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Memories of Mooch: Oct. 26


The U.S. Soccer Foundation is now accepting donations to the Mooch Myernick Memorial Fund

U.S. Soccer and the Myernick family would like to thank everyone for sharing their heartfelt thoughts and prayers. It is clear from the hundreds of moving stories and great memories received that the spirit of the man who touched so many lives continues to live on. Please continue to donate to the Mooch Myernick Memorial Fund, which was established to honor the life, career and years of distinguished service Glenn “Mooch” Myernick dedicated to the sport of soccer.

All of the messages below (and hundreds more) have been sent unsolicited to ussoccer.com to honor the memory of "Mooch" Myernick.

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Glenn "Mooch" Myernick

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“He was an unbelievable husband and father, and the finest soccer person I've ever come across in the United States. He was an amazing resource for soccer in this country. He will be sorely missed."

- Former U.S. MNT Manager Bruce Arena

October 26, 2006

I will never forget the day that I found out that Mooch his heart attack. I could not believe this was happening....not Mooch, the one who is out there every training session with the guys, warming up, playing and participating in fitness. Since that day, and after hearing of his passing, I have been trying to deal with his loss, as I know many others have.

I feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with and become friends with Mooch. I have had the opportunity to work with many coaches, and Mooch was among the best.

Outside of the soccer world, Mooch and I had something else in common...our love of the outdoors and the activities that they provide; skiing for Mooch, snowboarding for me, and hiking. A few ski seasons ago Mooch and Nancy helped me out with getting passes to Copper Mountain in Colorado. It was my first time out since I had ruptured my Achilles tendon the season before and I think he thought I was a bit nuts for going for the first time right before our January training camp ... especially since I missed the one the year before doing the same thing! We were going to try and meet for a day on the slopes, but the timing just didn't work out. If I recall correctly, he was scouting a team for one of our upcoming World Cup qualifiers. We both said that we could go sometime after Germany when we both had more time. Time is our most valuable commodity as
we cannot get it back. I am disappointed we never hit the slopes at Copper together, but I am grateful for the time I had been given to work with and become friends with Mooch

To me, Mooch was the epitome of someone who lived life to the fullest. He put his heart and soul into everything that was important to him: his family, his friendships, his profession, and his love for the "beautiful game".

You will be missed.

"Hash"

James K. Hashimoto
Head Athletic Trainer / Physical Therapist
U.S. Men's World Cup Soccer Team

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I will remember Mooch Myernick for his humor, his genuineness, his story telling, his fitness and perhaps most importantly his attention to family. I recently saw Mooch at a U.S. National Team game. I used to fly all over the world with him when I was the press officer of the national team, so I considered him a friend. There was your typical commotion on the field after the game as fans were yelling for autographs. I yelled for Mooch and he came right over with a big smile. We spoke for about five minutes and he proceeded to walk happily (as he always seemed to) toward the locker room. After walking 20 yards he stopped and came back to me. He started to tell me about his daughter and her success in the Houston ballet. He remembered that I was living in Minneapolis and encouraged me to see her perform in the Twin Cities. He was SO proud of her. Here a
big soccer game had occurred but Mooch wanted to talk about his daughter, not soccer. I was not able to see his daughter perform in Minneapolis, and I regret it now. This past weekend my wife and I happened to attend the ballet in Chicago. It was Cinderella. I thought of Mooch often that night. I gained an appreciation for ballet that I never had before. There are a lot things people gained by having Mooch in their lives. His glass was always half full, and I'll miss him.

Jim Froslid
Former U.S. National Team Press Officer

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No matter how successful Mooch became he remained a humble and down to earth person. He always had time for his friends and never considered himself special, though he certainly was. His giving spirit was evident at this summer's World Cup when our family visited Hamburg between U.S. games. As busy as he was preparing for the next game, Mooch took the time to sit down and do an interview with our son George, who was writing for a freelance project. As a player and coach he was the consummate professional. As a human being he was inspiring. He will be sorely missed by all who had the good fortune to know him. Our heartfelt condolences to Nancy, Travis, Kelly and Ruth.

