Efrain Chacurian

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Efrain Chacurian
Personal information
Full name Efrain Chacurian
Date of birth (1924-02-22) 22 February 1924 (age 93)
Place of birth Córdoba, Argentina
Playing position Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1939–1947 Racing Club
1947 New York Armenians
1947–1949 Brooklyn Hispano
1950–1958 New York Swiss
1958–1965 Bridgeport Vasco da Gama
National team
1953–1954 United States 4 (1)
Teams managed
1974–1980 Bridgeport City
1965–1975 Southern Connecticut State University
1976–1979 Yale University (men)
1978–1980 Yale University (women)
1983–1988 Bridgeport College (assistant)
1989– Bridgeport College
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Efraín or Yeprem "Chico" Chacurian (born 22 February 1924 in Córdoba, Argentina) is a retired Argentine-American soccer forward. He was earned four caps, scoring one goal, as a member of the U.S. national team in 1953 and 1954. He was inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame in 1992.

Professional career[edit]

Chacurian was born in Argentina to Armenian immigrant parents. In 1939, he signed with Racing Club of the Argentine First Division. He was fifteen years old at the time. In 1947 at the age of twenty-three, he moved to the United States to live with relatives of his mother to find work when a players' strike in Argentina left him penniless.

When he arrived in New York, he joined the semi-pro New York Armenians of the New York Eastern District League. In the six months he spent with the Armenians, he was named the league MVP as his team took the league title. This brought him to the attention of Brooklyn Hispano of the American Soccer League (ASL). He signed with Hispano in 1947.

When not playing, Chacurian held several side jobs including time as a printer and as a watchmaker. He also played with several All Star teams against visiting European national and professional clubs. This included games in 1949 against Scotland, Inter-Milan and Celtic.

However, in the fall of 1949, Chacurian considered returning to Argentina. As he related it, "I bought a ticket to go home and visit. It took 18 days sailing one-way to Argentina. I saw my mother, and I played professional soccer down there again. Everything was successful, but I realized, I can't live here anymore. America is pulling me back." [1] He was back in the U.S. by the end of February 1950. He then joined the New York Swiss of the German American Soccer League (GASL), and spent the next eight seasons with the Swiss. In 1958, he moved to Bridgeport City in Connecticut.

National team[edit]

In 1949, the U.S. began preparations for the 1950 FIFA World Cup. While the team had considered adding Chacurian to the roster, his return to Argentina to visit his family in 1949 led to his not being selected for the team.[2] Chacurian was not called up to the U.S. until 8 June 1953 when the team lost 6–3 to England. He played the first three games in 1954 as the U.S. attempted to qualify for the 1954 FIFA World Cup. After two losses to Mexico, the U.S. was out of the cup. However, the team had two more qualification games against Haiti yet to play. Chacurian played in both losses to Mexico and the first game against Haiti. In that game, a 3–2 win in Port-au-Prince, Chacurian scored. It was his last game with the national team.

Coaching[edit]

After he retired from playing, Chacurian entered the coaching ranks as an assistant at Southern Connecticut State University. He spent ten years with Southern Connecticut.

In the fall of 1972, Yale University hired Chacurian to coach freshman soccer at Yale. During his first season there Chico guided the team to an undefeated season (10–0) and established a culture of winning and camaraderie; his charges scored 34 goals and had only four scored against them, posting seven consecutive shutouts and even beating the Yale varsity team. In 1976, when freshmen were allowed to join the varsity directly, and the Ivy League discontinued freshman soccer in favor of a junior varsity program, Yale University moved Chacurian up to work in both the men's and then the women's soccer programs. In May 1989, he became the head coach at Bridgeport College after serving as an assistant coach for six years.[3] He also won five league titles as the coach of Bridgeport Vasco da Gama between 1974 and 1980

Chacurian lives in Stratford, Connecticut and has a soccer field in Short Beach named after him. In 1992, he was inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame.

Career statistics[edit]

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 3 March 1954 Paul Magloire Stadium, Port-au-Prince, Haiti  Haiti 2–3 Win 1954 FIFA World Cup Q.
Correct as of 27 August 2011

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