Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Girls ODP and MLS pioneer Betty D'Anjolell passes away
by Paul Kennedy, September 12th, 2012 11:24PM

MOST READ
TAGS:  d.c. united, obituary

MOST COMMENTED

[OBITUARY] Betty D’Anjolell, a pioneer in the ODP and national girls team program and later Major Soccer League, died on Wednesday morning.

She was a U.S. Youth Soccer regional administrator and later national chairperson of its girls ODP program in the 1980s. In 1994, she traveled with the U.S. under-19 women's national team on its first trip abroad. She also served as the president of the Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer Association.

D’Anjolell was an one of the first hires for D.C. United when it launched in 1996. After working for D.C. United, she was hired by the struggling Miami Fusion as chief operating officer to help turn around its front office but resigned after one year with the expansion team.

In 2008, D’Anjolell was inducted into the D.C. United Hall of Tradition.

“Betty was responsible for operations, but her role went a lot further than that,” said D.C. United President Kevin Payne. “She was a combination mother and taskmaster, a very important person in the early years of our organization. She was tough as nails on the outside, but nurturing and caring on the inside. She should be remembered as someone who cared deeply about our game and provided it great service.”

D.C. United will hold a moment of silence in D'Anjolell's honor prior to Saturday’s match against the New England Revolution and players will wear armbands in her memory.



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
HSV's Beiersdorfer: Green and Holtby are 'great players'    
[AMERICANS ABROAD] Julian Green is officially a member of German Bundesliga club Hamburg, completing the move ...
Five MLS players are called up    
[CENTRAL AMERICAN CUP] Thirteen players based in U.S. leagues -- five in MLS, six in the ...
Three big storylines to follow in Czech Republic-USA    
[CZECH REPUBLIC-USA] Jurgen Klinsmann will send out the youngest team of his tenure as U.S. national ...
What They're Saying: Kristi Lefebvre    
"Right now, we play multiple games in a 3-4 day span which makes it essential to ...
Molino hat trick powers Orlando City to 7-0 rout    
[USL PRO: Week 24] Kevin Molino added to his USL PRO scoring record with a hat ...
D.C. United and Galaxy close in on Sounders    
[MLS: Sunday] D.C. United opened up a four-point lead in the Eastern Conference with a 2-0 ...
Guzan's Aston Villa climbs into third place    
[AMERICANS ABROAD] Brad Guzan's Aston Villa beat Hull City, 2-1, to move into third place in ...
A-Rod and Holiday lead FC Kansas City to title    
[NWSL: Final] U.S. national team stars Amy Rodriguez and Lauren Holiday teamed up for both goals ...
FC Edmonton ends Minnesota's unbeaten streak    
[NASL: Fall Week 8] FC Edmonton ended Minnesota United FC's 11-game unbeaten streak with a 2-1 ...
Dempsey hits dozen mark with shin volley    
[VIDEO PICK: Golazo] Clint Dempsey scored his 11th goal of the season, and 12th since he ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives