Frank Sanfilippo

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Frank Sanfilippo
Personal information
Full name Francisco Sanfilippo
Date of birth (1981-09-08) September 8, 1981 (age 35)
Place of birth San Diego, California, United States
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Defender
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2003 San Jose State Spartans 79 (7)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004 Syracuse Salty Dogs 25 (0)
2005–2006 Rochester Raging Rhinos 53 (1)
2007–2008 Carolina RailHawks 51 (1)
2009 Charleston Battery 29 (2)
2010 Rochester Rhinos 28 (1)
2011–2014 Tampa Bay Rowdies[1] 103 (4)
2015 Fort Lauderdale Strikers 30 (1)
2015–2016 Tampa Bay Rowdies 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20 February 2017.

Frank Sanfilippo (born September 8, 1981) is an American soccer player who last played for the Tampa Bay Rowdies.



Sanfilippo was born in San Diego, California,[citation needed] and later attended San José State University where he was a member of the men's soccer team from 2000 to 2004. In February 2003, the San Jose Earthquakes selected Sanfilippo in the 6th round (56th overall) of the 2003 MLS SuperDraft. He did not sign with the Earthquakes, but remained in school to finish his degree in sociology.[2]


Sanfilippo signed with Syracuse Salty Dogs in the USL First Division in 2004. The Dogs folded at the end of the 2004 season, and he moved to the Rochester Rhinos in 2005. When Rhinos defender Scott Schweitzer retired at the beginning of the 2006 season, it was Sanfilippo that Rhinos' coach Laurie Calloway called upon to be a steadying force in the Rhinos defense and mentor a young Rhinos backline, which had been devastated from the previous years' retirements, transfers, and injuries. He was equal to the task and helped lead the Rhinos to the USL Championship match. Sanfilippo was named to the 2006 USL-1 All-Star team.

In 2007, he moved to the expansion Carolina RailHawks where he played two seasons, both as team captain. On 20 January 2009, he signed with the Charleston Battery.[3]

Sanfilippo rejoined Rochester Rhinos in February 2010.[4] After one season with the Rhinos, he signed with FC Tampa Bay of the North American Soccer League on February 8, 2011 on a one-year contract with a club option for 2012.[5]

After a successful 2011 season with Tampa Bay, the club exercised its 2012 option on Sanfilippo's contract on October 4, 2011.[6] Two months later, the club signed Sanfilippo to a new contract through the 2014 season.[7]

Sanfilippo spent the 2015 season in South Florida with the Fort Lauderdale Strikers before returning to Tampa Bay on December 21, 2015.[8]


Tampa Bay Rowdies[edit]

Rochester Rhinos[edit]


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