Frank Bertucci was a renaissance man, a lover of Shakespeare, mysteries, the Penn Relays, traveling, and soccer.

In fact, it was difficult to find a bigger soccer authority or enthusiast.

He covered soccer on all levels, including the World Cup, and his passion and knowledge regarding the sport clearly came through in his writing.

A Philadelphia newspaper journalist for 24 years, 14 years as a writer at the Inquirer and 10 more as a copy editor at the Daily News, Bertucci died in May 2015 at the age of 68.

The Union made sure that Bertucci's memory and the contributions he made to the sport will live on by honoring him with a plaque that will hang in its media dining room at Talen Energy Stadium.

The presentation was made before Wednesday's game against the Chicago Fire. Frank's sister, Mary Lou Bertucci, her husband, Bob Rooney, their son, Austin Rooney, and his wife, Dana Sucheki, were there for the presentation.

"This is really very touching and the whole family is thrilled by this," Mary Lou Bertucci said.

The plaque reads: "In recognition of Frank Bertucci's love of and support for the world's sport - soccer - from his native South Philly, to Frank's ancestral home in Italy, he reveled in the glory of the beautiful game."

His sister said that Frank began going to soccer games in England in the 1970s. "He just loved soccer," she said.

His last job in the sport was serving as national editor for Soccer News Net.

Bertucci noticed everything on the field and appreciated the grace and athleticism of the participants.

Most of all, he was a friend to many in not only the soccer community but the journalism field as well.

Even those who didn't get to know him will get to learn about one of the sport's great ambassadors every time they cover the Union.