Chris Wingert to be inducted into Long Island Soccer Hall of Fame

LI Native to join local Hall of Fame
Jan 2, 2020

Chris Wingert has enjoyed quite a memorable five weeks.

On Nov. 19, he was inducted into the St. John's University Athletics Hall of Fame.

This week the former New York Cosmos defender learned was elected into the Long Island Soccer Player Hall of Fame.

Wingert, one of the best players from the area, is a former MAC Hermann Trophy winner who forged a long career in professional soccer. He played with the Columbus Crew SC, Colorado Rapids, Real Salt Lake, New York City FC in Major League Soccer and with the Cosmos in the National Premier Soccer League in 2018.

“As a proud Long Island native, and someone who will always consider this great place home, I am truly honored to be inducted into the LI Soccer Player Hall of Fame," Wingert said. "It’s humbling to be mentioned in the same breath as the other inductees. Thank you to the many great coaches and teammates I had the pleasure of playing for and with. Most of all, thanks to my family who helped me to accomplish my childhood dream of becoming a professional soccer player.”

A native of Babylon, N.Y. and a graduate of St. John the Baptist High School, Wingert starred for St. John's from 2000-03.

Wingert, a two-time Big East defensive player of the year and two-time first team All-American, was honored by the conference in all four college years. He secured a spot on the 2000 All-Rookie team before finding a place on the 2001 All-Big East second team. He was named to the All-Big East first team in 2002 and 2003.

The Johnnies reached the national semifinals in Wingert’s sophomore season in 2001 and fell one win shy of a second national title in 2003.

Wingert was selected 12th overall in the 2004 MLS SuperDraft and embarked on a 14-year career in Major League Soccer. He spent a majority of his tenure with RSL, where he won the 2009 MLS Cup.

Joining Wingert in the Hall's class of 2020 will be former Cosmos and Brazilian superstar Pele, a three-time FIFA World Cup champion who ignited a youth soccer boom in the seventies, one-time Long Island Rough Riders and NY/NJ MetroStars goalkeeper Paul Grafer, former Rough Rider Gary Sullivan, college standout and U.S. women's national team member Mary Frances Monroe and sisters Tina and Vicky DiMartino, former youth and national team players.

Induction ceremonies will be held at the Huntington Hilton in Melville, N.Y. on Saturday, March 7. More details will be released in the near future.

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