Albert “Al” Harker

A defender who was a star of the Philadelphia Americans team from the mid-1930s to the late 1940s. Harker was a member of the United States squad at the 1934 World Cup in Italy, and also was selected for the U.S. Olympic team in 1936, although he was unable to make that trip.

Harker joined the Americans, who originally were named the German-Americans, in the fall of 1932, just as they were starting their run of championships. He played for the Americans until 1948, including teams that won the U.S. Open Cup in 1936, the American Soccer League in 1935, 1942, 1944 and 1947, and the National Amateur Cup in 1933 and 1934. For much of that time, Harker and Fred Stoll formed a famous partnership in the center of the Americans’ defense.

Inducted in 1979.