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January 19, 2017
5th NYC Soccer Gala set for March 1

QUEENS, N.Y. Ė The fifth annual New York City Soccer Gala will honor the storied past at the New York Athletic Club March 1.

Hosted by Columbia University, Fordham Fordham, LIU Brooklyn, St. Francis Brooklyn College and St. Johnís University, the NYC Soccer Gala was formed by the desire to highlight and show appreciation for the rich history of soccer in New York City and to those who have devoted their lives to enhancing the game.

The Gala will again honor outstanding people from all levels of soccer for their dedication to the game and their effort to inspire a love of the game in our youth.

The five sponsoring schools will each honor one of their own, as 1996 NCAA Division I champion Kevin Daly will be recognized by St. Johnís. Joining Daly will also be Chris Donovan (Fordham), Mickey Kydes (LIU Brooklyn), Charles Balsamo (Columbia) and Mario Fava (St. Francis Brooklyn).

In addition to these honorees from the sponsoring institutions, another New York City soccer legend is expected to be announced as an honoree shortly.

Daly was an integral part of a Red Storm team that took home the first national championship in school history. A junior on that squad, Daly went on to garner first team National Soccer Coaches Association of America All-American honors as a senior in 1997. The Englishman was named the Big East defensive player of the year in 1997 and was a two-time first team All-Big East selection in 1996 and 1997.

Donovan played for Fordham under coach Frank Schnur, helping lead the Rams to a Patriot League title in 1990.

An inductee in the LIU Brooklyn Athletic Hall of Fame, Kydes capped off a decade-long professional career in 1996, playing 11 games in Major League Soccer's inaugural season with the New York/New Jersey MetroStars.

A 1996 graduate of Columbia, Balsamo was named to the All-Ivy League second team as a junior in 1994 and helped the Lions to an Ivy League title as a sophomore in 1993.

Fava, a standout goalkeeper from 1985-88, ranks second on the St. Francis career saves list and shutouts with 421 and 21, respectively.

The evening will begin with a 6 p.m. cocktail hour and will be followed by a 7 p.m. dinner and program. Tickets are priced at $250 per person, while a 10-person table can be reserved for the discounted rate of $2,300.

For more information or to register for the Gala, contact Mary Pat Beirne (Ď81C, Ď85 GEd) at 718-990-1873 or Beirne also can be contacted about sponsorship opportunities and the purchase of journal ads.

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