A goalkeeper who played 17 a remarkable seasons for the same team in the American Soccer League.
Chesney began playing with the New York Americans in 1931, as the original ASL was winding down, and then played for that team in the second ASL until 1948. Along the way, he starred in the team that won an ASL championship in 1936 and the one that took the U.S. Open Cup in 1937. In 1933, his New
York Americans team had lost to Stix, Baer & Fuller of St. Louis in the cup final, but it came back four years later to defeat the same team, now playing under the name St. Louis Shamrocks, in the final.
Although he never played for the full U.S. national team, which played only seven games during the entire decade of the 1930s, he gained the nickname “The International Man” for his frequent appearances for ASL selections against foreign teams. The most noteworthy of those games were three against the touring Scottish all-stars in 1935 and 1939, and they also included games in other years against teams from England, Czechoslovakia, Palestine, Cuba, Brazil and Mexico.
Inducted in 1966.