Jack Hynes

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Jack Hynes
Born: October 26, 1920
Died: September 3, 2013

Born in 1920, Hynes emigrated to the United States from Scotland when he was thirteen years old. When he arrived in the U.S., he entered Curtis High School on Staten Island, New York. He played on the Curtis soccer team, spending two seasons as the team captain. However, he did not confine himself to high school soccer, but also played for the professional Brooklyn St. Mary's Celtic of the American Soccer League (ASL). In 1938, Brooklyn went to the National Challenge Cup where the team lost the home and away series to Chicago Sparta, 8-0 on aggregate. Hynes came on as a substitute in the game in Chicago. After the National Cup, Hynes moved to Swedish F.C. which played in the National Soccer League of New York. In 1940, Swedish F.C. won both the league and cup titles. They repeated the cup title in 1941, the same year that Hynes moved back to the ASL where he joined the New York Americans. While Hynes began his career as an amateur, he received a nominal payment for games and in 1939 the president of USSF declared Hynes and fellow Swedish F.C. player, Gene Olaff, to be professionals.

Hynes spent only two years with the Americans before joining the U.S. Army's 80th Division during World War II. Despite significant wounds received during the Battle of the Bulge, Hynes recovered and rejoined the Americans with whom he played until 1952. He then signed with Brookhattan, but in 1954, he moved across town to Brooklyn Hakoah. In 1956, he was named the ASL MVP. The next season, Hakoah won the ASL championship. Despite these achievements, Hynes moved back to Brookhattan in 1957. He was once again the league MVP and second on the league’s scoring list. In 1959, Hynes made one last move, this time to Colombo, an expansion ASL club in Brooklyn. Hynes both played and coached Colombo, but the team lasted only the 1959-1960 season before folding. Despite being a first year team, Colombo won the ASL championship. By this time Hynes legs were failing and a fifth operation on his knees led him to retire from playing professionally.

John “Jack or Jackie” Hynes (1920 – August 3, 2013) was a Scottish-born American soccer forward. He spent over twenty years in the American Soccer League, twice earning league MVP recognition. In 1949, he earned four caps with the U.S. national team. In addition to playing professional soccer, Hynes was a New York City fireman from 1947 to 1975 and served in the U.S. Army in World War II. He is a member of the National Soccer Hall of Fame.

National Team
Hynes earned four caps with the U.S. national team when he was selected for the squad which competed in the 1949 NAFC Championship. That year, the cup was used as the North American regional qualification tournament for the 1950 FIFA World Cup. The U.S. finished second out of the three teams and qualified for the World Cup finals. However, Hynes was not selected for the finals team after the New York Times published remarks Hynes had made criticizing USSF’s player selection process.

Post-playing career
After retiring from playing, Hynes was both a high school and collegiate referee and coach. His coaching stints included Wagner College. He also coached his old National Soccer League of New York team, Swedish F.C.

In 1977, Hynes was inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame.

In 1997, the Eastern New York State Soccer Association inducted Hynes into its Hall of Fame.

In 2001, the soccer great suffered a mini-stroke on Thanksgiving. He died on August 3, 2013 at the age of 92 in Staten Island, New York