As part of the 50th Anniversary of Washington Youth Soccer, we want to know who the best men, women, and soccer citizens have been over the first 50 years of WA Youth Soccer. In a soccer-rich community like Washington, the Top 50 players could be hotly debated...
Some are his boyhood heroes. Some he played beside. Others he coached, recruited or now discusses as an analyst for Sounders FC. For sure, Peter Fewing’s selection spans a huge portion of Washington Youth Soccer’s 50 years.
Fewing notes some were automatic, lock-step submissions, based on their illustrious careers on multiple levels. The agonizing, he confessed, began as the number of spaces shrunk. He weighed several factors. What if this player’s career had corresponded with greater professional opportunities? Or what if this guy hadn’t been hurt? And how to figure in the pioneer factor?
“Jeff Stock, Mark Peterson, Jeff Durgan and Jimmy McAlister–those four guys were really breaking ground in the NASL,” said Fewing of his onetime idols. “In a time when Americans got very few opportunities, they were more than just competent, they were making significant contributions on the field.”
Fewing noted that Chance Fry, Bill Crook and Bernie James carved out extended careers when leagues were constantly on shaky ground.
A native of Burien, Fewing later was a teammate of the aforementioned–and seven other selections–for FC Seattle of the Western Soccer League. Bobby McAlister starred for his Seattle University teams. Fewing has coached the Redhawks for 23 years, twice winning national championships before moving up to Division I.
“It struck me that at all the different levels we’ve had guys excel. We’ve had a lot of players who have made an impact in the game for the U.S.,” remarked Fewing. “When I go around the country now, people are a lot more interested in what’s going on here. It used to be that St. Louis was the hotbed, but I think Seattle’s surpassed that now.”
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Fewing’s Top 18 – Made in Washington