF National Soccer Hall of Fame Selection Committee, a position he held until the end of his journey in 1999.
In the late 60’s, Marge began her soccer career as a Team Representative of the Federal Way, Washington, where she assisted with the Annual Canadian Exchange Program. She continued to follow her involvement with the sport when she co-founded Southgate Youth Soccer Inc. of Sacramento, California from 1971 to 1973. At the League level, Marge was selected Vice-Chairman of the Sacramento Youth Soccer League where she established the Girls Soccer Program during 1974–1975. Enduring her love for youth soccer, she served as Chairman and CEO of California Youth Soccer Association-North for almost five years. As Chairman, she initiated the automation of State Office, instituted Internal Financial Controls and founded the California-North Referee Administration. Although Marge served youth soccer for over a decade, didn’t limit to the participation in Adult Soccer at the State Level. In 1993, she was chosen President and CEO of California Soccer Association North, where she served until 2000. Became USASA Region IV Director in 1996 and has been Vice-Chairman of USASA since 2002. For the last two decades, Marge has been actively involved in the U.S. Soccer Federation. Currently, she Chairs the USSF Werner Fricker Memorial Award and is Member of the USSF Strategic Input Task Force.
Mike was a founding member of the Santa Fe Adult Soccer League (SFASL), which began play in the 1970s. In the early 1980’s, Maloney was instrumental in bringing SFASL into membership with the New Mexico State Soccer Association (NMSSA) and affiliation with USASA. Since that time, Mike has served as NMSSA Director and as President of SFASL for more than ten years. During his twenty years with NMSSA, Mike has been Director and Officer, including terms as Treasurer and President of the association. Maloney also staged and managed numerous local and regional tournaments over the course of his time with the association and dedicated countless “road” hours to tournament sites in accommodating members. Mike has also represented NMSSA at regional and national meetings, volunteering to travel with its Cups and Select Teams to regional events. He is now in his ninth year as the USASA Region IV National Cups Regional Commissioner, and is currently part of USASA’s Executive Committee where he serves as Region IV Deputy Director.
Originally from Arlington Heights, Illinois, Brian McBride was a pivotal player for the USASA Men’s National Select Team during the late 1980s and early 1990s. Brian’s role with the team helped to increase his national exposure and solidified USASA’s Select Teams Program. McBride went on to become one of the USA’s most accomplished forwards, earning 95 caps and scoring 30 goals for the United States national team. McBride is also the USA’s all-time leader in World Cup qualifying goals scored (10), and ranks second on the all-time list for goal-scoring and points. An international star – and widely recognized as the best header of the ball in America – McBride played a starring role in the 2002 FIFA World Cup, where he scored the USA’s winning goals against Portugal and Mexico en route to the quarterfinals; he also had the team’s only goal in 1998. He joined the Columbus Crew in 2004; while with the Crew, Brian was a seven-time MLS All-Star and the side’s all-time leading scorer with 50 goals in 137 games. In 2004, McBride transferred to Fulham of the English Premier League and later earned Fulham’s Player of the Season award in 2005/06. After a successful career, Brian announced his retirement from international soccer following his participation in the 2006 FIFA World Cup. McBride is the first-ever spokesperson for the Central Ohio Diabetes Association, and he donated $100 to the association for every goal and assist he tallied for the US National Team.
Bob is a Life Member of the Colorado State Soccer Association, having served on its board for three decades and as its President for seven years. With his administrative work as President of the Colorado Amateur Soccer League for over twenty years added in, Bob McGee has been essential to the growth of the sport in the state of Colorado. McGee was Chairman of Colorado’s U-23 League, chaired Competitions, Rules and Judicial Committees, and was a member of the State Referee Committee. As a coach, McGee won several championships in the State Open and U-23 divisions; he also coached Men’s Amateur Cup regional finalists, U-23 USASA National Cups Finalists and the Men’s State Select Team. McGee was a referee and player for over twenty years, being on the Olympic roster as well as playing in USASA National Cups Regionals. He also represented the USL All-Star Team in Russia. Bob was inducted into the Colorado Hall of Fame and has been named an All-East, All-Ivy and All-State player. Bob served USASA as Region IV Director and Deputy Director for several years.
