Archer will be missed

For all of its differences, the soccer community is still a family. And like any family it’s difficult, very difficult when you lose a member of that family.

So it was earlier this week when we lost Gary Archer in a freakish boating mishap.

Archer had a couple of daughters he adored and followed relentlessly on the soccer pitch – Jessica at Maria Carrillo and Ali at Montgomery. Both weren’t good players, they were very good players.

And there he was game after game watching, taking pictures, smiling with pride when either one of them excelled.

Don’t know why, but I never called him Gary. Not once that I can recall. He was always Archer.

Archer was a great guy. The soccer community will miss him.

Archer, I’ll miss you.