The Sockers Mourn The Passing Of Fernando Clavijo

The San Diego Sockers are deeply saddened by the passing of Fernando Clavijo, a prominent person in the world of American soccer, both indoors and outdoors. Clavijo passed away at the age of 63 after battling cancer. He will be remembered for his significant impact on the MISL, MLS and U.S. Soccer. The Sockers offer heartfelt condolences to the Clavijo family.

"We have lost someone who had a significant impact on the sport of soccer in the United States," said Sean Bowers, Sockers General Manager. "His career showcased his talent as a player, coach, and administrator. The entire soccer community will miss Fernando." 

Clavijo won three MISL championships with the Sockers in the four seasons (1984-1988) he played with the team. 

The Clavijo family issued the following statement: "It is with deep sadness that we share the news of Fernando Clavijo's passing on February 8 after a courageous battle with cancer. The support and encouragement he received from friends and the entire soccer community throughout his fight will always be appreciated. At this time the Clavjio family requests privacy as we mourn the loss of a great man and no additional statements will be made. Further details on remembrances and a celebration of his life will be shared in the near future."