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David B. Pacheco ( player )David B. Pacheco
of Rocky_Hill grew_up as one of 17 children in Fall_River , Massachusetts.At the time - the 1930s and 40s -- it was a hot bed of American soccer
in the U.S. When he
was just 16 he
organized a team in the Junior Soccer League
, which he
captained and led to the league championship.During the next few years he
played with the Italian Progressive Soccer Club
as leading scorer , the team won the championship.That drew the attention of the Lincoln Soccer Club
, a team in the highest league where Dave
became one of the youngest players.He was a tireless performer , who always played full speed for 90 minutes
.In 1948-49 he was a key member of the Fall_River Soccer Club and the Fairlawn Rovers of Rhode_Island
then became the leading goal scorer on the Hartford Portuguese Soccer Club's unbeaten champions.He
also played with Scandia in the National Soccer League six-a-side tournaments , where his
team won three first place trophies.Dave
was selected to play on the U.S. Olympic team , but had to decline for financial reasons.
The Korean War intervened , but soccer remained important to Dave
.In 1951 , while assigned to Ko Je Do Island to help maintain order in a prisoner of war camp , Dave
- by then a U.S. Army sergeant - organized six-a-side games.His
distinguished service won him many honors , including the Silver_Star , Bronze Star , Korean Service medal and the Combat Infantry badge.
returned to the States he
played with the New_York Hungarians in the German American Soccer League
, one of the best leagues in the U.S. There Dave became known as one of the country's top playmakers.When he joined the Garrys team of the Middletown Garibaldi Soccer Club of the National Soccer League of Connecticut as a player , trainer and coach , they felt they had hit the jack pot
continued to score almost at will , at times netting five goals in a single game.But he
was more than a scorer.Dave
played all positions , and devoted countless hours to training the team.By unanimous vote Dave was named an honorary member of the Garibaldi Mutual Benefit Society -- at a time when one could not be a member unless he was Italian
In 1961 and 62 Dave
played on the Hartford Hungarians' championship team , followed by several more years as player-coach with Middletown Garibaldi.
Throughout the 1950s and 60s he
contributions to soccer by writing articles in Soccer News , a monthly American paper.From 1964-'66 Dave served as first_vice_president and president of the National Soccer League in Connecticut
.For 16 years , he was also a certified United_States Soccer Federation referee
.In_addition to his
presidency ( 1967 ) of the Connecticut State Soccer Referees Association
participated on many officials' committees.His
interests spanned many areas beyond soccer.Dave was a member of the Saint Sebastian Minstrelaires , a musical group that performed in charity shows in theaters , hospitals and convalescent homes
trophy room is proof of his
tremendous passion for many activities , including amateur prize fighting , volleyball , table tennis , hockey , 8-ball pool , duck pin bowling and dancing.