The Metropolitan Oval Foundation, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to youth soccer and the historic Metropolitan Oval soccer facility, has announced the appointment of four new directors to its Board: Jeffrey Saunders, Kim Wyant, Alex Maffeo, and Charlie Jacob.
The Board also thanks Jim Vogt who, in his role as President, dedicated himself to the Metropolitan Oval’s mission of saving, restoring, and improving the historic Metropolitan Oval facility. Jim was instrumental in saving the Metropolitan Oval from foreclosure, installing a then-revolutionary FieldTurf playing surface, and leading the Metropolitan Oval to its designation as a U.S. Soccer Academy. Jim continues as a member of the Board.
The Board has commenced a search for an executive director, and will administer the Oval’s programs with the assistance of volunteers who have stepped forward to assist during the transition.
Jeffrey Saunders is an Emmy-nominated filmmaker and founder of CinemaCapital, a film production company and a founder of 10,000 Hours, a sports consultancy company. He has worked with companies inlcuding MLB, Nike, Reebok, ESPN as well as soccer clubs around the world, including Ajax in the Netherlands and YSC Sports (Philadelphia Unions youth partner). Jeffrey is a member of the Hobart and William Smith Colleges Hall of Fame, where he was captain and a two time first-team All-American on their soccer team and subsequently played in Europe and Asia. He is also a founder of NYFEST and LAFEST, film and entertainment soccer celebrity events dedicated to raising the profile of soccer in the U.S. and helping underserved youth.
Kim Wyant was the first Goalkeeper for the U.S. Women’s National Team appearing in the inaugural U.S. game in Italy in 1985. She has sixteen international caps and in 2008 In was given the ‘Special Recognition Award’ by the National Soccer Hall of Fame honoring her contribution to the winning way of the Women’s National Team. She is also in the USL and Long Island Soccer Halls of Fame. Kim is a U.S. Soccer licensed coach, holds an NSCAA Premier Diploma, and a Psychology degree from UCF.
Alex Maffeo is Vice President at the private equity firm Inter-Atlantic Group, where he focuses on venture and growth capital investments. He is a former goalkeeper for the U.S. youth national team and a product of the New Jersey club Player Development Academy. Alex was also a four-year letter winner on the soccer team at Columbia University, and holdsa B.A. in Political Science.
Charlie Jacob is an associate at the international law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. Charlie grew up playing at the Oval and went on to become a four-year letter winner on the soccer team at Columbia University. He has a J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law and has served as a fellow to the Sandra Day O’Connor Project on the State of the Judiciary, where he assisted Justice Sandra Day O’Connor in speech preparation.