March 5, 2017 | admin
Croatian National Soccer Federation Member Croatian Eagles Milwaukee (Hrvatski Orlovi Milwaukee) is celebrating its 95th Year of existence. Since it’s founding in 1922, the Croatian Eagles have been the longest continually run soccer club in North America. Here is a little history from www.croatianeagles.com :
The desire and need to nurture, foster and perpetuate Croatian heritage was the inspiration behind the formation of Croatian social, religious and political organizations by Croatian immigrants throughout the free world, and the Milwaukee area was no exception. In 1922, the founding of the Croatian Eagles Soccer Club provided the Croatian immigrants in the area with the opportunity to share the love of heritage and soccer with fellow Croatians.
The founding president of the club, and the person most deserving for its organization and growth was Rev. Charles Jesih. According to written records, the following were members of the first major soccer team. Otto Gerhart, Julius Horvath, John Kohler, Mike Markotic, George Mayer, John Nagy, John Newmann, Paul Rechnitger, Peter Roder, Andrija Tajmer, Frank Weber and Steven Weber who was also the club’s manager. The players on the reserve team were Peter Adamovic, Frank Harsh, Joe Kezman, Joe Kovacevic, Frank Markus, John Martinovic, Westley Spencer, Frank Trich and Joe Trich. By 1928 the Eagles had two senior and one junior soccer team.
Today the Croatian Eagles Soccer Club has grown to be one of the most prominent in the midwest with over 40 youth teams consisting of over0 500 players and several adult teams – both men’s and women’s. The Croatian National Soccer Federation of Canada & USA would like to congratulate it’s member club (one of the founder clubs of the Federation) and wish the Eagles many more years of success! Also – the Croatian Eagles will be hosting this year’s Men’s Croatian Tournament in Milwaukee.