The Hall of Fame Committee and USASA are happy to announce the 2023 Hall of Fame class. We're proud to welcome each new member and excited to see them inducted this fall.
The USASA Hall of Fame was established in 2006, to honor those individuals who have significantly contributed to the growth of adult amateur soccer in the United States. The selected individuals will be inducted into the Hall on September 23rd at USASA's AGM in Bonita Springs, FL.
Robert Evans' impact on soccer in the USA, particularly in adult soccer, spans an impressive and dedicated career of over 40 years. His playing career began in North Texas and included the Championship of Texas in 1969. Shortly thereafter, he was one of the original group of referees with the North Texas Premier Soccer League and played a pivotal role in the North Texas State Soccer Association Referees Committee. His influence continued as the State Director of Instruction and later the National Director of Referee Instruction for USSF after helping found the National Referee Program. Robert served the game by officiating numerous Adult State Cup games and the USASA Amateur Cup Final in 1983. He also was a FIFA referee from 1979 to 1987. Robert is the co-author of “For the Good of the Game,” a seminal book on refereeing. His legacy continues to impact soccer in the United States beyond his time with us on the field.
Arthur Mattson is a soccer luminary whose outstanding career has left an indelible impact on the sport in Florida and nationwide. His soccer resume boasts an impressive array of roles, including player, coach, referee, and Officer/Administrator. It illustrates his unwavering dedication to soccer on every conceivable level. His playing accomplishments include state, regional, and national cups. As a referee, he officiated at USASA Veteran’s Cup; as a coach, he led the Polk State College Women’s team; as an administrator, where he left his biggest mark, he was President of Lakeland Adult Soccer Organization, President of Florida State Soccer Association (“FSSA”), USASA Vice President and member of the USSF Board of Directors. Arthur spearheaded the establishment of enduring FSSA tournaments like the Florida Classic and the FSSA 7v7 Tournament and forged vital partnerships with Soccer Tag and Orlando City SC (USL and MLS). He currently serves as the Chairman of the USSF US Open Cup Committee.
A sports visionary whose keen ability to identify players' demand for elevated competition at all age levels, Nick has transformed the landscape of playing opportunities. As an adult league administrator in Michigan, his strategic leadership resulted in remarkable growth. He pioneered the Michigan Ontario Soccer League, a groundbreaking cross-border organization. Nick served many years as President of the Michigan Soccer Association ("MSA"), passionately supporting leagues and championing State, Regional, and National participation. The esteemed annual President's Award was established during his tenure to honor members for their dedicated efforts to grow, administer, and promote soccer in Michigan.
Lori's passion for soccer began at an early age, playing alongside her sister in Anchorage city leagues with the unwavering support of the family fan club, often led by their father. A standout through high school, Lori's talent caught the attention of the University of Northern Colorado, where she continued her soccer playing career. Following college, her soccer life evolved from player and supporter to administrator and advocate. She continues to guide the Alaska State Soccer Association as President, a role she has dedicated herself to for more than a decade. Her stewardship is also shaping USASA as its longstanding Treasurer and member of the National Board of Directors. While providing professional financial expertise to USASA for many years, Lori has also fostered meaningful friendships across the United States and tirelessly promoted amateur soccer, its players, and organizations.