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LI Soccer Player HOF To Induct Six New Members

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The Long Island Soccer Player Hall of Fame has announced the induction class of 2015, including Michael Windischmann, Emily Pickering Harner, Michael Collins, Tommy Lang, Alan Bodenstein, and special honoree Eddie Cody. 

“It is a tremendous honor for me to name the Class of 2015 into the Long Island Soccer Player Hall of Fame,” said Hall of Fame founder Kevin McCrudden.  “Long Island, for so many years, was considered the “hot bed” for soccer talent in America, and it is such a privilege to honor those players that are a part of that heritage as a reminder to our current players that Long Island has a tremendous soccer history and legacy to live up to.”

The LISPHOF annual induction ceremony will take place in conjunction with the Long Island Junior Soccer League Convention at the Hilton Huntington Hotel in Melville, NY on Saturday, March 7th.  For information on the organization and how to purchase tickets to the induction ceremony click here. 

Windischmann is a product of Adelphi University where he was a four-year starter, an All-State selection each of his four years, and an All-American in 1985.    He played in the World University Games in 1985 and 1987, and was a member of the Gold Medal US Olympic Festival team in 1986 and Bronze Medalist in ’85.  He was also a member of the 1988 US Olympic Team, 1987 Pan American team, and USMNT youth team in 1983 and 1984 youth World Cup qualifying team.  A member of the United States Soccer Hall of Fame, Cosmopolitan Junior Soccer League Hall of Fame, and Adelphi University Hall of Fame, he earned 50 “CAPS” with the full US National Team from 1984- 1990, and was the youngest starter in program history, starting as a 17-year old  vs Ecuador in 1984.  He was captain of the U.S. National Team for four years, including the 1990 team, which was the first US team to qualify for the World Cup in 40 years.  He holds the U.S. National-team record for the most consecutive games played (36) and started (33), and was the 1989 U.S. Soccer Athlete of the Year.  He went on to play professionally for the Albany Capitals of the ASL in 1989 and was a member of the Los Angeles Lazers of MISL in 1987-88.

Pickering was one of the original members and team captain of the first ever US Women’s National Team.   A Massapequa native, she was the High School Female Athlete of the Year, a McDonald’s High School All-American, and an Empire State Game Gold Medalist four times before heading off to the University of North Carolina where she was a three-time All-American and four time NCAA National Champion.  Emily was also the first American soccer player to play professionally in Europe, playing in Italy for Juventus Feminile.  She was inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame in 1986.

Lang is currently the men’s soccer coach at Southern Connecticut College, but he started his youth career with the New Hyde Park Kickers/ Garden City Centennials of the Long Island Junior Soccer League and was an All-County player for New Hyde Park H.S.  He went on to play at Adelphi University from 1973-76, winning a national championship in 1974.  Tom played professionally for the New York Cosmos (’77-’78), Colorado Caribous (’78-’79), and the Atlanta Chiefs and New Jersey Americans of the American Soccer League (ASL) (’79-’80), and also coached the 1984 Lynbrook Over 30 team that won the National Championship of the US Open Cup.

Bodenstein is a graduate of Hofstra University and represents a generation of players in the United States, like some of his fellow inductees, when there was no outdoor professional soccer league in America, and therefore spent most of his career playing indoor soccer. He was drafted in 1979 by the NY Arrows. He also played with the New York Express (1986), Fort Wayne Flames (1986 – 1989), New York Kick (1990) and Dayton Dynamo (1990 – 1991).  In 1985 Alan signed with Karlsruher S.C. in Germany, but never made an appearance for the club.  He was also a member of the US Pan American team and US Maccabiah teams from 1982 through 1993.

Collins is the son of long time LIJSL President Peter Collins and has the unique designation of being one of the first players to be drafted directly out of high school to play professional soccer.

“It’s an honor to be remembered with some of the top players and people that have represented Long Island soccer over the years,” Collins said when told of his induction.

He was a star at St. John the Baptist High School in West Islip where he won three state titles and was drafted by the NY Arrows where he played from 1981 through 1984.  He also played with Baltimore (’84-’86), and went back to New York before heading out to Los Angeles from ’86-’89 and finishing with St. Louis in 1990.  He was an MISL All-Star in 1987 and 1989, with a 14 goal average over 9 seasons.  He also had 3 “CAPS” with the USMNT and played for the U20 USMNT 14 times between 1988 and 1989.

Eddie Cody is an original member of the HBC TOPSoccer program.  Now 52 years old, he recently retired after an incredible 30 seasons as a standout defender on a team that won numerous regional and NYS TOPSoccer and Special Olympics championships, while also taking part in national Special Olympics competitions.

“I am so very excited about this year’s inductees,” said former LIJSL president and LISPHOF committee members Addie Mattei-Iaia.  “What a great group. Being involved in soccer for so many years and being President of the LIJSL, I have had the pleasure of knowing many of these players and their families for many years.  It is a pleasure to acknowledge them and their amazing success in soccer.”

The Long Island Junior Soccer League, a presenting sponsor of the LISPHOF and the induction dinner and ceremony on the 7th, would like to congratulate all of this year’s inductees and thank them for their contributions to the game of soccer here on Long Island.

To purchase tickets click here.

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