Rich Costanzo

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Rich Costanzo
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Personal information
Full name Richard Costanzo
Date of birth (1986-02-17) February 17, 1986 (age 28)
Place of birth Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Pittsburgh Riverhounds
Number 6
Youth career
2004–2005 Penn State Nittany Lions
2006–2008 Maryland Terrapins
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009 Minnesota Thunder 20 (1)
2010–2011 Rochester Rhinos 39 (4)
2010–2011 Baltimore Blast (indoor)
2012–2013 Pittsburgh Riverhounds 43 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of July 21, 2012.
† Appearances (Goals).

Richard "Rich" Costanzo (born February 17, 1986 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) is an American soccer player who formerly played for the Pittsburgh Riverhounds in the USL Professional Division.

Career[edit]

Youth and High School[edit]

Costanzo attended Thomas Jefferson High School in Pittsburgh, where he was a two-time NSCAA/adidas All-American, a two-time regional All-American, and was twice named the WPIAL (Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League) Player of the Year.[1] In 2003, he was also named the NSCAA Pennsylvania State Player of the Year and chosen as an EA Sports All-American. He helped lead the Jaguars to the PIAA (Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association) State Championship three times, winning the state title in 2002.[2]

Costanzo was selected to play for the Region I Olympic Development Program team from 2000–2005 and was a member of the U.S. U–18 National team player pool.[3]

He started his youth soccer in Pittsburgh for the Beadling Soccer Club, before joining FC Delco on the other side of the state.

College[edit]

Costanzo started college soccer at Pennsylvania State University where he was named the 2004 Big Ten Freshman of the Year.[4] He was also named Freshman All-America by Soccer America,[5] Top Draw Soccer,[6] and College Soccer News. He transferred to the University of Maryland, College Park to continue his collegiate career. He became a team captain for the Terps in the 2008 season, and helped lead the team to an ACC Championship and NCAA Division I National Championship.[7]

Professional[edit]

Having not been drafted by Major League Soccer Costanzo signed with Minnesota Thunder on February 26, 2009.[8] He made his professional debut on April 11, 2009, as a second half substitute in Minnesota's 2009 season-opening game against the Carolina RailHawks.[9]

Costanzo was on the 2010–11 roster of the Baltimore Blast indoor soccer team, but appeared in no games.[10]

Honors[edit]

Rochester Rhinos
University of Maryland

References[edit]

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