Player Inductees Bios

                                                              Steve Jolley (Player) - Inducteed 2013

Steve Jolley led his Kempsville High School teams to back-to-back Virginia State Championships.  He played collegiate soccer at the College of William and Mary, where he was a four-time All-CAA Awardee and was CAA’s Rookie of the Year in 1993.  He was also named to Soccer America’s Freshman All-American Team, and earned three All-South Atlantic team honors.  Steve played professionally with the Los Angeles Galaxy, the MetroStars, the Dallas Burn, and the New York Red Bulls, and earned MLS Humanitarian of the Year honors in 2002.
Sonny Askew (Player) - Inducteed 2012   
Sonny grew up in Baltimore and attended Essex Community College, where he was named NJCAA All-American in 1976.  He joined the Washington Diplomats of the NASL the following year, and in 1979 he was a member of the North America Team which consisted of the eleven best players in the U.S. and Canada. He went on to play with the Montreal Manic, Tampa Bay Rowdies, and Team America.  Sonny then played with the Washington Stars of the ASL, where he was named to the ASL All-Star team in 1988.  He also spent one year with the MISL.  In addition, he played with the US National Team from 1979-1984 where he earned four caps.   He then coached at his alma mater and was named Region XX Coach of the Year in 1991.  Sonny was inducted into the National Junior College Athletic Association Men’s Soccer Hall of Fame in 2005.

                 Dante Washington (Player) - Inducteed 2012 

Dante played college soccer at Radford University, where he led  the nation in scoring in 1988 and 1990 and was named a first team All-American in 1991.  That year he also participated on the US U-23 team and was the first black player to score a goal for the team.  In 1992 he earned Academic A ll-America honors and was a member of the US Olympic Men’s Soccer Team.  Dante played indoors with the Washington Warthogs in the CISL and the Baltimore Blast of the MISL.  He went on to play for the Columbus Crew, Dallas Burn, and Real Salt Lake of the MLS.  He spent two years with the Virginia Beach Marines of the A-League, where he led the league in scoring in 2004.  Dante recently served as the MLS Regional Ambassador for Youth and Fan Development in the Northeast and as color commentator for Columbus Crew.
Jill Ellis  (Player) - Inducteed 2011           
Jill played with the Braddock Road Bluebelles, which won the first ever U19 US Youth Soccer National Championship.  Her high school team wasVirginia State Champion in 1984.  She was an All-America selection at the College of William and Mary.  As head coach, Jill guided UCLA to eight College Cup appearances and five Pac10 Conference championships, and was awarded the National Coach of the Year award in 2002.   She coached the U20 and U21 Women’s National Teams and the Olympic gold-medal winning US Women’s National team.  Jill is currently the Director of Development for US Soccer, where she oversees the Youth National Team program and the US Youth Scouting Network, and coaches the U17 Women’s National Team.

                                                            Julie Shackford  (Player) - Inducteed 2011

 Julie Cunningham Shackford played with the Braddock Road Bluebelles, then went on to be a three-time All-American at the College of William and Mary and a three-time member of the US Olympic Festival team.  She was head coach at Carnegie Mellon University for four seasons, where she built the women’s soccer program from scratch.  For the last 16 years Julie has been head women’s soccer coach at Princeton. Her team has made one NCAA College Cup semifinal appearance and earned seven NCAA Tournament bids.  She is the winningest coach in the school’s history.  In 2004 Julie became just the fourth woman to be named National Coach of the Year.  She has coached the U20 and U21 National Teams, and currently works with the Region I Olympic Development Program at the state and regional levels.


  Rob Ukrop  (Player) - Inducteed 2011  

Rob attended Davidson College, where in 1992 he was the nation’s leading scorer and named the Intercollegiate Soccer Association of  AmericaPlayer of the Year, and in 1993 was a finalist for the Hermann Award. He was a member of the National “B” team and the U23 National Team. As a professional player, Rob competed with teams in the NPSL, APSL, MLS, and the USL.  He spent most of his career with the Richmond Kickers and was part of the 1995 USL League Championship team.   In 1996 he scored the first two goals in New England Revolution franchise history. Upon his retirement from the Kickers, Rob held the club record for career goals, career assists, career points, and matches.  He continues to be involved with the Richmond Kickers as a coach and a member of the Board of Directors. 

