Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Trib Local: DiBernardos enjoy soccer success

Photo by Tribune's Jeff Vorva
By Jeff Vorva
Tribune reporter

From 1979-84, Angelo DiBernardo played professional soccer with the New York Cosmos. He had a chance to rub elbows and practice with retired legend Pele and live the celebrity life for a while.

“We were on top of the world,” DiBernardo said.

The Naperville resident’s daughter, Vanessa, is not quite on top of the soccer world yet. But she could be on her way.

Vanessa closed out a successful first soccer season at the University of Illinois in the fall and was named Big Ten Conference Freshman of the Year.

She will spend most of her summer back in the area as she signed to play with the Chicago Red Stars, a former professional franchise that will play the 2011 campaign in the high-powered amateur division of the Women’s Premier Soccer League and will play home games at Benedictine in Lisle. The 19-year-old will be one of the younger players in the league but she doesn’t mind.

“There are a lot of girls who have been playing at the college level and I can learn from them,” she said. “I think it’s going to make me become a better player.”

Read more at TribLocal.com.

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