[AWARDS] USASA President Richard Groff has been named the 2014 recipient of U.S. Soccer's Werner Fricker Builder Award.
The Werner Fricker Award, named after the late U.S. Soccer president who brought the 1994 World Cup to the United States, is bestowed on an individual who has worked tirelessly in furthering the interest of the sport of soccer without regard to personal recognition or advancement.
"Richard has worked tirelessly for well over 20 years to advance the sport of soccer at every level in the United States," said U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati. "His vision, leadership and commitment have contributed significantly to the progress made in popularizing the game from youth to professional levels. This is a well-deserved award for such dedicated service to the game of soccer."
Groff began his involvement in soccer with the Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer Association in the mid-1980s and was named U.S. Soccer treasurer in 1990. He was heavily involved in the promotion of the U.S. national team in the days leading up to the 1994 World Cup. He was instrumental in organizing the 1994 Women's Chiquita Cup and was the Commissioner of the American Professional Soccer League.
As the USASA president since 2010, Groff has helped modernize the USASA and increase the association's role as a leader forwarding the growth and structure of the game in the country.
"I am incredibly honored and humbled to join the previous outstanding recipients of the Werner Fricker Award," said Groff. "Werner was my first soccer hero, mentor, and most importantly a friend."
Werner Fricker Award
2002 Werner Fricker Sr.
2003 Sunil Gulati
2005 Gerhard Mengel
2006 Sal Rapaglia
2007 Francisco Marcos
2008 Bob Gansler
2009 Alan Rothenberg
2010 Bob Contiguglia
2011 Kevin Payne
2012 Hank Steinbrecher
2014 Richard Groff