Nov 17, 2022 | New York Red Bulls |
Des McAleenan was the MetroStars-Red Bulls goalkeeper coach for nine years.
Des McAleenan will be inducted posthumously into the Connecticut Soccer Hall of Fame on Saturday, Jan. 28.
Inductions will be held at the organization’s annual dinner at the Doubletree Hotel in Bristol, Conn.
On Saturday, Feb. 25: the second annual Dessie McAleenan 5-a-side tournament will be held at Oakwood Indoor Center in Oakwood, Conn. at 7 p.m. That competitions will be followed by a fundraising celebration in McAleenan’s honor at the Irish American Home in Glastonbury, Conn. from 9 p.m.-midnight.
McAleenan, who mentored four U.S. international goalkeepers on the MetroStars and Red Bulls during a nine-year tenure with the Major League Soccer team, passed away in February 2021. He was 53.
McAleenan was an assistant coach with the MLS club from 2002 through Feb. 28, 2011, when he was fired by management. A nine-year run for any coach, head or assistant, is rare these days. He worked with Tony Meola, Tim Howard, Jonny Walker and Zach Wells, who competed for the U.S. men’s national team.
Front Row Soccer editor Michael Lewis has covered 13 World Cups (eight men, five women), seven Olympics and 25 MLS Cups. He has written about New York City FC, New York Cosmos, the New York Red Bulls and both U.S. national teams for Newsday and has penned a soccer history column for the Guardian.com. Lewis, who has been honored by the Press Club of Long Island and National Soccer Coaches Association of America, is the former editor of BigAppleSoccer.com. He has written seven books about the beautiful game and has published ALIVE AND KICKING The incredible but true story of the Rochester Lancers. It is available at Amazon.com at https://tinyurl.com/nfhdk4e5.
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