At the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association Annual General Meeting on Aug. 6, it was unanimously agreed to have a moment of silence to honor the victims of 911 before every game this weekend, on Saturday, Sept. 10 and Sunday, Sept. 11.

Sunday is the 21st anniversary of the 911 tragedy.

“We all know people who died on 911, including those in the soccer community, so we will once again honor them by having a moment of silence,” ENYYSA president Richard Christiano said. “None of our current youth players were alive then so I hope that our gesture will lead them to ask questions of their parents and find out more about that tragic day.”

A total of 2,753 people were killed at the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, including 36 from the New York soccer community.


Joseph Angelini, coach, Lindenhurst Soccer Club
Scott Bart, son of Danny Bart, past president of the Valley Stream Soccer Club and Long Island Junior Soccer League supervisor
Jim Cove, coach, Rockville Centre Soccer Club
Vincent D’Amadeo, coach, Bellport Soccer Club
Andrew Desperito, FDNY, coach of the Bellport Tigers (Boys-Under-11)
Andrew Friedman, coach, Syosset Soccer Club
Bill Gardner, coach, Lynbrook Soccer Club
Edward Geraghty, coach, Rockville Centre Soccer Club
Jim Geyes, coach of the Rockville Centre Lightning (Girls-Under-14)
Thomas Hobbs, coach, Baldwin Scorpions (Boys-Under-11)
Rudy Mastrocinque, coach of the Kings Park Celtic (Boys-Under-12), past president of the club
Kevin Murphy, coach, Northport Youth Center
Gerald Olcott, coach of the Albertson Lightning Bolts (Boys-Under-19)
Adam Ruhalter, coach Plainview/OB (Boys-Under-10)
Howard Selwyn, coach of the Hewlett/Lawrence Blue Blast (Boys-Under-10)
Lonnie Stone, coach, Bellmore PAL
Steve Tighe, coach of the Rockville Centre Revolution (Boys-Under-12)
Danny Trant, former coach of the Northport/Cow Harbor Bandits (Girls-Under-19)
Paul Zols, coach, Oceanside United Soccer Club

Players, parents

Ezra Aviles, Commack
Erwin Ecker, Farmingdale
Craig Gibson, Barnstonworth Rovers FC (Cosmopolitan Soccer League)
Gary Herold, Farmingdale
Billy Johnston, FDNY, played originally for the North Babylon Patriots
Mrs. James Kenworthy, wife of the coach of Downtown United Soccer Club, Farrell Lynch
Joseph Maloney, Sachem Youth Soccer League
Peter Nelson, South Huntington
Patrick O’Shea, Farmingdale
John Paolillo, North Shore Soccer Club
Christopher Quackenbush, Manhasset Soccer Club
Paul Sarle, North Babylon
Tommy Schubert, New York Hota
Chris Sullivan, Farmingdale
Tim Suozzo, Hauppauge
John Tipping II, Smithtown
Sergio Villanueva, FDNY, player, College Point Flames (Long Island Soccer Football League)

A non-profit organization, the 911 New York Soccer Foundation, was created to help the families of the above victims. A fundraiser was held at Farmingdale State College on Nov. 23, 2001 with three friendly games being played that day in front of a large crowd. FDNY played NYPD in the opener, the New York Cosmos Alumni took on the Legends team with the Greens vs. the Blues competing with professional players on both sides.