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Nominations Being Accepted for Fricker Award Through June 1

CHICAGO (Sunday, May 18, 2003) — Nominations continue to be accepted for the 2003 U.S. Soccer Werner Fricker Builder Award, honoring the late U.S. Soccer President Werner J. Fricker.  All nominations for the 2003 edition of the award must be postmarked by June 1, 2003.

The annual award is presented to an individual or individuals who have worked tirelessly in furthering the interest of the sport of soccer, without regard to personal recognition or advancement.  The honoree(s) will have created or fostered programs that will outlast his or her own active involvement in the sport and that establish a lasting legacy in the history and structure of soccer in the United States.  Fricker himself was honored posthumously with the inaugural award in 2002, as his son Werner Jr. accepted on his behalf.

Interested persons can nominate individuals for the annual Werner Fricker Builder Award by completing this form and mailing it to U.S. Soccer, C/O the Werner Fricker Builder Award Committee, 1801 S. Prairie Avenue, Chicago, IL 60616.  Applications must be postmarked by June 1, 2003.

The award is presented annually at U.S. Soccer’s Annual General Meeting by a selection committee appointed by the president of U.S. Soccer, in cooperation with the original members of the Werner Fricker Award Committee.  The selection committee appointees will be broadly representative of U.S. Soccer and will review nominations received from the membership.

Fricker was president of U.S. Soccer from 1984 to 1990 and was widely credited as the man who helped bring the World Cup to the United States in 1994.  Born in Yugoslavia and raised in Austria, he lived his adult life in Pennsylvania, where he was a star midfielder for the United German Hungarians of Philadelphia soccer club from 1954 to 1969, was a member of the 1964 U.S. Olympic Team and was inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame in 1992.  He died in 2001 at the age of 65.