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Angelo DiBernardo is a retired Argentine-American soccer player who played professionally in the North American Soccer League and Major Indoor Soccer League. He also represented the United States at the 1984 Summer Olympics. After retiring from playing professionally, he taught Spanish and coached boys and girls high school soccer.
DiBernardo, a native of Argentina, moved to the United States with his family when he was sixteen. His family settled in the Chicago area where DiBernardo attended J. Sterling Morton High School West in North Riverside, Illinois. He played soccer both for the school's soccer team and for Sparta, a local Chicago club. DiBernardo attended Indiana University where he played on the school's mens soccer team for three seasons from 1976 to 1978. He had an immediate impact on the team, helping it to the 1976 NCAA Men's Soccer Championship which Indiana lost to San Francisco. In 1977, Indiana failed to make the NCAA post-season, but DiBernardo was selected as a first team All American. In 1978, Indiana reprised the 1976 season, making it to the championship game, but losing to San Francisco yet again. This year DiBernardo won the Hermann Trophy as the top collegiate soccer player in the country. At the end of the season, DiBernardo left Indiana and turned pro. He finished his collegiate career with 54 goals and 17 assists for 125 points. In 1991, Indiana University inducted DiBernardo into its Athletic Hall of Fame. He was also selected to the Soccer America College Team of the Century.
In February 1979, DiBernardo earned his first cap for the national team, coming on as a substitute for Ty Keough in a loss to the Soviet Union. DiBernardo went on to play every national team game in 1979 and was selected to play for the 1980 U.S. Olympic Team. However, he did not compete in these games, held in the Soviet Union, due to President Carters boycott. DiBernardo became an integral part of the U.S. efforts to qualify for the 1982 World Cup and played in the four qualification games in 1980. Unfortunately, the U.S. failed to reach the finals.
SoccerAmerica Interview with DiBernardo
History of DiBernardo at IU
1986 Qualification Campaign
SCOUTING; DiBernardo Gets Some Distance
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