Class of 2018 Long Island Soccer Player Hall of Fame
- March 8, 2018
-- The Long Island Soccer Player Hall of Fame will celebrate its fifth annual induction ceremony with it's Class of 2018 and honoring the 40th Anniversary of the NY Apollo's 1978 ASL National Championship. The ASL, American Soccer League preceded the NASL (North American Soccer League) and MLS (Major League Soccer) and dates back to the 1930's.
In the 1970's the NY Apollo were a perennial powerhouse being involved in the ASL playoffs and final several times, before breaking through in 1978 and winning the National Championship.
The Apollo were lead by Player / Manager Jim McGeough, who was from Ireland and played in the EPL (English Premiere League) before coming to America. The Apollo were anchored by the "Long Island Defense Corp," Ron Eden, Dan McCrudden and Chris Tyson, all from Long Island.
Other, former Apollo players, Bob Auletta and John McCrudden are also a part of the Class of 2018.
In addition, former NY Cosmos player Ron Atansio, a standout at Oceanside and Adelphi will also be inducted.
Finally, if there were anyone that could be considered, "soccer royalty" in America, it would be Alain Maca. Maca's father, Joe Maca, was on the 1950 US Men's National Team that beat England 1-0. Alain then became the #1 overall draft pick of the first ever NASL draft. Unfortunately, Maca will not be in attendance for the induction dinner, which occurs on Saturday, March 10th in conjunction with the 36th Annual Long Island Junior Soccer League Convention at the Huntington Hilton in Melville.
The Long Island Soccer Player Hall of Fame was established to celebrate the most successful soccer players to come from Long Island. There are currently 28 inductees, 12 of which are women.