 Raul Diaz Arce (Player) – Inducted 2010

 Raul was an original member of DC United and one of the most prolific scorers in the club’s history. He helped United capture two MLS Cup trophies, a US Open Cup Championship, and the Supporters’ Shield trophy.  Raul is the club’s second all-time leading goal scorer with 44 goals in 68 games, and was the first player in MSL history to score a hat trick in post-season play, in game one of the 1996 Eastern Conference finals against Tampa Bay. That season he was DC United’s top goal scorer with 23 goals.  He played six seasons in the MLS, three with United. Raul was inducted into DC United’s Hall of Tradition in September, 2009.

Amanda Cromwell (Player) – Inducted 2010

 Amanda has been the head coach at the University of Central Florida since 1999. Her teams have a 158-68-15 record, have made eight NCAA Tournament appearances, and have won four Atlantic Sun Tournament championships and three C-USA regular-season titles. While in high school, she led her team to a State Championship and earned NSCAA All-America honors. At the University of Virginia, Amanda was selected for two All-America and four All-Atlantic Coast Conference awards, captained the squad to the 1991 NCAA Final Four, and was a finalist for the Herman Trophy. After college, she was a member of the US team that took third at the 1995 FIFA Women’s World Cup and was an alternate on the 1996 gold- medal winning Olympic team. She then played for the Washington Freedom, Atlanta Beat, and San Jose CyberRays. Amanda has also worked with the Women’s National Team.


Ann Orrison Germain (Player) – Inducted 2010

 Ann was an original player with the McLean Grasshoppers team that competed in the inaugural season of WAGSL and went on to win 10 consecutive tournaments, including the Robbie, WAGS, and the Gothia Cup, in which she was named the tournament MVP. She was a three-year captain, MVP, and ALL-Met player in high school, where she was named the school’s Outstanding Female Athlete. As the University of Virginia had no varsity soccer team, Ann accepted a field hockey scholarship. She was selected to the first US Women’s National Soccer Team in 1984 and represented the country in the first international competitions in 1985 and 1986. As an adult, she won national championships in the 1986 Open Cup, three Over 30 Cups, and the 2006 Over 40 Cup. Ann has coached in WAGS for more than 25 years and is a member of the VYSA ODP and Academy coaching staffs.

Richie Williams (Player) – Inducted 2010

 Richie was named the interim head coach of the New York Red Bulls in August, 2009, after serving as assistant coach for four years. Prior to that, he played for DC United for six seasons and the Red Bulls for two. Over the course of his career he played in 216 regular season games and was a member of three of DC United’s championship teams. Richie made 17 appearances with the US National Team, and played on both the U-20 and U-23 teams. He was a member of two NCAA National Championship teams while at the University of Virginia, where he also spent two seasons as assistant coach.

Jeff Agoos (Player) - Inducted 2009

 Jeff attended the University of Virginia where he appeared in 88 matches, scored 17 goals, and was the only four-time All-American in Cavalier history. He was named Soccer America’s co-freshman of the year in 1986, and the ACC’s Most Valuable Player in 1998.  He led the Cavaliers to the NCAA Championship in 1989 and finished second in voting for the Hermann Trophy that year.  Jeff was a member of US National Teams, including the U15, U17, U20, Olympic, World University, and Futsal Teams, as well as the 1998 and 2002 World Cup squads.   In 1995 he returned to the University of Virginia to serve as assistant coach with Bruce Arena.  Jeff has been a part of five MLS Cup championship teams, including DC United in 1996, 1997, and 1999. He is currently the Sporting Director for the New York Red Bulls and also serves on the board of DC Scores.

                                                                       Mia Hamm (Player) - Inducted 2009

Mia played high school and club soccer in northern Virginia and at age 15 became the youngest player ever to join the US National Team.  She attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she led her team to four NCAA Women’s championships.  She was an All-American and Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year for three years, and the ACC Female Athlete of the Year in 1993 and 1994.  In 1991, at age 19, Mia became the youngest American woman to win a World Cup Championship.  She went on to lead Team USA to gold at the 1996 Olympics, to silver at the 2000 Olympics, and on to another gold at the 2004 Olympics.  Mia retired that year from international play with 158 career goals, more than any other player in the history of the sport. She played with the Washington Freedom from 2001-2003.  In 2007, in her first year of eligibility, Mia was selected for induction into the National Soccer Hall of Fame.