Peter Pinori immigrated to the in the late 1960s and began his playing career at the age of 13, starring for different leagues in the Eastern New York area. In 1980, he started to perform roles such as Manager, Coach and Player for the New Rochelle Italians of the Eastern District Soccer League (EDSL). He became Trustee and Second Vice-President of EDSL in the mid-1980s, and still remains the League’s Select Team Coach, a member of the Arbitration Board, and Scheduling Chairman. After several years with EDSL, Peter was elected its President in 1995, increasing the league’s size from 14 teams and two divisions to over 80 teams and ten divisions. For two years, he served as Trustee for the Eastern New York State Amateur Soccer Association (ENYSASA), and was then appointed to the State Cups Committee (presently active), and elected Third Vice-President in 2001. Presently, Mr. Pinori is the Secretary General of ENYSASA, and serves as its Delegate to the USASA and USSF. Peter was inducted into the Eastern New York Hall of Fame in 2003 and is an ENYSASA Life Member.
Carlos started his involvement in soccer over 40 years ago when he coached at Holding Institute High School in Laredo, Texas. Beginning in 1975, he played for nearly a decade with the Strikers Soccer Club of the San Antonio Soccer Association (SASA). Carlos became President of SASA in 1985 and has remained in that position since; SASA currently has 60 teams. For twenty years, Rodriguez dedicated his efforts to the organization as Tournament Director of the Cinco de Mayo Men’s and Coed tournaments, in which an average of 100 teams participate each year. Carlos joined the Texas State Soccer Association-South (TSSAS), where he was Commissioner of Men’s State and National Cups Committees from 1984 to 2005. In 1990, Rodriguez was appointed the USASA Region III Select Teams Commissioner. Rodriguez currently chairs the USASA Select Teams Program, which provides players the opportunity to compete at the highest available level within USASA, in addition to identifying and showcasing players for higher levels of competition. In 2006, Carlos was elected USASA Region III Director. He was inducted into the TSSAS Hall of Fame in 1998 and has also served one term on the US Soccer International Games Committee.
Born in Warwick, England, Harry played school soccer in Germany during the 1930s, and played with Racing Club de Paris in 1944 after France’s liberation. Saunders immigrated to the United States in 1949, and served in a variety of administrative roles from 1949 to 1981 for the New York Hota SC and the German-American Soccer League of New York, including terms as President of each. While with Hota, Harry Saunders sponsored international tours by the club to Germany in 1959 and 1960 and to Germany and Denmark in 1962. Saunders was involved with American teams competing in the International Soccer League inNew York in the early 1960s and he helped form the New York Cosmos of the North American Soccer League in 1971. Saunders served as President of the Southern New York State Association from 1976 to 1978 and was involved with efforts that gained government support for the USSF bid to become host of the 1994 FIFA World Cup. Saunders also served for three years as Eastern Regional Chairman of the USSF Development Committee. Saunders was inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame in 1981.
Originally from England, where he played soccer for the Royal Marines during World War II, Pat Smith then settled in Dayton, Ohio. Smith was responsible for launching the soccer program at the University of Dayton and was both a player and a coach with the Dayton Edelweiss amateur team. Pat was a charter member of the National Intercollegiate Soccer Officials Association and was editor of the first NISOA referee mechanics manual, becoming the organization’s President and then being inducted into the NISOA Hall of Fame in 1977. Pat was a referee in the North American Soccer League from 1970 to 1977 and served as Director of Officials with the American Soccer League. Smith was the very first recipient of the Eddie Pearson Award, given by US Soccer to recognize outstanding officials in 1979, and in 1997 was the first recipient of the Ohio Coaches Award for Referees. Region II has established the annual Pat Smith Award in his honor to recognize individuals who have provided exceptional service to the game, to their state referee program and to the region. Smith was inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame in 1998.
During World War II, Anna Steffen’s family fled their home in 1944, resettling in Austria. It was there that Anna was introduced to the game of soccer, first attending local matches and then pro/regional games. In 1951, Anna immigrated to the United States, coming to Baltimore. Anna resided in California briefly in 1954 and first participated with the local soccer community there. Upon her return to Maryland, Steffen got involved with the Baltimore Kickers, who started their team in 1953 and continue playing to this day. She became the recording secretary for the club in 1955, and, in 1958, she met one of the Kickers players, Fritz Steffen, on the soccer field. The two married in 1960, and were instrumental in the organization and success of the team. Over the years, Anna has served as club house chairperson, soccer secretary, and as General Soccer Manager from 1984 to 2004. In addition to her labor of love with the Kickers, Anna served in an official position with the German Umbrella Organization of Maryland for ten years and as Public Relations Director for the Maryland Major Soccer League during that time. In l984, Anna was elected as Secretary/Registrar of the Maryland State Soccer Association, a position she continues to serve in to this day. As a state officer, she has also served on various USASA committees. Anna was the first recipient of the Dr. John A. Schmid Service Award in 1987, recognizing her contributions to the game in the state ofMaryland. In 1990, Anna was awarded the German-American Friendship Award.
