|Full name||Brooklyn Italians|
|Stadium||John Dewey High School
Brooklyn, New York
|Head Coach||Lucio Russo|
|League||National Premier Soccer League|
|2013||1st, Atlantic Division
Brooklyn Italians is an American soccer team based in Brooklyn, New York, United States. Founded in 1949, the team plays in the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL), a national amateur league at the fourth tier of the American Soccer Pyramid, in the Northeast Atlantic Division.
The team plays its home games at the stadium on the campus of John Dewey High School. The team's colors are white and blue.
The Brooklyn Italians are generally regarded as one of the most successful semi-pro teams in the United States, with a linear history that now stretches back over 60 years. Founded in 1949 by John DeVivo, an Italian immigrant to the New York area, the team was originally part of the Metropolitan Soccer League in the early 1950s, before joining the American Soccer League prior to the 1956–57 season. The Italians finished seventh in their first season in the ASL behind champions New York Hakoah.
The Italians changed their name to the Inter-Brooklyn Italians when they merged with a local rival club in 1961, became Inter SC in 1962, and before the 1963 season the team changed its name again and became the Boca Juniors, named after the famous club in Argentina, but played just one season with this name before resigning from the ASL in 1964.
For the next 20 years or so the team continued to play in amateur leagues under various names – at one time or another they known as Palermo Football Club and the Brooklyn Dodgers (after the former Brooklyn baseball team) – before reverting to their original name in 1991. They were also regular participants in the US Open Cup, winning the title twice during the pre-MLS all-amateur era, in 1979 (when they were still called the Dodgers) and 1991, and reaching the final in 1981 and 1990.
As a result of their success in the 1991 tournament the Italians played in the qualifying rounds of the 1991 CONCACAF Cup Winners Cup and the 1991 CONCACAF Champions' Cup. They lost 6–1 on aggregate to Club Universidad de Guadalajara in the Cup Winners Cup, but fared much better in the CONCACAF Champions' Cup, beating Bermudian side Dandy Town Hornets 4–3 in the first round before losing 4–1 to eventual champions Puebla.
In addition to the new NPSL side, the Italians continue to field a number of teams in the New York-based Cosmopolitan Soccer League. The Italians also regularly compete in various amateur tournaments world-wide, including the Memorial Claudio Sassi in Italy, the Dallas Cup, the President's Day Tournament in Phoenix, and college showcases across the country. International travel is encouraged, and teams have trained with many of the elite teams from Italy.
Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
Notable former players
- Amr Aly
- Carlos Bustamente
- Mirsad Huseinovic
- Germain Iglesias
- Ernest Inneh
- Vadim Ivanyushchenko
- Carlos Jaguande
- Peter Millar
- Brent Sancho
- Mike Windischmann
|Year||Division||League||Regular Season||Playoffs||National Cup|
|1959–60||1||ASL||4th||Did not qualify|
|1960–61||1||ASL||8th||Did not qualify|
|2010||4||NPSL||2nd, Atlantic||Did not qualify||First Round|
|2011||4||NPSL||1st, Atlantic||Divisional Final||First Round|
|2012||4||NPSL||2nd, Atlantic||Divisional Semi-Final||Second Round|
|2013||4||NPSL||1st, Atlantic||Divisional Semi-Final||First Round|
- NPSL Atlantic Division Champions 2011, 2013
- US Open Cup Champions 1991
- National Challenge Cup Champions 1979
- Dreier Offermann Park; Brooklyn, New York (????-2009)
- John Dewey High School; Brooklyn, New York (2010–present)
- Brooklyn Italians: How the club was started
- Brooklyn Italians try their hand, feet at NPSL