Massapequa Native Vitiello Signs With Nashville SC

Danny Vitiello. Photo: University of Albany

Another Massapequa soccer product is heading to the pros.

United Soccer League side Nashville SC has signed Danny Vitiello. The Massapequa High School graduate recently completed his collegiate career with the University of Albany.

With the Great Danes, he made 60 appearances and played more than 5,000 minutes. His career record of 31-23-6 makes him the winningest goalkeeper in program history.

He recorded 24 shutouts, including 10 in 15 starts as a redshirt junior. That season, Vitiello led Albany to the NCAA Tournament and recorded a shutout victory over Maryland in the first round.

“Danny impressed whilst training during the summer and then reinforced his credentials in our invite-only tryouts in December,” said Gary Smith, Nashville’s head coach. “He fits the criteria for our club perfectly both physically & technically, whilst showing all the desire you would expect from a young player.”

Nashville SC, founded in 2016, played its debut season in the United Soccer League in 2018, going 12-9-13 to finish eighth in the Eastern Conference. The club was eliminated from playoff contention in the conference quarterfinals.

In 2018, Vitiello also played for USL League Two side Long Island Rough Riders, the PDL affiliate of New York City FC.

“I’m very proud of Danny,” Stephen Roche, head coach of the Rough Riders, said in a statement on the team’s website. “He undoubtedly has the ability to play at the professional level, but more importantly, has the character. He is one of the hardest working players I have worked with and always showed great character during his time with the Rough Riders.”

Vitiello’s signing with Nashville came just days before his fellow Massapequian, Sean Nealis, was selected by the New York Red Bulls in the 2019 Major League Soccer Super Draft.