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Hall Of Fame - A Player And Dual Disciplines

By OSA News, 11/28/14, 8:45PM EST


In the last round of Hall of Fame videos, today we feature the induction ceremonies of Carmine Marcantonio in the Player category and Marc Rizzardo who is the recipient of the Brian Budd Award.

Carmine Marcantonio

Carmine first attracted national attention as a member of the famed Toronto Metro-Croatia team that won the NASL Championship in 1976. He appeared in 23 games that year. However, he missed the 1977 NASL season before signing for Washington Diplomats in 1978. Following three outstanding years in Washington he moved on to play for the Montreal Manic from 1981 to 1983 and when that franchise folded, played the 1984 season for the New York Cosmos. He played a total of 173 regular season games in the NASL and scored six goals. He also played in 18 playoff games. Upon retirement he became a soccer analyst commenting on the Italian league games televised on Sunday morning's in Toronto.

Marc Rizzardo

Marc Rizzardo received the Brian Budd Award at the 2014 Induction Banquet. The Brian Budd Award recognizes those who have excelled in both soccer and in another endeavor. The candidate must exemplify good character, show outstanding dedication, achievements and leadership in developing soccer in Canada and provide inspiration to past, present and future generations. Rizzardo has been selected for his outstanding achievements both in soccer and as a highly regarded physiotherapist in Canadian sport. During his playing career Rizzardo was a member of the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds who won the coveted Canadian National Championship in 1974. After his university soccer career was done, he then played for the North Shore Pegasus who competed against such teams as the Vancouver Whitecaps and the Seattle Sounders. Throughout the years, he coached soccer at youth levels, as well as college and university teams. During his four decades in Canadian soccer, he has participated at all national levels. He has acted as lead and chief therapist with many of the Canadian Medical Teams including: the 2008, 2010 and 2012 Olympic Games, as well as being a member of the Canadian Soccer Association Medical Committee. Rizzardo's involvement in Canadian sport does not stop with soccer. He is the current Integrated Sport Team lead for Badminton Canada, was the therapist for the 2001 Fencing World Championships and acts as a National Examiner for Sport Physio Canada. Throughout his remarkable career Rizzardo has provided outstanding professional service to the Canadian sporting community and exemplifies the characteristics of The Brian Budd Award - character, professionalism and dedication.