ONEONTA, N.Y. (August 27, 2006) – Philip Anschutz was presented with the National Soccer Medal of Honor on Sunday, August 27, during the President’s Dinner at the National Soccer Hall of Fame Museum in Oneonta, N.Y. The National Soccer Medal of Honor is a rare distinction awarded by the Hall of Fame to those who have changed the course of the sport in America.
In honoring Anschutz, a visionary leader of Major League Soccer, MLS Commissioner Don Garber stated: "It's not just the stadiums, the teams, and the unprecedented financial support. It is his ongoing and relentless commitment to the heart and soul of this game."
"Phil’s role has been the defining role, the transformative and singular contribution that has given the sport new purpose, credibility and permanence."
"Millions of soccer fans across the country will never have the chance to meet Phil Anschutz. They’ll never see him on television or find him quoted in the newspaper. But each and every one of us will in some form or fashion be touched by his massive contributions to the game. And that is a legacy worthy of this rare and prestigious award."
On Monday, Anschutz, along with Alexi Lalas, Carla Overbeck, and Al Trost, will be inducted into the Hall of Fame in ceremonies to begin at 10 a.m. ET.