Joseph “Joe” Maca

A defender who was a member of the United States team that beat England in the 1950 World Cup.

Maca played all three of the United States’ games at that World Cup, and scored a goal in the last of them, against Chile. At the time, Maca was playing in the American Soccer League for Brooklyn Hispano, and had been chosen as the ASL’s most valuable player for the 1949-50 season.

Maca, who was born in raised in Belgium, was one of three players who played for the United States in the famous victory over England in that World Cup who were not American citizens but had formally declared their intention of becoming citizens. However, Maca was the only one of the three who eventually did.

Inducted in 1976.