Trecker had unparalleled relationships with American and international media alike. He helped expand access at World Cup events, developing with FIFA's Guido Tognoni the concept of a "mixed zone" for players and journalists to interact at the 1994 World Cup.
Trecker worked for the old North American Soccer League and U.S. Soccer as well as the old New York Cosmos and Washington Diplomats. He worked on Japan's bid for the 2002 World Cup and then went on to serve as a FIFA officer at the finals.
"This is a most unexpected and appreciated honor," said Trecker. "Being chosen by members of the media community makes the recognition especially valued. I have been fortunate to be involved in the game for a long time and privileged to be a behind-the-scenes part of soccer's growth over the past half century."
Trecker will be honored at the 2017 National Soccer Hall of Fame Induction ceremony at U.S. Soccer's AGM on Feb. 10 in Orlando, Florida.
Colin Jose Media Award recipients
2017 - Jim Trecker, Media Relations
2016 - Paul Kennedy, Soccer America Print Media
2013 - George Vecsey, New York Times Print Media
2012 - Grahame Jones, Los Angeles Times Print Media
2010 - Paul Gardner, Soccer America Print Media
2009 - Alex Yannis, New York Times Print Media
2008 - Ike Kuhns, Newark Star-Ledger Print Media
2007 - George Tiedemann, Sports Illustrated/Freelance Photography
2005 - Seamus Malin, ESPN and other television broadcasters
2004 - Jerry Trecker, Hartford Courant Print Media