Tony Gaitan (left), Paraguay national coach Juan Carlos Osorio and Adrian Gaitan. (Photo courtesy of the Gaitan family)
The Gaitan family will hold a memorial service for Tony Gaitan at St. Anthony’s Church in Oceanside, N.Y. Saturday, June 29 at 10:45 a.m.
Gaitan passed away June 20. He was 81.
He was a noted youth soccer coach who directed teams to the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association State Cup championships and a man who was passionate about the beautiful game.
He is the father of former Long Island Rough Riders defender Adrian Gaitan, who coached current USWNT midfielder Allie Long on the Oceanside Express and Albertson Express, and the grandfather of Nicholas Gaitan who has been playing overseas recently. Long is with the national team at the Women’s World Cup in France.