John Koskinen (Meritorious Service) - Inducted 2002
After graduation from Law School and during a career in both public service and the private sector, Koskinen coached youth soccer for ten years, and was named the 1989 Women’s Coach of the Year in Maryland. He was a founder of the American Soccer League, and the owner of the Washington Stars and later the Maryland Bays. Koskinen was elected as one of the nine original directors of the US Soccer Foundation in 1994. He was the chair of Soccer “94 DC Region and was responsible for bringing the ‘94 World Cup Games and the “96 Olympic Soccer Games to Washington. He served for four years, from 2004-2008, as President of the US Soccer Foundation and also served as a member of the Rules Committee of the US Soccer Federation as well a member of the Advisory Committee to the President.