The late Charlie Stillitano played a significant role in the establishment of the sport of soccer in New Jersey. He dedicated himself completely to the advancement of this sport through maximum effort and exemplary actions. Born in Italy in 1929, Charlie began his soccer career at the tender age of 14. He was recruited by his hometown team (AC Gioiese), in which he played for several years, as his older brothers had done before him. Charlie played in the Gioiese until he was 18 years old, when his family immigrated to the United States. Charlie quickly acclimated himself to his new home. However, he continued to play soccer fervently. He played on many teams in both New Jersey and New York; among them were Colombia Soccer team, Calabria of New Rochelle, Inter Giuliana, Torino of the Bronx, Calabria of New Jersey and Roma Soccer Club. Charlie later managed Mamma Leone Soccer team and the Calabria Soccer team of New Jersey. After his soccer-playing career, Charlie dedicated himself to the Referee aspect of the game. Besides being a good referee for many years, he was also the president of the Referee Association of New Jersey as well as the Referee Assignor for the New Jersey Soccer Association. He was one of the founding directors of the Interstate Soccer league, a merger of the best teams in New Jersey and New York. In later years, Charlie was also the technical advisor for the Pingry School, a private elite Prep school. Charlie Stillitano served as the Executive Vice president of the New Jersey Soccer Association until his premature death in 1991. Perhaps the most important accomplishment of his life was that he ignited the passion of soccer in the hearts of his sons Charlie Jr. and Leo Stillitano, who continue the great soccer tradition of the Stillitano family today.
June Stroup was President of the Pennsylvania West Soccer Association for sixteen years prior to resettling in Florida, and dedicated nearly a decade to the positions of USASA Executive Committee Secretary, Chair of its Publicity Committee, and as a member of the Rules, Transition and Region I Budget Committees. June also became part of the USSF Rules, Hall of Fame and International Games Committees, and served for two years as the Chair of the USSF Soccer for the Challenged Committee. She has been a member of the US Soccer Foundation Oversight Committee from 1996 and will serve until 2009. Also, June has been a Grant Reader for last three years and will do this through 2009. She acted as editor and writer for “Keeping in Touch” from 97-03. June holds a Grade 8 Referee Badge and a “D” coaching license, and has coached Amateur Men’s, U-23, U-19 and U-16 boys teams, as well as the Girl’s U-16 ODP for six years.
Surprisingly, Jack Sullivan grew up involved in Boston hockey, not soccer. In 1957, Sullivan moved to the Territory of Hawaii as an accountant and has been involved as a volunteer in every facet of the game there for the last 33 years - - in youth, prison, high school, collegiate, amateur and professional programs. Often referred to as "Mr. Soccer" in the state of Hawaii, Sullivan has served and promoted the sport as a coach, administrator, area director, organizer, and fund raiser, and as a color commentator and columnist. As one of the American Youth Soccer Organization’s (AYSO) initial coaches in Hawaii, he assisted in helping find fields for practices and games, dating back to 1974 when AYSO was first introduced on the islands. Sullivan has coached over 20 teams and programs including at the Hawaii Youth Correctional Facility and at the Women’s Prison. Sullivan was one of the founders of the University of Hawaii Division I women’s team and was general manager of the Hawaii Pacific University men’s program. Jack was instrumental in the development of Honolulu’s Waipio Soccer Complex with 28 fields and a stadium and in hosting the Veterans Cups in 2003 and 2004. Although Sullivan had his hands full, he managed to perform as a sports writer for the Honolulu Sporting News and Sport Hawaii with his own column called "Uncle Jack’s Soccer Corner." Jack has served as color announcer for the Tsunami Professional Soccer Team and at all high school soccer championships at the famed Aloha Stadium. Sullivan joined the Honolulu Quarterback Club to promote soccer and later became president and life member of the organization. In 2007, he was inducted into the AYSO National Soccer Hall of Fame; in 2006, into the Region IV Hall, and in 2004, into the Hawaii Sports Hall of Fame. Presently, he is Treasurer of the Hawaii Soccer Association.
