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Clay Berling
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Clay Berling

1995 Inductee

1971

Founder of Soccer America

Founder and longtime publisher of Soccer America magazine, the leading American soccer publication from the North American Soccer League era to the Major League Soccer era. Berling, a youth soccer league official, started a weekly newsletter titled Soccer West in 1971, and changed the name a year later to Soccer America. Berling, who worked as an insurance agent, sustained Soccer America through some difficult early times, and by the 1990s, the magazine had become a recognized international authority in the sport. Inducted in 1995.

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