Southern California Soccer Loses A Close Friend

Dec. 17, 2007

The soccer community lost a good friend this month, just before the USC women's soccer team captured the 2007 NCAA championship. USC head coach Ali Khosroshahin learned of the passing of his friend and mentor, Heros Baghoumian, shortly after the Trojans beat UCLA in the NCAA Semifinals on Dec. 7. Baghoumian had been a FIFA referee and a longtime youth and collegiate official in Southern California, where he and Khosroshahin became close friends.

'Since I first met Heros when I was 15, he always maintained a watchful eye over me as a player and as a coach, making certain that I always stayed on the right path,' Khosroshahin said. 'He was the type of person who would always discipline, motivate and inspire you all within the same conversation. The way he carried himself should be an example to all. Heros will be certainly be missed.'

Khosroshahin spoke with Baghoumian while in Texas for the 2007 Women's College Cup, where he learned his friend had had a heart attack. Baghoumian, a native of Tehran, held the distinction of becoming the youngest FIFA referee in Iranian history and also had served as the head of referees for the Big West Conference.

A memorial fund has been established in Baghoumian's name at Washington Mutual Bank. To make a donation to the Heros Baghoumian Memorial Fund, visit any Washington Mutual Branch and make a donation under account number 9343095942, or donate using the routing number 322271627. The family greatly appreciates any and all donations.

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