Joseph J. Zyzda (1930, Poland)
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
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.
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.