A conversation among two men sitting along the sidelines of a soccer match in Glen Cove a half-century ago was the foundation of the Glen Cove Junior Soccer League.
Marco Malusa and Bill Doyle decided they wanted to provide the kids of their community an opportunity to play soccer. As a result, the two men worked to form the Glen Cove league and its first travel team, a boys U19 squad that would play in the Long Island Junior Soccer League, which was formed three years prior.
As the league celebrates its golden anniversary, the club is honoring Malusa at its 50th Anniversary Celebration on April 13.
“Marco has done it all,” said Martin Shannon, president of the Glen Cove Junior Soccer League. “He was the treasurer, the registrar, a coach, a referee and most importantly, a lifetime board member. He’s been present at board meetings and on the field for all 50 years of the club’s existence. To this day, he still participates and offers his guidance and wisdom.”
Malusa was inducted into the LIJSL Hall of Fame in 1983 and the Eastern New York Hall of Fame in 2010. He also co-founded the intramural program along with his wife, Marie, in 1975.
Doyle, Malusa’s partner in forming the club, passed away from cancer 25 years ago. In addition to his role in forming the Glen Cove club, Doyle served as the second president of LIJSL. He also coached and served as a referee.
Since forming the club in 1969, thousands of boys and girls have played soccer in Glen Cove. This included a host of notable players such as Roberto DeLuca, Mike Grella, Danny Mueller, Stephen Mueller and Peter Zaratin, who all wore Glen Cove’s red-and-white uniforms while growing up playing in the LIJSL.