Bruno Trapikas began playing with the Liths SC of the National Soccer League of Chicago (NSL) at the age of 10, remaining with the club for a quarter century and serving as officer, team manager and President. Trapikas administrative duties began when, as a sophomore, he organized the first soccer program at Brother Rice HS. Bruno was recognized for his contributions by being inducted into his high school Soccer Hall of Fame in 1990. He was also team captain of the Chicago Youth All-Stars in 1968, and played at the University of Illinois at Chicago from 1969-72. In 1981, Trapikas became NSL President, in 1984, he joined the Illinois State Soccer Association Board, where he served as officer, Secretary, State Cups Commissioner and Vice-President for 20 years. Bruno has successfully been the tournament director of seven USASA Regional events and of 2001: A Soccer Odyssey and the US Soccer Festival in Illinois. In 1993-94, Bruno produced “SoccerIllinois” on local television. He was inducted into the Illinois Soccer Hall of Fame in 2004. Bruno first served USASA as a member of the Appeals Committee, Rules Chairman, and Deputy Director of Region II for five years. In 1996, he was elected Director of the Midwest Region and is now the longest standing member of the Executive Committee. Trapikas is USASA’s first Hall of Fame Chairman, serving since 2005. Trapikas was also a member of USSF’s National Board of Directors for over a decade, and served on a number Federation committees. One memory that will forever stay with Bruno is World Cup 1994, where, in his role as Vice Chairman of the local organizing committee, Trapikas was the Mayoral advisor for Chicago’s oral bid presentation for the games and was also the principal author ofChicago’s written bid package. Following a 30-year career as City Planner for the City of Chicago, Bruno retired in 2004 to St. Joseph, Michigan.
Wallace began his soccer career in 1965 as an assistant coach for a group of six-year-old boys in the Annandale Boys Club. During his 35 years with the boys club, Watson served as Vice-President and Commissioner, and developed the first Girls Soccer League in Virginia. In 1971, Watson served as the Junior Commissioner for the National Soccer League of Washington, which consisted of organizing junior leagues and entering them in the National Cups. The Metropolitan DC-Virginia Soccer Association (MDCVSA) elected Watson as Junior Commissioner to conduct the State and National Cups. In 1995, Wally was voted President of MDCVSA, a position that he held until his retirement in 2002. One of the most remarkable accomplishments of Watson as President was the expansion of soccer from theDistrict of Columbia to cover the entire state of Virginia. He served as Chairman of the USASA Select Teams Program, where he arranged trips to Europe for both the Men’s and Women’s teams. In 1995, Watson successfully hosted the German National Amateur Women’s Team in Washington. For over ten years, Mr. Wallace was part of the USSF National Board of Directors, and he became Director of USASA Region I in 1990, serving until 2001.
Mr. Xikis holds a USSF “D” coaching license as well as coaching licenses from several other organizations. He has served as General Manager and Assistant Coach of the NY Magic (USL) and as the Select Coach of the Long Island Junior Soccer League (LIJSL). During the 1990’s, he became a Head Coach for ODP and for goalkeepers of the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA). At the league level, Gus had served as the Registrar and Chairman of the Indoor and Cup Committees of the Long Island Football Soccer League (LISFL). Additionally, he has been involved at the state level, where he first served as Co-Chairman of the State Cups Committee of the Eastern New York State Amateur Soccer Association (ENYSASA), then its Vice-President, Registrar, and State Cups Chairman, a position he has held since 1997. In 2006, Gus served a one-year term as a member of USASA’s Region I National Cups Committee. In 1993, Xikis received the ENYSASA 25-Year Award of Service to Soccer. Mr. Xikis is an ENYSASA Life Member and was inducted into the Eastern New York Hall of Fame in 2004.
Nikola Vorkapic Zlatar has had a lifelong passion for soccer. It was first as a player in his native Belgrade, Serbia, then as an All-American at New York Universityand club player in the German-American Soccer League and other ethnic leagues in New York City. Upon completing his military obligation in 1967, Nick began his career as a college professor and coach. Throughout the years, Nick has coached youth and adult players, women and men, amateurs and professionals. He served as the first East Region Coach from 1976 to 1984. During that time he was responsible for the identification, selection and training of all regional Youth, Women’s, Olympic and Senior Teams. His teams won three gold medals and one silver at the National Sports Festivals and several other national tournaments. Zlatar is particularly proud that 10 of the 18 players on the 1981 U-20 National Team, the first to qualify for the World Cup, were players from his Region. Coaching education was always a high priority for Nick, and is the reason why he served on the USSF National Coaching Staff as well as at regional, state, league and club coaching levels. Nick retired from Kingsborough Community College in 2000 and continues to serve the game with various “by request” projects.