NORTHEAST GLENDALE — The second and final day of the sixth annual Leo Nedeff Memorial Soccer Tournament happened to land on Father's Day.
The appropriate nature of the coincidence wasn't lost on many of the volunteers, coaches and players who attended and participated in the American Youth Soccer Organization tournament at the Glendale Sports Complex named in honor of Nedeff, who was a dedicated family man in his own right, as well being widely acknowledged as the father of modern youth soccer officiating in the region.
"I'm sure he's tickled pink wherever he is," said Jordan Nedeff, who on Saturday donned the yellow and black pinstriped referee jersey in honor of his late father, a former volunteer coach, referee, administrator and mentor who tirelessly served AYSO Region 88, which covers Glendale and La Crescenta, until he passed away in 2004 at age 72 after a battle with mesothelioma. "We all have mentors and that's what he was about. He was a man that had a lot integrity and character. Big shoes to fill for me on a Father's Day, but that's what we're here for, we're all about the mentoring."