Farrukh Quraishi, Lisa Brock and family

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Like Francisco and other Hartwick Alums, my wife and I spent the day looking at old photos of times when both Mooch and Tip had hair and I weighed much less.

We laughed at the days on Depew St. with Mooch, Greek, Artie, Geoff, Dougie and of course Johnny Brillo. And we cried at the loss of a dear friend.

Mooch, you leave us all with great memories, but just like a great artist you left us wanting more.

I am proud to have played along side you.

Goodbye dear friend.

Jamie & Laurie
(Steve & Laurie Jameson, Michigan)

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There are two people who inspired my lifelong love of soccer: Pele and Moochie. As a freshman at Lawrence High School, I watched Moochie play at a level that I couldn¹t believe, with a mix of skill, power, and guile. It
was clear even then that he was simply made for the game. For the last 35 years, as a player, ref, coach, and fan, I have never forgotten his passion for the game and have tried to emulate him as much as I could. His record speaks for itself, and as much as anyone, he deserves to be in the U.S. Soccer Hall of Fame.

Jeffrey Kantor

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Coach Myernick,

I heard you speak at one of the Men's National Team send-off series games (in Nashville). Your speech was passionate and compelling and it has stuck with me as I begin my coaching career as a young coach. At the end of your speech, you thanked the people who worked behind the scenes and also told us that every time we step on the field and haven't prepared our session to the best of our ability, we are cheating the kids. I never forget that. It is so simple, but it speaks of a commitment and a drive that I want to continue. You set the bar, Mooch. Thank you for your love and passion. My heart goes out to your wife and children. You will be missed.

Erin Lycan
Assistant Women's Soccer Coach
Stephen F. Austin State University

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As the days have gone by since Mooch’s passing, it seems to have become even more difficult to grasp that such an immense man has been taken from us. I know that in the spirit of how Mooch lived that this should be fun, lively, and contain at least one joke which might not be appropriate in polite company. We’ll certainly get to that – but in the meantime, as I’ve already started searching for a bottle that would make my wine mentor proud, it seems equally as appropriate to reflect on the man and how our travels through this existence have been so immeasurably impacted by his presence.

I think the hardest part of the process is trying to put thoughts on paper when it seems like words simply aren’t capable of helping us express the depth of loss that we feel so intensely. How does one put such sorrow into words?

Having had the privilege of reading the hundreds of e-mails that people have sent in with their Memories of Mooch to ussoccer.com, I’ve seen many common words – passion, love, family, commitment, integrity – and I have come to realize that rather than those words describing him, it was Mooch who gave them depth and humanity, allowing many of us to fully comprehend their meaning. He was the very embodiment of those ideals that we all aspire to achieve – five minutes around Mooch and his family made that obvious. Those of us fortunate to be exposed to his universe could only feel admiration and wonder for the man whose pure joy in living the human experience was evident whether you met him once at a coaching clinic or had the honor of being called his friend. Someone once said that life is as simple as you are strong enough to make it – clearly, Mooch was mighty in that regard. Perhaps if we can follow his lead, something positive will have arisen from something so tragic.

Many of us on the national team staff have eagerly embraced the opportunity to help with the arrangements for the celebration that the Myernick family will host in November. We’ve been trading memories, photos and ideas on how best to celebrate Mooch’s life in a way that reflects how he lived it. With the strength of Nancy, Kelly and Travis, there’s no doubt we all will succeed. We’ve managed a lot of laughs to soothe some of the tears, his spirit clearly our inspiration. It occurs to me that in this process it feels like we are planning a party for someone who is still with us, and of course, he still is. With the comfort of that comprehension, finding the right words doesn’t seem so important anymore.

Michael Kammarman
Press Officer, U.S. Men’s National Team
 

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