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Joseph J. Zyzda

President

AAC

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AAC

Background Information

Employment History

President

Metropolitan Soccer League


Affiliations

Illinois State Soccer Association

Executive Board Member


United States of America Soccer Hall of Fame

Member


United States Soccer Federation

Member


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www.usadultsoccer.com

Joseph J. Zyzda (1930, Poland)
Joe began soccer activities after World War II in 1945 in Germany. As a member of the Polish Army All-Star team, he scored over 100 goals between 1947-1949. In 1950-51 he competed in a German Class "A" League, winning the championship. He served as Captain of the Polish All stars. After immigrating to the , Joe joined the Chicago Falcons, winning the Illinois State championship. Voted the "Most Valuable Player" he is noted in the Chicago Historical Society. Later that year, the Falcons advanced to the US Open Cup finals and won the championship in 1953. After serving in the US Army, he joined the Chicago Eagles in 1954 and was part of the Eagles winning the runner up spot in the US Amateur Cup in 1955. He was a member of the Chicago All star team from 1955-61, touring to foreign countries. In 1960 he was a member of the Eagles Soccer team that traveled to to compete against four First Division teams, scoring three goals. He was honored by the Mayor of Chicago as a Most Valuable Player against the Universidad of Mexico in 1961. After retiring as a player in 1967, he became vice president of the Eagles and served as president from 1969-1990, building the team to be a top contender by winning Metropolitan Soccer League Championships (8 years), USASA Region II championships (7 times), the Amateur Cup in 1989, and the US Open Cup championship in 1990. He was inducted into the Illinois Soccer Hall of Fame in 1984 and was honored by the Polish Soccer Federation in 1988 as the first foreign individual to be awarded their highest honor, bestowed on only 31 individuals. Joe has been, and continues to be, President of the Metropolitan Soccer League (35 years) and has been President of the AAC Eagles for 27 years.


www.chicagonasl.com

Joe Zyzda
Mr. Zyzda is the AAC Eagles Honorary President, a title bestowed upon him because of his long service to the club in various capacities. He was an active member in his youth, played for the team, and served as the President of the club for almost thirty years. I ask Zyzda to start off by giving a bit of his personal history. I receive a response that would come to typify our discussion. He starts to flip through a pile of books that he had brought with him, "Let me tell you what... The performance in that match led to a contract offer from the storied English club which Zyzda politely turned down to continue his work in Chicago. The sense of community that shaped his personal response in a way that addressed the collective gives a brief but telling glimpse into the ethos of the club. The AAC Eagles were formed as an Ethnic Polish Club by immigrants to Chicago in 1940. Originally known as the Polish American Athletic Club Eagles, they would focus on growing the Polish Diaspora community both on and off the field. When Zyzda arrived in the U.S. in 1951, it was largely the Eagles who were responsible for his integration into one of the world's largest Polish diaspora communities, as they would do for countless other young men and women arriving to Chicago over many decades. Everything from the basic activities of helping new immigrants find jobs and apartments, to the slightly more complicated challenge of providing English-language classrooms, offering scholarships and sifting through citizenship application papers fell under the umbrella of community outreach done by the Eagles. Of course, all of this was done around the primary function of the group - running a successful soccer club known on the national stage. "We have won the Open Cup twice, in 1953 and in 1990," continues Zyzda. Zyzda fondly remembers that for those few years the Eagles were able to compete at the highest level because of a mixed squad of Polish veterans ending their careers stateside and young kids coming up through the Eagles' academy. "We had a team that knew how to train, knew how to organize, and knew how to play," Zyzda recalls."Those two years, 1989 and 1990, we're never going to forget". Throughout their history the Eagles have also won national Amateur Open Cup competitions, league titles in the various iterations of amateur leagues in Chicagoland including the NSL First Division, the METRO League (established by Zyzda himself), the USASA, as well as invitationals, youth cups, and Women's league championships. But as Zyzda retells the history of the Eagles, the sense that the club's identity lies far beyond trophies and celebrities becomes ever more apparent. "This is our house, our club, our building," Zyzda says. "Everything that you see here belongs to us. We own the building. The club started the year after the war broke out partially as a way for the Polish people to keep up their heritage. While the Polish element of the club remains to this day, the eventual name change to the AAC Eagles came when Zyzda attempted to apply for a charitable 501(c)(3) status and was told instead to register as a foreign corporation. "Yes, we try to help people," continues Zyzda. "That's what we do here." The Eagles have found themselves in a bit of a slump since that second successful Open Cup run in 1990, but it is par for the course in the modern semi-pro soccer landscape of America. Ciecinski and Zyzda both lament a rapidly changing Polish diaspora community that is smaller in number and has significantly less interest in organizing around the Eagles as a club. "We used to have crowds in the thousands and now we're lucky if we get 500 for a big game," Zyzda bemoans. It is a harsh reality for the likes of Zyzda and Ciecinski but they're still upbeat and proclaim "we'll do what we can for the community." Zyzda says the tournament needed a team to fill out the bracket and the Eagles were invited to join in. Not only did they bring the trophy home, but it came with a $20,000 prize purse. Needless to say, the Eagles weren't invited back the next year. While the story evokes a good laugh from both Zyzda and I, we are interrupted by a shout from a woman seated at the board table. "Mr. Zyzda? Is that you? Heavens!


www.usasa.com [cached]

Joseph J. Zyzda (1930, Poland)
Joe began soccer activities after World War II in 1945 in Germany. As a member of the Polish Army All-Star team, he scored over 100 goals between 1947-1949. In 1950-51 he competed in a German Class "A" League, winning the championship. He served as Captain of the Polish All stars. After immigrating to the , Joe joined the Chicago Falcons, winning the Illinois Statechampionship. Voted the "Most Valuable Player" he is noted in the Chicago Historical Society. Later that year, the Falcons advanced to the US Open Cup finals and won the championship in 1953. After serving in the US Army, he joined the Chicago Eagles in 1954 and was part of the Eagles winning the runner up spot in the US Amateur Cup in 1955. He was a member of the Chicago All star team from 1955-61, touring to foreign countries. In 1960 he was a member of the Eagles Soccer team that traveled to to compete against four First Division teams, scoring three goals. He was honored by the Mayor of Chicago as a Most Valuable Player against the Universidad of Mexico in 1961. After retiring as a player in 1967, he became vice president of the Eagles and served as president from 1969-1990, building the team to be a top contender by winning Metropolitan Soccer League Championships (8 years), USASARegion II championships (7 times), the Amateur Cup in 1989, and the US Open Cup championship in 1990. He was inducted into the Illinois Soccer Hall of Fame in 1984 and was honored by the Polish Soccer Federation in 1988 as the first foreign individual to be awarded their highest honor, bestowed on only 31 individuals. Joe has been, and continues to be, President of the Metropolitan Soccer League (35 years) and has been President of the AAC Eagles for 27 years.


illinoissoccer.org

Joseph Zyzda
Executive VP jzyzda@yahoo.com


www.illinoissoccer.org [cached]

Cups Commissioner: Joseph Zyzda
Committee Members: Branko Ilic, Federico Lopez, Joseph Zyzda, Gregory Vlamakis, Judith McLean (Archives Committee)


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