Main League Soccer Honors Native Heroes

In an effort to spotlight locals’ contributions to soccer throughout All-Star Week in Washington, D.C., Main League Soccer (MLS) paid particular tribute to the storied Howard College soccer program. The ceremony, which befell on the Willard Lodge in Northwest, Washington, honored Howard College coaches Lincoln Phillips, Keith Tucker and Phillip Gyau as Honorary Hometown Heroes. 

The legendary Phillips led the Howard program to nationwide NCAA championships in 1971 and 1974, turning into the primary HBCU to win a nationwide title on the Division 1 degree. 

“I acquired an opportunity to speak with him in the course of the week and I used to be tremendously impressed with him,” mentioned Quincy Amirkwa, Founding father of the Black Gamers for Change Group.  “What he has executed for the game of soccer, not solely on this space, however within the nation is phenomenal”.   

“That is really a landmark,” mentioned Phillips, who has been featured in a documentary, “Redemption” primarily based on the journey to nationwide prominence for this system.  “To have the sort of recognition to Howard College and its program is humbling.  I’m very proud to face right here.  I at all times say that medical doctors save lives, however coaches make lives. 

Tucker, who performed for Phillips, coached below him and later took over as head coach, the place he led the Bison to an undefeated season and journey to the nationwide championship in 1988. 

“I’m really honored to obtain this prestigious award on behalf of my alma mater,” mentioned Tucker.  “It’s actually particular to see soccer develop and to know that we at Howard College had one thing to do with its publicity on this nation.” 

“You can inform Keith was going to be a coach from the time he performed at Howard,” recalled Phillips.  “I used to be satisfied that he was able to be a coach when he served below me as an assistant. A head coach is barely nearly as good as his assistant.” 

Gyau obtained his coaching, first as a teenager below the tutelage of Phillips when he was 10 years outdated.  He would later take the acquired abilities and data to have an excellent school {and professional} profession earlier than returning to his alma mater when he now serves as head coach. 

“Coach Gyau is bringing the Howard soccer program again to prominence,” supplied Phillips.  “He’s broadly revered within the soccer group and I’m proud to say that his crew was the top-rated faculty within the NEC (Northeast Convention) in lecturers this previous 12 months.” 

Different Honorary Hometown Heroes included So Children Soar, WETATI Academy, Rainbow Households and Latin American Youth Middle.  All have been cited for his or her contributions to the DMV group. 

MLS Creates a Distinctive All Star Week 

MLS made this probably the most distinctive all-star weeks.  It was a collection of occasions that have been designed to get the youth and the group concerned. 

The group partnered with Seton Elementary and had 6,000 volunteers move out meals for 100,000 residents.  DC Scores additionally contributed by offering an on-going program designed to mix the educating of writing abilities and soccer directions. 

There was additionally a soccer abilities occasion on the White Home that featured participation of First Woman Jill Biden and the Head of State himself, President Joe Biden.