John “Jackie” Hynes

A forward who had a long career in the top ranks of American soccer, both before and after suffering serious wounds in World War II.

Hynes joined ASL power St. Mary’s Celtic of Brooklyn in 1935, the year after he emigrated from Scotland and while he was still in high school. He won ASL titles with New York Hakoah in 1957 and New York Colombo in 1960. He also won one U.S. Open Cup  with St. Mary’s Celtic in 1938, and was runnerup with St. Mary’s Celtic in 1939 and New York Hakoah in 1957. He was named the ASL’s most valuable player in 1956.

Hynes played the largest part of his professional career, 12 seasons, with the New York Americans, and also represented the ASL in all-star teams that played dozens of touring foreign teams, including his native Scotland, over the years.

Hynes played for the U.S. national team in the qualifying round of the 1950 World Cup, appearing in all four of the United States’ games at the qualifying tournament in Mexico City in 1949.

Inducted in 1977.