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Player, Trainer and Coach
Middletown Garibaldi Soccer Club
Vice President and President
National Soccer League
Fall River Soccer Club
Garibaldi Mutual Benefit Society
CJSA: Miscellaneous Events & Photos
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.With Dave 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.Dave 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.When Dave 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.He 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 expanded his 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 , he 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.His 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.