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U.S. Soccer President Statue Bust at Home Depot Center

At Statue Sculptures, we were commissioned to design and create a memorial of Werner Fricker for the U.S. Soccer Federation. We used several photographs Mr. Fricker provided by his colleagues and family to create the life-size bust capturing his personality and essence in the finished piece. We were also contracted to install the complete monument located at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center at the Home Depot Center in California including the custom bronze bust, commemorative plaque and cement base completing the project in time for their special presentation. We are very proud to have completed this memorial that will stand for generations honoring his legacy.

One of the most honored sport icons we have had the pleasure of designing, creating and sculpting a memorial for was Mr. Werner Fricker that was president of the U.S. Soccer Federation from 1984 to 1990 and a man regarded as a pioneer of the sport in this country. Werner Fricker served the Game of Soccer at all levels in the United States. Werner Fricker (born January 24, 1936 in Karlsdorf, Yugoslavia; (Banatski Karlovac; died May 30, 2001 in Horsham, Pennsylvania) was a German-American football (soccer) halfback who later became president of the United States Soccer Federation. As a player, he was captain of the United German-Hungarian team from 1958 to 1969, winning the National Amateur Cup with the club in 1965. He also was a member of the U.S. national team.

Werner Fricker was inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame, The Concacaf Hall Of Fame and The Philadelphia Old Timers Soccer Hall of Fame. The United German American Committee of the USA also honored him. He was inducted into the USASA Hall of Fame. His leadershipwas a major factor in the Federationís increased vitality and progress, and he was directly responsible forbringing the FIFA World Cup to the United States for the first time in 1994. He had a vision for the U.S. National Teams to be successful and worked tirelessly to bring all members of US Soccer together to serve that goal. Fricker's involvement in soccer continued as an administrator, and he achieved his greatest success in 1988 when, as president of U.S. Soccer, he led the campaign that resulted in the U.S. being awarded the 1994 World Cup tournament. Werner Fricker is a U.S. Soccer pioneer and will be remembered by everyone involved in the sport as we continue to reap the benefits of his leadership across more than 40 years of involvement at the game's highest levels.

The Werner Fricker memorial located at the northeast corner of Mooch Myernick Field at The Home Depot Center was unveiled during the ceremony an hour before the match between U.S. Menís National Teamís FIFA World Cup qualifying match against Barbados on Sunday, June 15 2008. U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati will unveil the bronze bust memorial and present a commemorative plaque to Werner Fricker's children: Werner Fricker Jr., Marlene Fricker and Janet Malofiy (nee Fricker). The Werner family will also be presented at halftime of the U.S. Men's qualifying match against Barbados. This memorial of Warner Fricker is in special recognition of his guidance, perseverance and dedication in establishing the sport of soccer in the United States.

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