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Gino DiFlorio

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Full nameGino DiFlorio
Date of birth18 September 1964(age 52)
Place of birthNaples, Italy
Height1.77 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing positionMidfielder

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Gino DiFlorio is a former professional soccer player. Canadian, he was a scoring star of indoor soccer in North America during the 1990s.

Moved into Canada with his immediate family after the first few years of his life. Growing up and playing recreational soccer, he could not put the soccer ball away, he was hooked. Sometime in his teen years, Gino was recognized by a coach of one of the Canadian Provincial Teams. He was later put on the roster. Not long after that, he was training with the Canadian Youth Team, in which he started every game, but did not make the final roster. He stoped for a year and threw out all of his gear, and moved back to Italy. About a year later, he came back to Canada and was put back on the provincial teams, as the coaches recognized that they could not let talent like that go un-noticed. After coming out of highschool, Jay Fox put him on the road to his professional career.

DiFlorio began his career in the original Major Indoor Soccer League, joining the Cleveland Force in 1984 or 1985, a club he remained with until 1987. He then played in 1987-8 for the Dayton Dynamo of the American Indoor Soccer Association and in 1988-9 for the Dallas Sidekicks of MISL.

DiFlorio played 1990-1 for the Canton Invaders of the National Professional Soccer League and finished the season the league's leading scorer. He then played 1991-2 for the Cleveland Crunch of the MISL. He returned to the Invaders for the 1992-3 season and finished the season the league's 3rd leading scorer for the second time. With the Invaders again for 1993-4, he finished the league's 5th leading scorer. DiFlorio then played a summer season of outdoor soccer, 1994, for the Toronto Rockets in the American Professional Soccer League. He then from 1994 to 1997 played for NPSL side Buffalo Blizzard, for the Cincinnati Silverbacks from 1997 to 1998 and then from 1998 to 2002, the Harrisburg Heat. (The Heat played until 2001 in the NPSL and then belonged to the current Major Indoor Soccer League.) DiFlorio began the 2002-2003 season with he Heat, but finished his career with the Baltimore Blast, for whom he played the end of the season. He was the (AISA-)NPSL's 3rd all-time leading scorer with 1,452 points and second all-time goal scorer with 559.

DiFlorio had one cap for the Canadian national soccer team, which came in 1988 on July 15 in a friendly against Poland played in Toronto. Canada lost 1-2.

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