The Long Island Soccer Player Hall of Fame will induct three new members – goalkeeper Alan Mayer, midfielder Michael Collins and goalkeeper Lori Walker-Hock – via a Zoom event Saturday, March 13 at 7 p.m.

The Paul LeSueur Ambassador Award, named after the late executive director of the LISPHOF, will be awarded posthumously to former Cosmos head coach Gordon Bradley, who also helped form the Massapequa Soccer Club.

Alan Mayer

Mayer, an All-American goalkeeper from Islip, N.Y. with a 16-year professional career from 1974 to 1992, has been inducted into the Islip High School Hall of Fame, James Madison University Hall of Fame and the Indoor Soccer Hall of Fame.

In the North American Soccer League, Mayer rperformed for the Baltimore Comets, San Diego Jaws, Las Vegas Quicksilvers, San Diego Sockers and California Surf. In the Major Indoor Soccer League, he played for the Pittsburgh Spirit, New Jersey Rockets, Sockers, Las Vegas Americans and Kansas City Comets.

“I am very honored and humbled to be inducted into the Long Island Soccer Player Hall of Fame,” Mayer said in a statement. “Playing soccer enabled me to travel all throughout the United States and the World, and I was always very proud to say I was from Long Island. It is exciting to be inducted with Michael Collins, a friend and competitor during my soccer career, and I am especially honored to join my good friend Shep Messing who was an original inductee in the Long Island Soccer Player Hall of Fame.”

Michael Collins

Collins, a graduate from St. John the Baptist High School in West Islip, N.Y. is son of the late Mr. Peter Collins, the longtime President of the Long Island Junior Soccer League. Collins was a midfielder with a 17-year career spanning from 1980-97 with more than a dozen indoor soccer teams from Buffalo to San Diego and a stint with the New York Arrows.

Walker-Hock is the head 2omen’s soccer coach at Ohio State University. She played in the Massapequa Soccer Club for the Massapequa Falcons.

A native of Albany, N.Y. Walker-Hock commuted to Falcons games. She is a graduate of the University North Carolina where she was a member of four NCAA Division I with a career goals-against average of 0.41. She allowed only 10 goals in 2,206 minutes and holds a share of the NCAA tournament record with a 0.00 GAA.

She also had a 12-year career as a women’s soccer color analyst for ESPN, NBC and Fox Sports covering professional women’s soccer, the U.S. women’s national team, two Olympics and Women’s World Cup.

Bradley came to the United States in the 1960s after a professional playing career of more than 10 years in England. He was player-coach of the New York Ukrainians team that won the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup in 1965 and the New York Hota side that won the Open Cup in 1971 (the latter while he was coaching the Cosmos).

He directed the Cosmos from 1971-75 as the team captured the 1972 North American Soccer League title.  After leaving the Cosmos, he was vice president and coach of the Washington Diplomats from 1977 to 1980 and ranked fifth on NASL coaching victories with 114.  Bradley became the only man to have coached Pele, Franz Beckenbauer and Johan Cruyff, three of the world’s greatest players at that time.

Bradley also served as coach of the U.S. men’s national Team for five games in the fall of 1973. In the last of those games, against Israel in Beersheba on Nov. 15, 1973, he placed himself in the U.S. lineup, becoming the only man ever to be player-coach of the USMNT.

“Gordon Bradley embodied the spirit of the Paul LeSueur Ambassador Award, as he was the ultimate Ambassador of the Game on Long Island and across the United States,” Hall executive director Jim Kilmeade said in a statement. “His impact on Long Island’s soccer history is immeasurable. As the Head Coach of the NY Cosmos, Gordon spread the Soccer Gospel to every part of Long Island. He gave countless clinics and talks and galvanized with his passion and personality. He not only helped start the Massapequa Soccer Club from scratch, but also the Long Island Junior Soccer League (LIJSL). He was the most humble person and many of us are still in this great game, as a result of the influence of Gordon Bradley.”

One year ago today, the Long Island Soccer Player Hall of Fame was unaware how fortunate it was as it held one of the last public events on Long Island. Events began being cancelled the next day due to COVID-19 precautions.

“Like most people, I can’t believe that an entire year has passed, and we are in the same ‘holding pattern,’ for the past 12 months,” Hall founder Kevin McCrudden said in a statement. “Our heart goes out to those that have lost family members and loved ones, as well as to the Long Island Soccer Community that has also lost many people to the COVID19 global pandemic.”

 

CLASS of 2013
Shep Messing
Chris Armas
Paul LeSueur
Kim Wyant
CLASS of 2014
Sara Whalen (Hess)
Sue Ryan
Jackie Shannon
Ritchie Kotshau
Dominic Pedone
CLASS of 2015
Mike Windischmann
Emily Pickering (Harner)
Tommy Lang
Alan Bodenstein
Eddie Cody*
CLASS of 2016
Giovanni Savarese
Paul Riley
Jim Rooney
Mike Masters
Kevin Anderson
Danny Mueller
Steve Cadet
Danielle Egan (Reyna)
Jim Kilmeade
CLASS of 2017
Kim Conway
Gina Tucker
Laura Martin
Caitlin Connolly
Traci Sofsian Maier
Dina Grossman-Case
Christie Welsh
CLASS of 2018
Alain Maca
Dan McCrudden
Ron Eden
John McCrudden
Christopher W. Tyson
Ronnie Atanasio
Jim McGeough*
Bobby Auletta
CLASS of 2019
Carlos Mendes
Jennifer Tiejten
Margaret Tiejten
Tommy Lips
Mark Semioli
CLASS of 2020
Chris Wingert
Gary Sullivan
Christina Dimartino
Gina Dimartino
Vicki Dimartino
Mary Frances Monroe
Paul Grafer
CLASS of 2021
Michael Collins
Alan Mayer
Lori Walker-Hock