Marcia McDermott (Player) - Inducted 2009

 Marcia was one of VYSA’s pioneer players.  She played with WAGS and on VYSA ODP teams for many years, and then was a member of three NCAA championship teams at the University of North Carolina, where she was named NCAA All-American in 1986.  She played on seven US National Teams and then became head coach at Maryland and Arkansas.   Marcia started the women’s soccer program at Northwestern in 1994 and led the Wildcats to two NCAA Tournaments.  She was named the NSCAA Great Lakes Regional Coach of the Year in 1998. She also served as the first coach of the WUSA’s Carolina Courage, which won the regular season and the Founders Cup II Championships in 2002.  She is the first general manager of Chicago’s new professional women’s soccer team, the Chicago Red Stars, and in 2010 will assume duties as NSCAA president.


                                                                    Wendy Gebauer Palladino (Player) - Inducted 2009

Wendy played her club soccer with WAGS.  She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1989 as a three-time National Champion and three-time All-American, and was also on the ACC-Academic Honor Roll.  She played for the US National Team from 1987-1991 and won the World Championship in 1991. She then worked for adidas and was the representative for the UNC Women’s Soccer Program.  Wendy was co-captain of the two-time National Championship W-League Raleigh Wings from 1998-2000. She was the color commentator for collegiate women’s soccer on Fox Sports Network for five years and the lead analyst for ESPN’s coverage of the US Women’s National Soccer team, including the 1999 and 2003 Women’s World Cup, for seven years. 
Marco Etcheverry (Player) - Inducted 2008

Marco Etcheverry played professionally with Bolivia, Spain, Chile, Colombia, and Ecuador. While a member of the Bolivian National Team he played in 71 matches and scored 13 goals, and played for Bolivia in the 1994 World Cup. He joined DC United in its inaugural season in 1996 and went on to become a seven-time MLS All-Star. In 1996 he was the MLS Cup MVP and in 1998, the MLS Most Valuable Player. Marco was named to the League’s Best XI squad for four consecutive seasons, from 1996-1999. In 2002 he earned MVP honors at the Pepsi All-Star Game, and, in 2005, was named to the League’s All-Time Best XI. He ranks fourth in MLS’s all-time assists, and second in all-time games played, games started, minutes played, shots, shots on goal, and game-winning goals. In 2006, “El Diablo” was awarded the Medal of Merit by the Bolivian Congress and his name became only the second on the “DC United Tradition of Excellence” sign at RFK Stadium.

                                                                            Cindi Harkes (Player) - Inducted 2008

Cindi Kunihiro Harkes played with the Braddock Road Youth Club from U8-U19. Her team was the State Cup champ for four of those years, including the year she was 14 and played on the U16 team. She was a member of the State and Regional U14, U16, and U19 ODP teams. She was a four year Varsity starter at W. T. Woodson High School, made All-Met the last three years, and was named Woodson “Athlete of the Year” in her senior year. Cindi was a four-year Varsity starter at the University of Virginia where she make the All-ACC team for three years while also being All-ACC/Academic. She played overseas with Sheffield Wednesday Ladies and was the leading goal scorer for two years. Cindi played professionally with the Majestics and the Maryland Pride. Her Maryland Pride team was W-League Champion and USASA Amateur Cup Champion during the 1996, 1997, and 1998 seasons.

 Kathy Erickson (Player) - Inducted 2007

Kathy Kelly Erickson’s soccer career began when she was a young girl and her mother agreed to coach her team. She later played with WAGSL and was a four-year varsity player at Oakton High School. Kathy attended the University of North Carolina from 1981-84; her team won national championships all four years she played. She went to Spain to finish her degree, then played adult soccer in Virginia and Atlanta. Her adult team was Georgia State Champion. Kathy coached youth teams for many years in Georgia. In 1997 her team participated in the Gothia Cup; Kathy had played in the Gothia Cup as a teenager in 1979. In 2001 her U16 girls’ team won the NSCAA Youth Championship. She and the other coaches of that team worked with the players to ensure that each girl was awarded a scholarship to the college of her choice. Kathy then coached high school soccer for three years. She is now very involved in her children’s activities and still plays soccer as much as possible.

Gary Etherington (Player) - Inducted 2007


Gary grew up in Virginia, playing at Mt. Vernon High School and on the Annandale Boys Club team that won the U19 McGuire Cup in 1976. He played professionally for 13 years and was named the NASL Rookie of the Year in 1978 while playing with the New York Cosmos. He also played for the LA Aztecs, San Jose Earthquakes, NY Arrows, Minnesota Strikers, and San Diego Sockers. Gary made nine appearances with the Men’s National Team from 1977-1979. He is now working with UMBRO USA.   He married his high school sweetheart in 1981. His daughter works for Eurosport and his son played for four years at Notre Dame and is now trying out for professional teams in the United Kingdom.

