What They're Saying: Manfred Schellscheidt

“They took this model from Germany and built it here. Also, in Union, I didn’t need to speak English as it was very much a German place. We had a German butcher, a German baker, a German travel agent, even a German movie theater. I had a good job as a toolmaker. I almost got paid as much playing soccer as I made at the shop. I bought our home in 1969 and between working and playing I paid off a 15-year mortgage in 10 years. It was an ideal time to come to the USA.”

-- Manfred Schellscheidt on the 50th anniversary of Elizabeth Sport Club's first U.S. Open Cup title. Elizabeth Sport Club, which operated out of Farcher’s Grove in Union, New Jersey, also won the Open Cup in 1972. The National Soccer Hall of Famer went on to win an NASL title as a player with the Philadelphia Atoms and coach Seton Hall University for 24 years as well as work with many of the country's top young players for several decades as a national team youth coach. (Society for American Soccer History)
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