in • flu • ence
noun | 1. the capacity to have an effect on the character, development, or behavior of someone or something, or the effect itself.
THEY ARE movers and shakers. They are head honchos and power players. They are team owners and youth coaches and World Cup performers.
They find and develop talent. They set agendas and drive discussion.
They are — in a word — influential.
The people we have chosen to highlight in these pages are the people who shape soccer in New England — the players we look up to and want to emulate, the executives who decide the fates of teams and organizations, the coaches who mold young players, the commentators who inform and analyze, the businessmen who chart the future of our sport, and even a pair of living legends.
These are the 50 most influential people in New England soccer.