 Suzy Cobb Germain (Player) - Inducted 2006

 Suzy is a native Virginian whose club teams won the Robbie Tournament in Canada and the Gothia Cup in Sweden. She was named All-District and All-Met at Langley High School. Suzy won a scholarship to UNC, where she helped lead her team to its first four women’s National Collegiate Soccer Championships. She was named to the All-NCAA Tournament team in 1983, was the most valuable player in 1984, and was a first team All-American in 1983 and 1984. Prior to being named to the US Women’s National Team in 1986, she was a member of the Virginia State ODP team that won the Region I tournament and also a member of the East team in the Olympic Festival. She then played with several Virginia adult teams, including the Women’s Amateur National Championship team in 1986 and the Annandale TBA Over-30 Team, which won the national championship in 1995. Suzy has been coaching a U15 WAGS team since 1999. 


John Harkes (Player) - Inducted 2006

 John is beginning his third season as D.C. United’s Director of Youth Development, where he oversees the youth teams and Academy programs. Earlier in his career, he played soccer for three years at the University of Virginia, then left to help the US qualify for the 1990 World Cup. John was a member of the U.S. National Team and played in two matches at the 1988 Olympics, all three matches at the 1990 World Cup, and three matches at the 1994 World Cup. After the 1990 World Cup, he began his professional career in England and played in both the English First Division and the Premier League. In 1996, John returned to the United States for Major League Soccer’s inaugural year. During his seven years in Major League Soccer, he played with D.C. United, New England Revolution, and Columbus Crew, and made six appearances on the MLS All-Star team. John was inducted into the US National Hall of Fame in 2005.


 Rob Olson (Player) - Inducted 2006

 Rob played soccer at the College of William and Mary, where his team won three Virginia State Championships and where he was named to the Senior Bowl, All-South, and All-State teams. He was the second all-time leading scorer when he graduated. After graduation, Rob was a member of the 1983 US National Team and then played professionally with the Georgia Generals (American Soccer League), Team America (North American Soccer League), Kalamazoo Kangaroos (AISA Indoor League), and the Washington Stars (ASL). Since 1997, Rob has been the full-time Director of Coaching and Player Development for Southwestern Youth Association Soccer, where he is responsible for almost 3,000 players each season. He has been on the Soccer Academy staff for 20 years and is the Assistant Director of Soccer Education and Training and a coach in many of its programs. Rob currently coaches a U17 WAGS team and is on the VYSA Coaching Education staff.


Michael Brady (Player) - Inducted 2005

 Mike is beginning his fifth season as head coach at American University after leading the Eagles to their most successful season ever. He is a native of Coventry, England, and graduated from American University in 1992, after leading the AU men’s soccer team to the NCAA Championship final. In 1985 he was named NCAA Men’s Player of the Year by Soccer America, received the Adi Dassler Award from Adidas as the top collegiate player of the year, and was named Player of the Year in three different conferences.   Mike finished his collegiate career with AU records of 65 goals and 29 assists.  He was also a member of the US National Team from 1984-86. He then played for the Baltimore Blast and several other professional US soccer teams. Mike was the head coach at The Potomac School in McLean for four years, and then served as director of the Premier Soccer Association for three years. He was inducted into American University’s Athletics Hall of Fame in 1997.


                                             John Kerr Jr. (Player) - Inducted 2005

John Kerr began his career in the in 1968 with the NASL’s Detroit Cougars. That same year he also captained the Canadian National Team in the World Cup Elimination Tournament. For the next several years he played with the ASL Washington Darts and coached at Georgetown University and American University. John next played with the HOTA Club of the German American Soccer League, the New York Cosmos, Club of the Mexican First Division, and then back to the Cosmos. He was named #10 on Soccer America’s 20 Men of Influence in Soccer in 1981. His Montgomery United team won the U16 North American Championship in 1981. He also coached the Fairfax Spartans to the National Amateur Championships in 1986. In 1997, John organized the first Soccer Players Association and the first Players Association in the Major Indoor Soccer League, and negotiated Collective Bargaining Agreements, including freedom of contract for the players, in both of those agreements.

