An “Oldy but Goody”

Posted: March 25, 2013 by sabeeson in IU Men's Soccer
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Even though Angelo DiBernardo played for Indiana from 1976-1978, he should not counted out of the greats that went through the program, in fact, he may be one of the greatest of the greats to go through the program. 

In the 1978 season, DiBernardo was given the Hermann Trophy as the top collegiate player in the country. He then left the Hoosiers to follow every players dream and go pro. His career at Indiana ended with 54 goals, 17 assists, and 125 total points. Much later after leaving the university, he was inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame at IU in 1991 and also selected to the Soccer America College Team of the Century. Yes, that says Century, as in 100 years, as in he was named as one of the greatest collegiate players of the 1900’s. That’s just not normal.

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DiBernardo went on to play for numerous NASL teams, such as the LA Aztecs and the New York Cosmos, but his real notoriety comes from his time with the U.S. National Team. 

Playing every national game in 1979, DiBernardo was selected to play for the 1980 Olympic Team. Unfortunately, he was not able to play due to Presidents Carter’s boycott because the Olympics were being hosted by the Soviet Union. I personally find it funny that the winter Olympics were held that year in Lake Placid, NY where the U.S. Men’s National Ice Hockey team defeated the Soviet Union to win the gold medal, but that’s completely beside the point. 

After being cut from the Cosmos because of a pay cut, DiBernardo returned to the national stage. He played for two of the United States’ games in the 1984 Olympics and then played in the qualification game for the 1985 World Cup, but lost to Costa Rica.

With a back injury ending his career while playing for an indoor soccer league with the St. Louis Steamers, DiBernardo moved onto a fulfilling career as a Spanish teacher and soccer coach at Waubonsie Valley High School in Aurora, Illinois and also founded America’s Soccer Club with Rudy Keller, which is a girl’s and boy’s soccer club in Naperville, Illinois.

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Photo Courtesy of wvhs-warriorsoccercamp.com

Despite his injury, Angelo DiBernardo continued his love for soccer by contributing to youth programs and sharing his passion, an attribute that society should recognize and appreciate. 

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