James “Jimmy” McGuire

A former American Soccer League star who went on to serve two widely separated terms as president of the United States Soccer Football Association.

McGuire, who was born and raised in Scotland, began playing for Brooklyn Wanderers of the original American Soccer League in 1929. After the original ASL folded in 1931, he played five season in Britain, for Celtic in Scotland and Northampton Town in England, before returning to the second ASL and Brooklyn St. Mary’s Celtic in 1936. He was a member of the St. Mary’s Celtic team that won the U.S. Open Cup in 1939, beating Manhattan Beer of Chicago in the final, after having lost the final to Chicago Sparta the year before.

McGuire served as president of the ASL from 1947 to 1950, and then was president of the USSFA from 1952 to 1954 and from 1971 until his sudden death in office 1974. During the latter term, he was a member of the FIFA Organizing Committee for the 1974 World Cup in West Germany.

Inducted in 1951.