|Emilio John and Barry Wallace were inducted into the Kansas Soccer Hall of Fame on September 10, 2011. Both were recognized in the category of Lifetime Achievement. Since its founding four years ago, three coaches with Kansas City United have been inducted, more than any other Club.
The Hall of Fame Committee recognized Emilio by noting:
|Emilio John made the final stop of his professional career as a member of the Kansas City Comets in the early 1980’s. An accomplished player, John played for both the National and Olympic teams in his native Nigeria. He played college soccer at Quincy (Ill.) College and helped them win three NAIA national championships in 1974, 1975, and 1977. He was a finalist for the Herman Award. He was named Rookie of the Year during his first year with the Sacramento Gold of the American Soccer League (ASL) and played for the St. Louis Steamers before joining the Kansas City Comets. After his professional career he began coaching youth players and co-founded the Attack Soccer Club (now know as Kansas City United) in 1994. He coached three of the club’s original teams, each of which won State Championships during John’s tenure as coach. John has coached dozen of players from the Kansas City area who appeared for youth national teams and co-founded the Kansas City Brass in 1997.|
|The Hall of Fame Committee recognized Barry Wallace as follows:|
|Barry Wallace gave to developing soccer in Kansas not just as a youth coach, but also as a teacher of the game. That involved more than just coaching youth players the technical and tactical aspects of the game. Wallace taught players to love the game and to experience the joy in the accomplishment that comes when players grow in the game. Wallace began playing professional soccer when he signed with Queens Park Rangers in 1975 at age 16. His career in England and the United States lasted until 1996. Wallace coached teams in what is now the Kansas City United Soccer Club. He was also quick to help other teams and players when asked, going to games and watching other players when asked. . . . Unfortunately, that teaching ended when Wallace suddenly was taken due to cancer in 2006 at the age of 47. After his death, the Barry Wallace Memorial Foundation was established. The primary purpose of the Foundation is to help young players afford to play soccer when they might not otherwise be able to do so. The Foundation recently awarded a $500 scholarship to a 14-year-old boy this year for just that purpose. Barry Wallace’s legacy continues today through the Foundation.|