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'Star Soccer' host Machado dead at 78
by Ridge Mahoney, May 8th, 2013 2:35AM

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[OBITUARY] Soccer fans knew him from his work on the World Cup and "Star Soccer" on PBS, yet Mario Machado was also a pioneer.

Machado, who died last Saturday in West Hills, Calif., at age 78, was a longtime American Youth Soccer Organization supporter and was inducted into the AYSO Hall of Fame in 1999, was the editor of “Soccer Corner” magazine, and briefly served as commissioner of the American Soccer League.

His television work in Southern California and background as a soccer player steered him into a prominent role as a soccer broadcaster. Born in Shanghai to Chinese and Portuguese parents in 1935, he brought a passion for the game with him when he began working as a television reporter in Los Angeles in the late 1960s. He broke barriers as the first consumer reporter hired by a local station and the first English-speaking Chinese on-air reporter.

In the early years of American professional soccer he worked games for CBS, and for six years hosted the PBS program “Star Soccer,” produced by KCET-Los Angeles, which consisted of action from a single English league game trimmed to fit into a one-hour broadcast window. Along with another show carried on PBS, “Soccer Made in Germany,” the program gave American audiences regular access to one of the world’s top soccer leagues.

Machado also appeared in many TV programs and films, playing a news reporter or occasionally, appearing as himself. His movie credits include “Brian's Song,” “Oh, God!” “Airport '79,” “Scarface,” “St. Elmo's Fire,” and the “Robocop” films.

Machado had developed Parkinson’s disease in recent years and died at a convalescent facility in West Hills. Machado’s wife, the former Marie Christine D’Almada Remedios, is deceased. He is survived by four children: Brian, Michelle, Dennis and Andrea.



11 comments
  1. Tim Tobin
    commented on: May 8, 2013 at 8:28 a.m.
    Rest in peace Mario.I remember watching Soccer Made in Germany as a kid in Upstate NY.Thank you and Gid Speed.

  1. Tim Tobin
    commented on: May 8, 2013 at 8:29 a.m.
    *God Speed*

  1. Peter Skouras
    commented on: May 8, 2013 at 9:04 a.m.
    Mario Machado was a "class" individual. One of the kindest people one could ever meet. As a journalist, broadcaster regarding soccer, a pioneer. Star Soccer was what we would wait for appearing on I believe "Friday nights" in Los Angeles. Mario's influence of the game in the United States goes without saying! Massive. He was instrumental in many, many ways. May you rest in Peace Mario!

  1. Kerry Solomon
    commented on: May 8, 2013 at 9:17 a.m.
    I loved listening to Mario. He was wonderful. My Father who thought soccer was a 'foreign' sport and would never take off in the US would sit there with me and watch Soccer Made in Germany. He thought Mario did a great job and that's why he watched. Dad eventually warmed up to soccer. I have to believe it was because of Mario. God bless you, Mario. You will be missed.

  1. I w Nowozeniuk
    commented on: May 8, 2013 at 10:13 a.m.
    Mario was the best...to the point, honest, and gave the game breathing room.

  1. Kerry Solomon
    commented on: May 8, 2013 at 10:29 a.m.
    You're right. He was not one of those announcers who loved to hear himself speak and fill the airways with useless dribble and trivia. Others should learn from him.

  1. Paul Stierle
    commented on: May 8, 2013 at 10:32 a.m.
    He was a friend to the Stierle family and an integral part of moving AYSO forward in the early days. He was also an important pioneer of girls soccer, which has effected the whole woeld in my opinion. He infiltrated the Hollywood world and in turn got them connected in soccer. I got to meet Rod Stewart, who he brought to a soccer game. My father worked for him at computicket and in turn he was the VP in AYSO. He helped my career in the entertainment field. I could go on and on. Like I said, important to the Stierle clan. Long may his light live on.

  1. Chris Hoffmann
    commented on: May 8, 2013 at 11:57 a.m.
    I never missed a soccer made in germany.

  1. Mark Grody
    commented on: May 8, 2013 at 1:16 p.m.
    He was my 1st exposure to the adult/pro game. Very fond memories.

  1. Joseph Petrone
    commented on: May 8, 2013 at 5:55 p.m.
    I also was brought up on watching Star Soccer with Mario Machado, who brought english soccer into american homes, He will be missed. I also watched Soccer Made in Germany with their great play-by-play man Toby Charles. Great memories.

  1. Colm McFeely
    commented on: May 15, 2013 at 7:44 p.m.
    I met Mario in 1991, not long after arriving from Hong Kong. We worked on a few projects one being Speed Soccer Sevens. I remember him as a talented professional, friendly and helpful with a zest for life. We lost touch and I'm saddened to learn of his passing. Sincere condolences to his family.


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