November 18, 2013
READY FOR INDUCTION
Armas to join LISFL Hall Friday
GARDEN CITY, N.Y. -- Adelphi University women's coach Chris Armas will be inducted into the inaugural Hall of Fame class of the Long Island Soccer Football League Friday night.
Armas is one of 48 individuals who will be honored at the ceremony at Floral Terrace in Floral Park, N.Y.
Armas and his team are fresh off of two NCAA Division II Tournament games. The Panthers reached the East Region semifinal before bowing out to top-seeded St. Rose Sunday, 2-0. They ended a six-year tournament drought and earned the program's first NCAA win since 2004 after defeating Mercy, 5-0, in the opening round. Armas directed the team to a 14-3-4 record this, which included its second straight Northeast-10 Championship runner-up finish.
A Brentwood, N.Y. native, Armas was a standout soccer player at Adelphi under former head coach Bob Montgomery from 1990-93. He helped the Panthers to a 43-24-10 record and three consecutive NCAA Division I Tournament appearances. A 1994 graduate, Armas took home multiple honors for his performance on the field and in the classroom which included two All-New York State and National Soccer Association of America All-Region selections, two CoSIDA Academic All-America nods and a CoSIDA Academic All-District accolaes. He also was named an NSCAA All-American honorable mention during his senior year. In 2005, he was honored with inclusion into Adelphi's Athletic Hall of Fame as the 13th member from the men's soccer team to be inducted.
Armas, who earned a degree in physical education, played two years for the Long Island Rough Riders before being allocated to the LA Galaxy (Major League Soccer). He spent the first two years of his professional soccer career with the Galaxy before being traded to the Chicago Fire, playing for his final 10 pro years. Armas helped the Fire to its first and only MLS Championship in 1988 and was named to the MLS Best XI five times in six years while earning the title of U.S. Soccer Athlete of the Year in 2000. He tallied 11 goals and 41 assists in his MLS career.
Armas made 66 appearances for the U.S. National Team.
The induction class is part of the league's 65 anniversary celebration. The LISFL Hall of Fame is "intended to recognize efforts on-and-off the field, to note the dedication of the league administrators, to congratulate the club sponsors and coaches and to applaud the gifted athletes," according to the organization.