November 19, 2012
Zungul, DePasquli, Naimo honored by USL
TAMPA, Fla. – Three men with ties to the New York area are among the inductees into the United Soccer League's Men's Women's and MISL Hall of Fame wings in 2012.
Perhaps headlining the entire group of inductees is Slavisa "Steve" Zungul, who was elected into the MISL Hall of Fame
The owner of nearly every MISL record thanks to a memorable 11-year career, Zungul, known as “The Lord of All Indoors,” scored 652 goals and added 471 assists for a total of 1,123 points in 423 games.
He added another 189 points in 77 playoff games while winning eight championships with the New York Arrows and San Diego Sockers. Named MISL MVP six times, Zungul also captured the championship series MVP nod four times. Amongst his most impressive feats are his 108-goal season in 1980-81, a 76-game point scoring streak from 1978-81, and scoring three goals in 37 seconds in a game in 1982. Zungul spent his indoor career with the the New York Arrows, San Diego Sockers, Golden Bay Earthquakes, Tacoma Stars, and also played outdoors in the North American Soccer League.
Selected into the Women's wing were a pair of local coaches, Nino DePasquli of the New York Magix and Charlie Naimo, who is best know for his success with the NJ Wildcats.
The man behind the bench for all 16 of the Magic’s W-League seasons, DePasquali has led the club to the conference quarterfinals in 2002 and 2003 and the final four in 1998, and 1999. The Magic were division champions in 1998. A native of Roma, Italy, his professional career spanned more than 15 years having played for Roma and and Brescia in Italy, Cologne in Germany, San Gallo in Switzerland and Real Betis in Spain. In 2005, he was inducted into the Hall of Fame for the Eastern New York State Amateur Soccer Association.
Head coach of the Pali Blues, Naimo directed his squad to yet another title game in 2012, falling against Ottawa in the final. Naimo spearheaded the Blues to a cumulative 21-0-3 record in 2008 and 2009, capturing a pair of titles in the club’s first two years without experiencing defeat.
Naimo spent the 2007 season coaching Jersey Sky Blue of the W-League with the team finishing 12-2 in the regular season before falling to the Ottawa Fury in the conference semifinal. Naimo first put on the head coaching hat in 1998 with the New Jersey Splash, receiving W-League Coach of the Year accolades in 1999. After a stop with the New Brunswick Power, he took over a struggling New Jersey Wildcats club and orchestrated an entire reconstruction of the organization. In his three seasons with the team, Naimo compiled a 41-1 regular season record, leading the club to regular season titles in 2004 and 2006 while winning the W-League championship in 2005. In 2005 the Wildcats were named the USL Franchise of the Year, and Naimo won the W-League Coach of the Year award in 2006.
Other USL Hall of Fame Inductees are: USL Men's Hall of Fame: Builder – Bill Rudisill, Wilmington Hammerheads; Coach – Laurie Calloway, Des Moines Menace, Syracuse Salty Dogs, Rochester Rhinos; Player – Dustin Swinehart, Charlotte Eagles, Hampton Roads Mariners, Indiana Blast.
USL Women's Hall of Fame: Builder – John Pugh, Ottawa Fury
MISL Hall of Fame:
Builder - Earl Foreman; Coach - Ron Newman, San Diego Sockers; Player - Hector Marinaro, Cleveland Crunch, Cleveland Force, Los Angeles Lazers, Minnesota Strikers.
In addition the USL honor three clubs for their 10+ years of membership, the BYU Cougars, Fresno Fuego and West Virginia Chaos