USL News Release
Tuesday, December 2, 2014
TAMPA, Fla. – Longtime American soccer advocates Phil Rawlins and Peter Zaratin have earned election into the USL Hall of Fame and will be enshrined alongside nearly 100 of the most influential names in the domestic game upon their induction in December. Rawlins, Founder and President of Orlando City SC, will join the USL Men’s Hall of Fame in the Builder category, while Long Island Rough Riders CEO Zaratin will be inducted into the USL Women’s Hall of Fame, also as a Builder.
he USL Hall of Fame Class of 2014 will be formally inducted at the USL Hall of Fame Banquet on Friday, December 12, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach in Florida. Honorees were chosen through a vote of current Hall of Fame members, USL teams and the USL Hall of Fame Committee.
Rawlins and Zaratin are being recognized for their tremendous efforts and personal sacrifices made on behalf of USL and the sport of soccer in North America. Additionally, Atlanta Silverbacks FC is being honored as a 10+ Club after having completed their 10th consecutive season in the W-League.
2014 USL Men’s Hall of Fame
Builder – Phil Rawlins, Orlando City SC
The Founder and President of Orlando City SC, Rawlins has led his club to remarkable success since the inception of USL PRO. Under his stewardship the Lions have not only been a force on the field, with three regular-season titles and two USL PRO Championships, but also off the field, where year-on-year growth in attendance, including a record 20,886 fans at the 2013 USL PRO Championship Game, saw the club’s goal of membership in Major League Soccer come to fruition last year. Rawlins has also been a leader as a member of USL PRO’s Board of Governors, helping the league forge forward during the past four years, imparting his insight and knowledge to the league’s new franchises.
2014 USL Women’s Hall of Fame
Builder – Peter Zaratin, Long Island Rough Riders
Peter Zaratin is the CEO of the Long Island Rough Riders, who joined the W-League in 2007 on the heels of the success of the men’s team, which he acquired in 2005. The Rough Riders have been a steady presence in the Northeastern Conference, reaching the playoffs in three of their first seven seasons. Today, the Rough Riders have grown into a full-service integrated soccer club, which also includes a youth development program known as the Junior Rough Riders which competes in the Super Y League. In addition, the Rough Riders conduct camps, leagues, tournaments and training services for the Long Island soccer community.
2014 USL 10+ Club
Atlanta Silverbacks SC (W-League)
Since making their W-League debut in 2005, the Atlanta Silverbacks have been a consistent force in the league, reaching the championship match in only their third season and taking home the title in 2011. The Silverbacks made their intentions clear from the beginning, falling one spot short of the playoffs in their first season. A 9-2-1 regular-season record in 2007 saw Atlanta take home its first division title, and the team rode the momentum to the W-League title match before falling against the Washington Freedom. After three more trips to the post-season and a spot in the final four in 2010, the Silverbacks brought home the elusive title in 2011 with a convincing 6-1 win against the previously undefeated Ottawa Fury in the championship match. Notable former Silverbacks include Canadian International Melissa Tancredi and University of Florida star Savannah Jordan.