Five players who made an impact in local and professional soccer will be inducted into the Long Island Soccer Player Hall of Fame Saturday.

They will be honored at the Huntington Hilton in Melville, N.Y. in the event.

Those players are:

* Central defender Carlos Mendes, a Mineola, N.Y. native who played for the Long Island Rough Riders, New York/New Jersey MetroStars and Red Bulls, Columbus Crew, Rochester Rhinos and Cosmos. He most recently coached Cosmos B in the National Premier Soccer League and will direct the Cosmos in the NPSL and in the NPSL Founders Cup this year.

* Jennifer and Margaret Tietjen, Huntington, N.Y. natives who were standouts with the Long Island Lady Riders. They are coaching college soccer, Jennfier as an assistant coach at Central Connecticut State and Margaret as head coach at the University of Connecticut.

* Defender Mark Semioli of Hauppauge, N.Y., who played for the LA Galaxy and MetroStars in Major League Soccer.

* And ex-Puerto Rican international Tommy Lips, who performed for the L.I. Rough Riders, New England Revolution and a FC St. Gallen (Switzerland). He is also the head coach at Smithtown West High School.

The gala is a stand-alone event this year and will not be part of the LIJSL convention, which will be held the weekend of March 9-10.

Tickets are $150 apiece.

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Front Row Soccer editor Michael Lewis has covered 13 World Cups (eight men, five women), seven Olympics and 25 MLS Cups. He has written about New York City FC, New York Cosmos, the New York Red Bulls and both U.S. national teams for Newsday and has penned a soccer history column for the Lewis, who has been honored by the Press Club of Long Island and National Soccer Coaches Association of America, is the former editor of He has written seven books about the beautiful game and has published ALIVE AND KICKING The incredible but true story of the Rochester Lancers. It is available at