Gino DiFlorio

Gino DiFlorio is a Canadian former professional soccer player who had an extensive indoor career in North America during the 1990s. Since 2001, he has been the director of coaching at the youth soccer club in Eastern Pennsylvania called HMMS. During his time there, he developed upper tier teams for each age-group designated as "HMMS Eagle FC." Many players from these teams have gone on to play soccer at top college programs (NCAA DI, DII and DIII) in the US, along with a few entering the USL and MLS.

Gino DiFlorio
Personal information
Date of birth (1964-09-18) 18 September 1964
Place of birth Naples, Italy
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1984–1987 Cleveland Force (indoor) 128 (56)
1987–1988 Dayton Dynamo (indoor) 26 (25)
1988–1989 Dallas Sidekicks (indoor) 4 (0)
1989–1991 Canton Invaders (indoor) 74 (94)
1991–1992 Cleveland Crunch (indoor) 28 (15)
1992–1994 Canton Invaders (indoor) 74 (148)
1994 Toronto Rockets
1994–1997 Buffalo Blizzard (indoor) 72 (99)
1997–1998 Cincinnati Silverbacks (indoor) 40 (67)
1998 Cincinnati Riverhawks 23 (12)
1998–2002 Harrisburg Heat (indoor) 125 (179)
1999 Hershey Wildcats 24 (9)
2000 Connecticut Wolves 7 (0)
2002–2003 Baltimore Blast (indoor) 16 (7)
National team
1988 Canada 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Player

Youth

Moved into Canada with his immediate family after the first few years of his life. Growing up and playing recreational soccer, he could not put the soccer ball away, he was hooked. Sometime in his teen years, Gino was recognized by a coach of one of the Canadian Provincial Teams. He was later put on the roster. Not long after that, he was training with the Canadian Youth Team, in which he started every game, but did not make the final roster. He stopped for a year and threw out all of his gear, and moved back to Italy. About a year later, he came back to Canada and was put back on the provincial teams, as the coaches recognized that they could not let talent like that go un-noticed. After coming out of highschool, Jay Fox put him on the road to his professional career.

Professional

DiFlorio began his career in the original Major Indoor Soccer League, joining the Cleveland Force in 1984 or 1985, a club he remained with until 1987. He then played in 1987-8 for the Dayton Dynamo of the American Indoor Soccer Association and in 1988-9 for the Dallas Sidekicks of MISL.

DiFlorio played 1990-1 for the Canton Invaders of the National Professional Soccer League and finished the season the league's leading scorer. He then played 1991-2 for the Cleveland Crunch of the MISL. He returned to the Invaders for the 1992–3 season and finished the season the league's 3rd leading scorer for the second time. With the Invaders again for 1993-4, he finished the league's 5th leading scorer. DiFlorio then played a summer season of outdoor soccer, 1994, for the Toronto Rockets in the American Professional Soccer League. He then from 1994 to 1997 played for NPSL side Buffalo Blizzard, for the Cincinnati Silverbacks from 1997 to 1998 and then from 1998 to 2002, the Harrisburg Heat. (The Heat played until 2001 in the NPSL and then belonged to the Major Indoor Soccer League.) DiFlorio began the 2002–2003 season with the Heat, but finished his career with the Baltimore Blast, for whom he played the end of the season.[1] He was the (AISA-)NPSL's 3rd all-time leading scorer with 1,452 points and second all-time goal scorer with 559.

International

DiFlorio had one cap for the Canadian national soccer team, which came in 1988 on 15 July in a friendly against Poland played in Toronto. Canada lost 1–2.

Coach

The Harrisburg Heat of the Professional Arena Soccer League, where DiFlorio is the assistant coach, retired his number in a halftime ceremony during the 15 December 2012, game.[2]

DiFlorio also trains and coaches players for HMMS Soccer Club and serves as director of coaching for the club.

References

  1. Baltimore Blast All Time Roster Archived 16 December 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  2. "DiFlorio Jersey Retirement Night Saturday, December 15th". Our Sports Central. 12 December 2012. Retrieved 14 December 2012.
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