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2024 Spring Newsletter of the Maryland Soccer

Updated: Apr 26








PROGRESS?

Since the forming of the interim board in January consisting of Al Dawson –

President, Jerry Cirri – Vice President, Bernie McVey – Treasurer and Fran McGrath –

Secretary, there have been two meetings. We have identified a person who can be

our website manager, but it will take some time to get him acclimated. Hopefully by

April, we can get the website at least updated and somewhat functional. It was

decided to put all our energy into getting the 2024 Maryland Soccer Hall of Fame off

the ground and making it very successful. We are working to make it a sellout with 300

attendees. Since we did not collect dues this year and had two years of failed golf

tournaments, our treasury is very low, and we need members to attend the Hall of

Fame and to pay in a timely manner. I will say more about the Hall of Fame later in

this newsletter.


In the next two months, we will also be soliciting candidates for board and

executive positions. We are also thinking of amending our bylaws so these will be one-

year terms instead of three-year terms so individuals can get out in a year if they don’t

like it. However, we would like all members to do some soul searching and consider

stepping up and keeping the organization going for at least a year. After the Hall of

Fame on May 10 th , we will try to have some type of election and get a functioning board

for at least 2025.


We will also promote some social events besides the Hall of Fame that we hope

members will attend, but there is one question I would like to get some feedback on in

the next two months. That question is: Do people in the soccer community of

Maryland think the need for our organization has run its course? When the then

Maryland Old Timers Soccer Organization was formed in 1950, its main goals were:


  • To preserve the soccer history of Maryland

  • To recognize individuals for notable contributions to this history

  • To promote fellowship among members by sponsoring social events like the Hall

of Fame Dinner, membership meetings and others


In this 21 st century of high-tech devices, social media, interface systems and

other items, do people feel a need for an organization that tries to promote the goals

above? It has been proposed that the two Major State Associations; mainly, the

MSSA (adults) and MSYSA (youth) take over the Maryland Soccer Hall of Fame

and make sure it stays in existence and not worry about soccer history and

fellowship aspects?

I am curious what our members have to say? You can send me your

thoughts at mcgrath494@aol.com.


SOCIAL EVENTS

Besides the forty-eighth Maryland Soccer Hall of Fame on Friday May 10, 2024,

we will be having what I call an Old Timers meeting on Friday April 5 th at the Baltimore

Kickers clubhouse located at 4810 Gunter Ave. in Cedonia 21206. The times as 7 PM

to 9 PM and it is designed to be a social for older members of the Legends

organization who still like to meet face to face. However, it is open to all members. I

am sure we will talk a little about the future of the organization but for the most part it

will be very laidback. Some food will be provided, and the bar will be open. If you are

interested in attending, RSVP to Fran McGrath at mcgrath494@aol.com or text at 410-

530-2018.

Another major event this year is the Maryland State Soccer Association

Centennial Gala on August 10 th at the Loyola University of Maryland located in

Baltimore. Yes, the MSSA is celebrating its 100 th year having been founded in 1924.

The gala will be held on the fourth-floor programing room at the Andrew White Student

Union Building on the Loyola main campus. Tickets are $50 per person but the event

is limited to 100 people. If interested, contact Fran McGrath using the same contact

information as above.


ELECTIONS

As I stated earlier in this newsletter, after the Hall of Fame, the interim board will

try and conduct some type of election to establish a functioning Legends Board for at

least 2025. However, it will be useless to do so unless we have some members willing

to step up and keep the organization going. Sure, we will personally ask some people

to serve but any member can get involved if they wish to do so. Please, if you are

willing to serve in some way or just want to talk about it, contact me, Fran McGrath at

410-530-2018 or email at mcgrath494@aol.com


CHARLIE MYERS

The Legends mourn the loss in February of Baltimore soccer great.

Charles “Charlie” Myers. Charlie was a standout youth player growing up in the

Rosedale area where at each level he participated, his teams won championships. He

was an All-County player at Overlea High School leading them to County

championships in 1970, 1971 and 1972. He went on to play at the University of

Baltimore where he was a standout player leading the Super Bees to two Mason Dixon

titles and the 1975 NCAA Division II National Championship. Charlie was most known

on the amateur scene as a member of the powerful Casa Bianco Amateur Club team

who were a dominant force in the 1970’s and 80’s winning numerous MMSL

championships and Rowland and Stewart Cup titles. Charlie played briefly as a

professional, but injuries prevented him from actively pursuing that path. He was

known in the Baltimore Metropolitan area as being a great youth coach and trainer. He

is survived by three daughters from two marriages and his daughter Ashley was an

excellent player herself and was inducted into the Maryland Soccer Hall of Fame in

2022. Charlie himself was inducted in 1996.


2024 MARYLAND SOCCER HALL OF FAME

The highlight of the Maryland soccer year has always been the Maryland Soccer

Hall of Fame and the board and others are working hard this year to make the 2024

HOF one of the best. This year, we will honor three referees, two high school players,

a long-time soccer advocate for the Jamaican Community of Baltimore, two teams and

induct (right now), five more individuals into the Maryland Soccer Hall of Fame. This

year’s honorees and inductees include:

(1) Sharon Gingerich and Balvir Cabrera Garcia – Both have been selected as

Maryland Referees of the Year and both officiate high level games in Maryland

and are national referee candidates.

(2) Steve Horton – The Ray “Granny” Kraft Referee Service Award winner.

is a long-time referee in Maryland and has been the treasurer of the

State Referee Committee for many years.

(3) Danny Nesteruk of Eastern Tech HS – Outstanding midfielder and our Male

Outstanding High School Player

(4) Sabba Haghgoo of McDonogh – Standout forward and our Female Outstanding

High School Player

(5) George Kennedy – Founded the JA Raiders Soccer Program over fifty years ago

and has been an advocate of soccer for the Jamaican American community of

Baltimore for just as long.

(6) Sparrows Point High School women’s soccer program – Seven Maryland State

HS championships in seven years under four coaches.

(7) Essex Community College 1974 Men’s Team – First Essex team to win a NJCAA

national title. Finished season at 14-1-1.


INDUCTEES

(1) Frank Assaro - Great player at Archbishop Curley High School and Towson State

University as well in the MMSL. He also became a terrific amateur coach. His

2005 Baltimore Colts FC team won a national title. Frank is currently an

assistant coach at Calvert Hall.

(2) Pat Healey – Third generation soccer player to be selected to for the

Maryland Soccer Hall of Fame follows grandfather Patrick and father Kevin.

Great player at Calvert Hall and Towson University and for the indoor Baltimore

Blast. He is currently the coach of the Harrisburg Heat of the MASL.

(3) John Kerr Jr. – Midfielder with Montgomery United, Duke University

(Team Captain), Hermann Award 2004, US National Team and multiple

professional clubs including; Portsmouth, Millwall, US National-U17 Team,

Washington Starts, San Diego Sockers, NE Revolution. Head Coach at Duke

University

(4) Chante’ Sandiford – Goalkeeper at Villanova/UCLA, US National U-17 Team,

Guayana National Team (Captain), Washington Freedom, NJ Wildcats, Stjarnan

(Iceland). Grew up in Baltimore.

(5) Craig Callinan – Fullback at Loyola College and three-time captain and

Greyhounds MVP in 1981, 1982 and 1983, three time All-State, twice All-South

and 1983 All-American Selection.


The 2024 Maryland Soccer Hall of Fame is Friday, May 10 th at the Boumi Temple in Rosedale from 7 PM to 11 PM. See the enclosed flyer for ticket details.

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