United Soccer Leagues officially closed the door on the 2008 season for its senior leagues Friday night at the USL Hall of Fame and Awards Dinner as they recognized outstanding performances by its member teams and executives for the season along with the 2008 Hall of Fame induction ceremony at the Hyatt Regency Tampa. USL Executive Vice President and COO Tim Holt formally inducted the Northern Virginia Majestics as 10+ Club member of the Hall of Fame, recognizing the club’s performance and achievement over the last decade in women’s soccer.
Established in 1998, the Northern Virginia Majestics have become one of the oldest continuously operating women’s soccer clubs in North America. With the W-League team serving as the top amateur level of a very broad youth structure, the Majestics maintain their focus of providing the highest developmental opportunities for the players graduating from the Super Y-League teams. The Majestics work side-by-side with the Northern Virginia Royals in the DC metropolitan area to foster and promote the game of soccer.
The Majestics have reached the W-League playoffs four times in the clubs previous nine seasons: 2002, 2003, 2006 and last season 2007. The Majestics program has garnered numerous league awards to include several All W-League First and Second Team selections and Players of the Week. The club won both W-League Rookie of the Year (Elizabeth Baidu) and Coach of the Year (Hank Leung) in 2002. The Majestics Super Y-League program won two North American Championships, winning the U18 title in 2001 and the U19 title in 2005.
Administratively, the Majestics won Executive of the Year honors in 2000. On the youth side, Northern Virginia Majestics and Royals were named the fifth best Super Y-League club program in North America.
Joining the Majestics as a 10+ Club Hall of Fame members were three PDL Clubs; the Brooklyn Knights, the Central Florida Kraze, and the Westchester Flames.
The Hall of Fame ceremony then transitioned into the recognition of the three individual’s selected as Players and Builders by the previous Hall of Fame inductees and Francisco Marcos, the founder and President of USL. USL Hall of Fame Player and Minnesota Thunder President Manny Lagos inducted former teammate Amos Magee, Rochester Rhinos head coach accepted honors for former teammate Pat Onstad, and Majestics owner Tim Schweitzer honored Builder Mo Sheta.