The Express Men's Soccer Team has changed its name to TG Express to honor the team's founder, Tony Graziano, who passed away unexpectedly on Sept. 13, 2008.
To symbolize Tony's permanent influence on the team, each member's uniform bears our new logo with his initials and jersey number.
Tony was best known in Central Florida soccer circles as an enthusiastic coach and talented player.
Born in Hartford, Conn., Tony committed himself to athletics and academics at a young age. His soccer skills and grades earned him a scholarship to University of Connecticut, where he majored in math and physics. Tony was a coach and player in the Central Florida Soccer Association.
His loss has been felt by many members of the community. Following is an excerpt from a letter written by Adrien Love of the Central Florida Soccer League:Trust me when I say that Central Florida Soccer has lost one of it's finest men.
In 1973 CLAY BERLING, the founder and Publisher of SOCCER AMERICA, the largest soccer publication in the USA, wrote in a letter to Wildcat’s owner and manager Paul Ingram, that the Connecticut Wildcats was “the best professional soccer team in America.” Between 1973 and 1974 Berling went on to publish more articles in Soccer America about the Wildcats than any other domestic or foreign team.
On January 28, 2012 the Connecticut Wildcats had its 40th anniversary and Paul Ingram wrote a letter to Anthony:
,,,"My name is Paul Ingram and I was a friend of your father and I'm writing a book about the Connecticut Wildcats Pro Soccer team; your father will be in the book. At this time only two team pictures with your father in it are in the book (UCONN team and 1974 Wildcats team). These pictures are in the web site, but more will follow. // The site is in the beginning stages but if you keep hitting "older Posts" you can see it all.// The book will also feature at least a 1 page minimum on each player.",,,
Tony was always surrounded by great players from all over the world. Here are few of Tony's teamates.
Tony DiCicco Ron McEachen George Purgavic