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Soccer Player Inducted Into Hall Of Fame

Five local soccer stars were recently inducted into the Long Island Soccer Player Hall of Fame. Among them, Levittown’s Ritchie Kotschau was inducted after a 10-year Major League Soccer career.

Kotschau played for the Plainview-based Long Island Junior Soccer League’s Levittown Soccer Club, then competed for the Hicksville Hawks, winning the Triple Crown (State Cup, Chase Cup, LIJSL division title) with the Hawks. Ritchie also played for LIJSL Select and Eastern New York ODP.

After leading George Mason University to their first-ever NCAA tournament appearance, Kotschau was selected second overall in the 1998 MLS Draft by the expansion-team, the Chicago Fire.

Ritchie and fellow LIJSL alumnus Chris Armas—teaming up for the first time—would help lead the Fire to the MLS championship and US Open Cup title in that magical ‘98 season.

Ritchie had a 10-year MLS career and also played for the Tampa Bay Mutiny, Colorado Rapids, Columbus Crew and Real Salt Lake. He competed for the United States National Team at the Under-18, Under-20 and Under-23 levels and had one cap for the US Men’s National Team.

“Steady, consistent, didn’t stray and everybody liked him,” said Coach John Fitzgerald with the Hicksville Hawks. “He’s one of the most humble players I ever knew.”

— Herald Staff

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Even as they hoped the parties would reach a last-minute settlement, commuters across Long Island were scrambling last week to devise alternate plans for getting to work if Long Island Rail Road’s 5,400 workers go on strike July 20. And they were vocal in their anger with the Metropolitan Transit Authority. The strike, it seems, has roused commuter ire over a wide range of LIRR issues, from timeliness to cleanliness to costs.

“I’ll have to figure out a new way home from work,” said Marco Allicastro, a 20-year-old Queens resident waiting for a train home at the Bethpage station after a day’s work at the local King Kullen. “Long Island doesn’t really have a lot of options in terms of transportation. Maybe I should get a new job.”


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