Efrain “Chico” Chacurian is a retired Hall of Fame Argentine-Armenian soccer player (Forward). He was born in Argentina on February 22, 1924 to Armenian parents. At the age of 15, he turned pro and signed with the Racing Club, a division 1 team in Argentina’s soccer league Primera División. He moved to the United States at the age of 23 and joined a semi pro team the New York Armenians. Within 6 months he was named league MVP and his team won the championship. In 1947, he signed with Brooklyn Hispano (American Soccer League). He also played with several teams against visiting European teams, such as the Scottish National team, Inter Milan, and Celtic. In 1949, the United States national team considered calling him up for the 1950 FIFA World Cup but he had returned to Argentina at the time. He was called up to the national team in 1953 as they attempted to qualify for the 1954 FIFA World Cup. He earned 4 caps, scoring 1 goal in a win against Haiti, for the U.S. national team. After retiring, he was an assistant coach for the Southern Connecticut State University team for 10 years. In 1972, Yale University hired him to coach the freshman team. In his first season, the team went undefeated 10-0 scoring 34 goals with only 4 goals scored against them. They had 7 consecutive shutouts and also beat Yale’s varsity team. He established a culture of winning and camaraderie there. He was moved up to coach both men’s and women’s programs after the Ivy League dissolved the freshman program to create a junior varsity program. From 1974-1980, he won 5 league titles as a coach for the Bridgeport Vasco da Gama (Connecticut Soccer League). After being an assistant coach for 6 years at Bridgeport College, he became the head coach in 1989. Chacurian has a soccer field named after him in Short Beach in Bradford, Connecticut. In 1992, he was inducted in the National Soccer Hall of Fame.