LI Soccer Player Hall Of Fame To Honor Five

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Margaret Tiejten (Rodriguez) will be one of five 2019 inductees to the Long Island Soccer Player Hall of Fame.

Five honorees with ties to the local soccer community will be the latest inductees to the Long Island Soccer Player Hall of Fame.

The quintet receiving enshrinement are Carlos Mendes, Jennifer Tiejten, Margaret Tiejten, Tommy Lips, and Mark Semioli. The sixth annual induction ceremony will be held Saturday, February 23, 7 p.m. at the Hilton Long Island in Melville.

Currently the head coach of New York Cosmos B, Mendes grew up in Mineola and played his high school ball at The Wheatley School. During his professional career, he spent eight years in Major League Soccer, seven with New York Red Bulls and one with Columbus Crew. He would close out his career with the New York Cosmos where he played from 2013 to 2017. Mendes also spent one season with Long Island Rough Riders.

Jennifer Tiejten (Prozzo) and Margaret Tiejten (Rodriguez) are twin sister who grew up in Huntington and dominated in the Long Island High School soccer scene in the early-1990s. Jennifer is currently an assistant coach with the women’s soccer team at Central Connecticut State University and Margaret is the head coach for the women’s soccer team at the University of Connecticut.

Lips is the current head coach for the Smithtown West High School boys soccer team. He also played professionally in USISL, Major League Soccer and the Swiss First Divison.

Born in Brooklyn, Semioli began his MLS career in 1996 as a fifth-round draft pick of the LA Galaxy. He played 28 games for the Galaxy, which traded him to the then-New York/New Jersey MetroStars. He played for the MetroStars through 2001.