 Gayle Smith Wilson (Player) - Inducted 2005

Gayle is a native Northern Virginian who started playing in WAGS at age 11. Her Braddock Road Youth Club Cobras were National Cup Finalists. She participated in the ODP program from age 12, and was a member of Region 1 teams and Youth National Teams.   She played in 11 Olympic and National Soccer Festivals. While at McLean High School, Gayle was named the 1986 Virginia High School Player of the Year. As the first full-scholarship player at the University of Virginia, she was awarded All-ACC and All-South Honors. Gayle was a member of the National Amateur Select and the US Women’s National Teams, and in 1995 played in the USISL Men’s Professional League for the Washington Mustangs. She has been coaching in WAGS and NCSL for 15 years, and is currently a member of the State ODP Staff and Head District Coach for the Girls North Program.


Gordon Bradley (Player) - Inducted 2004
Gordon Bradley grew up in northern and signed his first professional contract at the age of 16. He became an All-Star midfielder with Toronto City in the Eastern Canadian Professional League in 1963; four years later he came to the as a player and then a coach for the New York Generals. Under Gordon’s guidance, the Cosmos (formerly the Generals) won the North American Soccer League crown in 1972 and 1977. He next became vice president and coach of the NASL’s Washington Diplomats, vice president for the national squad Team, and general manager of the ASL’s Washington Stars. Gordon then spent 16 years as the head coach at George Mason University, compiling a 183-113-35 record and guiding the Patriots to three Colonial Athletic Association championships in 1985, 1986, and 1989, and to six NCAA appearances. Gordon’s greatest “claim to fame” is that he is the only person to have coached the international icons Pele, Franz Beckenbauer, and Johan Cruyff.
Kip Germain (Player) - Inducted 2003


 Kip played soccer in high school, on the USA National Youth Team, on the first Virginia team to win the National U-19 McGuire Cup Championship, and at The College of William and Mary, where he was the all-time leading scorer and the Southern Conference Player of the Year. He played professional soccer with the Washington Diplomats and Atlanta Chiefs of the NASL. Kip coached four State Cup Championship teams and coached both the Men’s and Women’s State Select teams, which won the Region eight times. He was the first East women’s coach at the US Olympic Festival and coached Region I at the US Soccer Festival. He has coached his teams to three National O-30 Championships and one O-40 National second-place finish. Kip’s current team, the Annandale Fire, finished third in the 2002 National O-40 Veteran’s Cup.

 Megan McCarthy (Player) - Inducted 2003
Megan is a high school math teacher who has always been very active in soccer. As a student, she was a member of the 1984 U-19 National Champion Team, the Virginia State and Region I teams, and was an NSCAA High School All-American in 1983 and 1984. While attending college, Megan was the NCAA Collegiate Player of the Year in 1987, was a three-time NCAA College All-American player, and was inducted into the College of William and Mary Athletic Hall of Fame in 1998. She played professionally with F.C. Prato and with the Maryland Pride. Megan was a member of the U.S. Women’s Team for several years and was a National Soccer Hall of Fame Medal of Honor Recipient in 2001. Megan has been an assistant coach at the College of William and Mary, George Mason University, and Centreville High School, as well as head coach of the Braddock Road Youth Club Aurora since 1999.  

  Lincoln Phillips (Player) - Inducted 2002
Phillips led his Trinidad & Tobago team to a Pan American Games Bronze medal in 1967. He was drafted the following year by the Baltimore Bays of the NASL, and the next season became player/coach of the Washington Darts of the ASL. As head coach at Howard University he led his team to two NCAA Championships and won Coach of the Year honors in 1971 and 1974. In 1990 he became the head coach of Virginia Commonwealth University. He has served as the goalkeeper coach for several USSF National teams and is the author of Goalkeeping: The Last Line of Defense: The First Line of Attack. Phillips was inducted into the Hall of Fame of Howard University in 1996 and the Hall of Fame of Trinidad and Tobago in 1998. He is the owner and director of the Lincoln Phillips Soccer School and the Top Flight Goalkeeping Academy.

John Stollmeyer (Player) - Inducted 2002

 Stollmeyer was a two-time All-American while in high school and in 1981 was named U. S. Athlete of the Year at the Youth World Cup. At Indiana University he earned Collegiate All-American honors three times. He played in the Indianapolis Pan American Games in 1982 and the Yugoslavia World University Games in 1987. Stollmeyer participated in the Olympic Sports Festival for four years. He played with the Cleveland Force from 1986-88, earning Rookie of the Year honors in 1986. He played in the Seoul Olympics in 1988 and the Italy World Cup in 1990. He was inducted into the Indiana Youth Soccer Association Hall of Fame in 1997 and the Indiana Athletic Hall of Fame two years later.


