I remember when the MLS was announced and that there would be a New York team. I was 11 at the time and a huge soccer fan. I played for my middle school as well as two different traveling soccer teams, so needless to say, I was excited to see professionals play the game I loved so much. I convinced my dad to get season tickets, which he did. I was sitting midfield 8 rows back. It was the greatest thing in the world. I'd long been a NFL fan and seats like those would cost an arm and a leg. I didn't miss a single game that entire season, even why my parents couldn't make it. I bartered tickets for rides from coaches and teachers to see my beloved Metros play. The team wasn't the greatest but they were fun to watch. Below is a list of players who played at least 5 games during that inaugural season and what they are doing now.
Rhett Harty: After being blackballed by the league for the anti-trust suit, he retired to Portland, OR to work in the operating room at St. Jude Medical Center.
Tony Meola: After retiring from soccer, Tony has been running his own mortgage firm as well as coaching his son's 12U soccer club in Toms River, NJ.
Giovanni Savarese: Giovanni ran the Red Bulls youth development program through 2007. He now is a commentator for ESPN Deportes and coaches various teams in New York.
Tab Ramos: Tab Ramos retired after the 2002 season, the last of the original line up. Since retiring he has run a youth program in Holmdel, NJ.
Nicola Caricola: Nicola Caricola is responsible for the Metros lack of success as his own goal against New England at the home opener started the Curse of Caricola.
Miles Joseph: Miles Joseph was traded to Columbus in 2000 for a second round pick in the 2001 draft. After bouncing around various teams, he finally retired. He now is the Executive Director of NY Elite FC.
Jeff Zaun: Jeff is now an Associate Head Coach for Rutgers University.
Matt Knowles: Matt left outdoor soccer for indoor in 1998. He is now coaching.
A.J. Wood: Since retiring from soccer in 2002, he has been working for DC United as a youth development coach.
Cristian De Silva: Cristian was the Head Coach of the New Jersey City University Gothic Knights until 2009 to accept a position in the New York Red Bulls front office as Head of Player Recruitment. He is the Head Coach of the U14 team.
Rob Johnson: Rob is now an assistant coach for Temple University.
Roberto Donadoni: Roberto succeeded Marcello Lippi as Head Coach of the Italian National Team following World Cup 2006. He was relieved of his duties after Italy failed to reach the semi-finals of the tournament.
Damian Silvera: Damian has been coaching soccer teams since his retirement from professional soccer.
Ted Gillen: Ted is now the Head Coach for Toms River High School East's boys team.
Anthony De Ávila: Anthony still plays for América de Cali in Columbia.
Mickey Kydes: Mickey currently owns and operates "Mickey Kydes Soccer Enterprises" which provides coaching support for youth soccer teams. He is also the President of Beachside Soccer Club of CT.
Edmundo Rodriguez: He has served as an assistant coach of the University of Tampa's women's soccer team.
Ruben Dario Hernandez: After being unhappy with the United States, the league granted him release to return to Columbia.
Ian Hennessy: Ian holds a PhD in Molecular Biology and currently works for the USSF as a scout. He continues to coach at the University of Delaware.
Manny Lagos: Manny has been named the head coach of the NSC Minnesota Stars.
During the break for the World Cup, I will have grades for the team's play and what needs to improve in the second have of the season.