Western Mass Pioneers 20th Anniversary Team

Celebrating the 20 Best Players in Pioneers History

Jeff Deren
Jeff Deren was an outstanding striker and played over 100 games with the club. Jeff says "The Western Mass Pioneers will always hold a special place in my soccer memory. Having played over 100 games in front of family, friends and some of the greatest supporters in the country was unbelievable. There is such a rich history and mystique around the club and Lusitano Stadium, to be remembered as one of the all-time greats is an incredible honor." 

Kyle Fletcher

Kyle was a dynamic defender who played with us between 1999-2005.  He said: "I am truly honored and proud to be named to the Western Mass Pioneers top 20 players list on the 20th Anniversary of our Club and Team.  The Gremio Lusitano represents more than just a stadium to me.  It is the meeting place where the families of Ludlow would come to cheer on their beloved team and enjoy a night out under the lights of the Gremio.  I had the pleasure of experiencing 7 great years with the Pioneers, playing some great futbol with some very talented players and devoted Professionals.   My days playing at the Lusitano Stadium were by far my best years as a player.  My family and I have many fond memories of the supportive and friendly people in and around the town that stood by me during my time in Ludlow.  Joe and Juanita Testori, Eddie and Suzanne Tremble, Brad Miller, Paul Kelly....it was like having a family away from home.   And who can forget the 1999 Championship Season or the 2005 National Final or the chance to play the Chicago Fire in the US Open Cup.   Thank you Rick Andre and Leszek Wrona for giving a young Canadian a chance to realize a lifelong dream of winning a Championship as a Professional and Captaining the 2005 National Finalist Team.   I will never forget our days together on and off the pitch or the wonderful fans, families and friends I had the opportunity to meet, some of which are my closest friends today.  Thank you again, the Pioneers will forever have a place in the hearts of the Fletcher family."

Paul Kelly

Paul Kelly named to the 20th Anniversary Team! Paul was an excellent defender here from 1999-2002. He says "Playing with the Pioneers was the most fun I ever had playing soccer. The support of the fans, the history of Gremio Lusitano stadium, the greatest teammates, and winning...It's really cool to be selected for this honor, thank you. I'm looking forward to a great event in August and partying like it's 1999!"

Everson Maciel
Everson played here 2004-2008 at midfield and made 2004, 2005, and 2006 All League First Team, 2007 All League Second Team, and named #9 on the USL Second Division Top Team of the Decade! He stated that "It is an honor to be on the Top 20 Players for such a great club. Western Mass Pioneers has the best soccer environment in the country. For me it was always a pleasure playing for the club. There is no way to not give 110% in every game when you play at Lusitano stadium. Thanks to everyone involved within the club. You are the best!"

Bryan O'Quinn

Bryan played here  2002-2005 (4 seasons) and in 2005 set the season record for GAA and shutouts 

He stated that "I have a wonderful love, admiration, and respect for the Pioneers organization.  For this team and club to achieve 20 years of success is a testament to the great leadership and devote passion that the organization has to the growth and development of the game.  I grew up in Agawam Massachusetts.  But I fell in love with soccer, the Lusitano Club, and Ludlow at a very early age.  Roughly when I was 10 years old, Tony Salvador and Joe Alves, recruited me to play for their Lusitano club team.  I cannot thank them enough for seeing potential in me and helping me develop my game.  Over the next 10 years I had the opportunity to play with the Lusitano club, the Jr Pioneers, and the Lusitano Whites and every day I had a chance to play a game at Lusitano Stadium was a special experience for me, no matter if it was in my days as a youth, or as a professional.  The community in Ludlow, is like no other soccer community I have ever experienced.  It didn’t matter if I was playing a men’s league game for the Lusitano Whites or a Pro game with the Pioneers, the fans and residents of this wonderful town always came out to support their team.  There was a wonderful camaraderie and family feel to playing in our stadium and to this day I miss the experience of playing in goal with fans hanging over the chain linked fence around the field yelling support to our teams!


As for my days with the Pioneers, I was honored to play professionally for the club that I had played my entire meaningful youth career for.  I loved working with Rick (Anthony), Greg K, Lesek, and John Voight, throughout my career!  As aforementioned, it was an absolute pleasure stepping on the pitch to play every home game for our team.  There was a special feeling coming out of the locker rooms on game day and hearing the joy and support of our fans there behind us.  Not only were the fans wonderful for us on the field, but many would stay after the game to share stories, talk about the game, and to interact with us players.  It was an outstanding experience and I appreciated the bond that I made with the fans and with my teammates.  I played with some wonderful professionals and friends, and our memories and experiences together will never be forgotten.   I appreciate everything that the Lusitano club has done for me over the years, I spent my youth at the Stadium, and the Ludlow community helped me to understand the importance of passion and family.   I greatly appreciate this honor, but more importantly I appreciate the opportunity and love that this club and community offered to me over the years!

Danny Pires

Danny played here from 1999-2003 as a GK.  He states "I'm honored to be part of the Western Mass Pioneers 20th Anniversary Team.  The Pioneers will always have a special place in my heart especially with Ludlow being my hometown and being able to play in front of all my family and friends.  We had a great group of guys and shared many fantastic memories and accomplishments.  There is no better place to play than at Lusitano Stadium!"

James Proctor
James played here 2002-2003 at midfield. He was the 2002 USL D3 Pro League Assist Leader and made All League First Team. He was also the 2003 Assist Leader. He says "playing for the Pioneers was an amazing experience that I'll never forget! I loved the community, supporters, organization and was privileged to play with some tremendous players that I'm still friends with to this day."

Maxi Viera

Maxi Viera started playing here in 2013 and immediately made an impact. This dynamic midfielder can do it all – defend, pass and shoot. From Montevideo, Uruguay, Maxi came here straight from the University of Rio Grande. He also won the 2016 Goal of the PDL Playoffs. Maxi said “I want to thank the Pioneers for giving me a chance to be a part of this huge event and have the opportunity to play alongside great players that represented the club in the past.”

John Voight
John Voight makes our 20th Anniversary Team! John was our starting goalie from 1998-99.  John was on the 1999 National Championship Team and was also named the National Championship MVP, and later coached the Pioneers from 2001-03, and 2002 Division Champions. John said “What a great honor it is to be chosen to the Pioneers 20th anniversary team! Winning the national championship at Lusitano Stadium in front of thousands of our fans was the highlight of my playing career. We had an incredible group of players who all had a great passion for the game and winning. We were also very fortunate to be a part of such a tremendous organization and play in a fantastic environment and for the best fans in Soccer Town USA!"  I would like to thank GM Kolodziey for setting up this fantastic event, Celso Correia for his vision and fortitude in building this club, to the Gremio Lusitano for their support, Rick Andre for facilitating our success and John Ingalls for assisting me during my coaching tenure. Best wishes for the upcoming season!" John is also returning to the Pioneers this year as the GK coach!