Builder - John Kerr

John KerrThe late John Kerr was selected for his outstanding work in organizing and leading the North American Soccer League Players Union. Born in Glasgow, Scotland, Kerr started his youth career with Partick Thistle before following his mother to Canada. He played for the Hamilton Steelers during their years in the ECPSL and in 1968 John moved south of the border to play with Detroit Cougars of the United Soccer Association. The same year he made his international debut for Canada against Bermuda in a World Cup qualifier, scoring in a 4-0 win. He would go on to make 10 appearances for his adopted home. Kerr was a nomad in his playing days, spending time in a number of leagues and teams, including Washington Dart of the ASL, New York Hota of the German-American Soccer League, two stints with the New York Cosmos around a season with Club America in Mexico, before retiring with the Washington Diplomats. After his playing career, John took up positions within the players association, at one point working as executive director, a role he briefly held many years later with the Major League Soccer Player's Association. He was also influential in enacting the players strike in 1979 that led to higher salaries. John was also an influential coach of youth soccer in the Washington D.C. area, managing the Fairfax Spartans to the National Amateur Cup Championship in 1986. John Kerr Sr. died in 2011, and is survived by his son, John Kerr, Jr. who is currently the head soccer coach at Duke University.