NISOA national referee
Hometown: Flossmoor, Ill. (Homewood-Flossmoor High School).
Playing career: University of Wisconsin, Madison 56ers.
Officiating career: USSF Grade 5 and NISOA national referee.
Board president/field coordinator, Millennium Soccer Club
Hometown: Born in Bristol, Va., grew up in Johnson City, Tenn. Physical education teacher in Madison Metropolitan School District for 32 years. Joined Millennium Soccer Club in 2001.Millennium is a non-profit club that offers organized soccer to low-income elementary and middle school children in the Madison area.
Sports Illustrated soccer writer
Hometown: Shawnee Mission, Kan.
Resides: Boston. Moving to Baltimore in May (wife, Celine, is completing medical training).
Other writing: Senior writer also covers college basketball, and does some investigative and enterprise pieces (Archive). Also contributes stories for SI Latino, the magazine's Spanish language publication.
Playing career: Ended at age 13.
Favorite clubs: I spent a lot of time in Argentina in the mid-1990s, I did my senior college thesis down there on politics and soccer, so my team down there is Boca Juniors. ... I got into Chelsea back in '98 after covering the World Cup, it was the first World Cup I'd covered, and I really liked talking to guys like Marcel Desailly and Frank Leboeuf on the French team and they were at Chelsea at the time. So I guess if I have a team in England, it's Chelsea. But I always tell people that I jumped on the bandwagon long before the Abramovich years.
Madison Memorial goalkeeper
Honors: Wisconsin Soccer Coaches Association all-state selection, 2005; All-Big Eight Conference — first team, 2005; second team, 2004.
Stats: 2006 (through May 24) — 10-2-3, 0.55 goals-against average, three shutouts. 2005 — 20-2, 0.62 gaa, nine shutouts. 2004 — 19-2-3, 0.65 gaa, eight shutouts. 2003 — 3-1, 0.44 gaa, two shutouts. Career — 52-7-6, 0.60 gaa, 22 shutouts.
College plans: Attend UW-Milwaukee, to major in education and play soccer.
Age: 20 (born Dec. 17, 1985).
Hometown (high school): Madison (West).
Measurements: Height, weight: 5-foot-8, 160 pounds.
Teams: UW-Milwaukee; Princeton-56ers.
Statistics: UW-Milwaukee — Totals of 1-2-4 in 28 career games (20 starts) through two seasons, one game-winning goal. Princeton-56ers — Totals of 1-2-4 in 13 games (10 starts) in 2005. Madison West — Career totals of 31-29-91 in four-year varsity career.
Favorite clubs: Barcelona, Juventus.
Madison Soccer Club and Madison United
Hometown: Leeds, England. Has lived in Madison since 1955.
Playing experience: Leeds Nalgo, England, 1949; Crossgates Rovers, England, 1950-55; Milwaukee Bavarians, 1955; Madison Soccer Club 1956-70; Madison United 1970-present.
Coaching experience: South Side Rovers (MAYSA), 1966-72; Prairie United (MAYSA), 1973-80; Yahara United (MAYSA), 1990-95; Madison Memorial High School girls, 1974; Madison United Majors 1975-95 (state winners, National Amateur Cup 1988); Madison United women 1981-90 (five-time state champions, Wisconsin representatives National Amateur Cup 1990); founding member of Wisconsin Soccer Coaches Association and Director of Development and Clinics 1976-78.
Favorite clubs: Leeds United, Halifax Town, Jamaica.
MAYSA executive director
Resides: Madison. (Also lived in Butte, Mont.)
Hometown: Arlington, Va.
Playing career: Started playing in 1974; played on recreational teams until 16; played on traveling team for eight years; rec teams since then.
Coaching career: Since 1993, has coached Under-8, Under-14 and Under-16 teams.
As a referee: State level 6.
Favorite clubs: None. I have favorite leagues — Argentina, Serie A (Italy), French, Spanish and English Premier Leagues. "As long as the quality of play is there, I could care less who's playing, I could care less the level of play, I could care less what the names are on the shirt. As long as it's thoughtful, intelligent well-played soccer, I'll watch it."
About MAYSA: The Madison Area Youth Soccer Association is a non-profit umbrella organization for organized youth soccer in Dane County and parts of Columbia, Green, Iowa, Jefferson, Richland, Rock and Sauk counties. With more than 40 member clubs, MAYSA oversees more than 12,000 players and 900 teams. Eighty percent of the teams are recreational teams aged 14 and under. There are 12 members on the Board of Directors, and anyone is welcome to apply for one of the spots.
U.S. men's national team assistant coach
Age: 50 (born Dec. 29, 1954).
Family: Wife, Nancy; daughter, Kelly; son, Travis.
Playing career: College — Hartwick College, Oneonta, N.Y., 1974 and '76. Professional — NASL (two goals, 23 assists in 163 games): Dallas Tornado, 1977 to '79; Portland Timbers, 1980 to '82; Tampa Bay Rowdies, 1983-84. International — Defender made 10 appearances for the U.S. national team from 1975 to '79.
Coaching career: U.S. national team assistant, 2002 to present; MLS Colorado Rapids, 1997 to 2000; U.S. Soccer coaching staff and national coaching coordinator, 1992 to '97; U.S. Olympic team assistant, 1996; U.S. Under-17 coach, 1995; U.S. Under-17 assistant, 1994; U.S. Under-20 assistant, 1989 to '93; regional ODP coach, 1989 to '91; Hartwick College assistant, 1986; University of Tampa assistant, 1985.
Honors: All-American in 1974 and '76; Hermann Trophy winner as country's top college player, 1976.
Favorite clubs: I don't have a favorite club, I just like to watch good games.
About his nickname: It was given to him by his sister, who thought his antics reminded her of the character "Moochie" from the Mickey Mouse Club.
UW freshman forward
High school: Madison East.
Accomplishments: Wisconsin Soccer Coaches Association All-State selection as a junior, honorable mention as a sophomore; two-time All-Big Eight Conference choice; two-time Madison All-City selection.
UW statistics: 2005 through Oct. 13 — 2 goals, 0 assists, 4 points. 2004 — 1-3-5 in three games, missed rest of the season due to a knee injury and received a medical redshirt.
UW junior defender and captain
Hometown: Middleton. Born in Milwaukee, also lived in San Diego, Calif.
College accomplishments: Second team All-Big Ten Conference in 2003 and '04. Big Ten All-Freshman team selection in 2003. College Soccer News second team All-Freshman team in 2003.
UW statistics: 2004 — 2 goals, 1 assist, 5 points in 21 games (21 starts). 2003 — 1-2-4 in 18 games (18 starts).
Favorite clubs: Arsenal, AC Milan.