Helmut Werner (Player) - Inducted 2002

 Werner was born in Russia and attended Lynchburg University, where he achieved the honors of All Mason-Dixon, All State, Regional All-American, and All-American. After graduation he played in the NSL in Washington, DC and for the Schweigert Soccer Club in the National Soccer League. He has been the Men’s Soccer Coach at Randolph-Macon College since 1962. In 1970 and 1971 he was President of the Virginia Intercollegiate Soccer Association. Werner won Coach of the Year Awards from the Virginia Intercollegiate Soccer Association for six years, from the Virginia College Athletic Association in 1974, from the South Atlantic Region (NSCAA) in 1988, and the ODAC Conference in 1999. In addition to his head coaching duties, Werner is also the Director/Owner of the Randolph-Macon Soccer Camp.

 Pam Baughman-Cornell (Player) - Inducted 2001
Baughman-Cornell is a graduate of Fairfax High School, where she was All-Met. She was four-time All-American with the University of Central Florida and then at George Mason University as a member of George Mason’s NCAA National Championship team in 1985. Pam was also named NSCAA Hermann Female Player of the Year and she was a member of the first US Women’s National Team (1984-1986). Baughman-Cornell continued in soccer, winning the US Soccer Open Cup Championships in 1986 and then the Over-30 National Cup Championships in 1993, 1995, and 1996. She has coached in both high school and college and now coaches in the Front Royal-Warren County Youth Soccer League.

Walter Durkan (Player) - Inducted 2001
Durkin, a native of Ireland, was a goalkeeper on both the Irish Youth and Senior teams. Actually, he played against the USA team in 1952, the same USA Team that beat England in the World Cup in 1950. Walter started playing in the Washington DC area in 1958 both as a goalie and a center forward with Myron Cowell (League Champions), Maggies (Rowland Cup 1960 and Stewart Cup 1961), Washington Internationals, Central Valet, and the British Lions. Durkan regularly played with the Washington All-Stars against foreign touring teams and teams from Baltimore and Philadelphia. Later, he went on to an outstanding career, in excess of thirty years, as a referee (13 years with the North American Socccer League (NASL)). Walter also helped to bring the Referee Assessment Program to this area. He was available when Annandale first started their youth program in Northern Virginia. Walter also coaches youth teams, individual goalies, and has been a spokesperson for soccer in the Washington Metropolitan area.
Len Oliver (Player) - Inducted 2001
Oliver, a native of Philadelphia, Oliver enjoyed a playing career that included four national championships, professional and All-Star play in the American Soccer League, the US Pan American Team (1963) and the US Olympic Team (1964). Oliver played with the Central Valet and Washington Internationals in Washington in the early 1960’s, winning league titles and the Stewart Cup. He played with the Washington All-Stars against foreign touring teams and is the only DC resident ever to make a US National Soccer Team. Oliver holds a USSF “A” Coaching License, is Director of Coaching for the DC Stoddert Soccer League and serves on VYSA’s State Coaching Staff. He was inducted into the USSF National Soccer Hall of Fame in 1996, received VYSA’s “Adele Dolansky Exemplary Service Award” in 1997, was named to the Philadelphia Old-timers Hall of Fame in 1998, and received the NSCAA’s Youth Long Term Achievement Award” in 1999. 
 Al Smith (Player) - Inducted 2001

 Smith, an Englishman, was offered but refused, a professional contract by Blackpool United, a Top Professional team in those days. He played with the British Army All-Stars, as well as in Detroit where his team won the Michigan State Cup. Smith was an outstanding center halfback in Washington during the 1950’s and 1960’s, playing with Maggies, Washington Internationals and Central Valet. He was asked to try out for the US Pan American Team, but was unable to do so because of non-citizenship. His teams won several National Soccer League titles and the Stewart Cup. He consistently made the Washington DC All-Star teams during his era, captaining the Washington All-Stars against Baltimore All-Stars and touring teams on several occasions.

Roberto Zito (Player) - Inducted 2001
Zito, a native of Brazil, played with the Vasco da Gama Juniors. In Washington, Zito played with Maggies, Hispano Soccer Club, St. Gerard Soccer Club of Baltimore and the Washington Darts. Zito was an outstanding “inside right” in the old “W-M” system. A spectacular ball-control artist and dribbler, the diminutive Zito could turn a game around in a flash. In the early 1960’s, Zito’s skills helped his team win the Stewart Cup, the Arnold Cup, the Couglin Cup, the Rowland Cup, and the National Soccer League Championship. Zito regularly played on the Washington All-Star teams, for the Baltimore All-Stars, and for the Philadelphia Ukrainian Nationals against Sheffield United.


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