March 27, 2012
LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. - Former Siena Men's Soccer star and assistant coach Steve Covino has signed to play with the Connecticut FC Azul of the Premier Development League of the United Soccer League. Covino has previously played in both the PDL and USL PRO Soccer Leagues.
Last spring Covino became the first player in program history to sign a professional contract with FC New York of the United Soccer League after having previously played in the PDL with the Western Mass Pioneers. He played in five games with FC New York after playing in 14 matches and scoring a goal with the Pioneers in 2010.
Following Covino, former Saints Joey Tavernese and Nick Viaggio have since too inked pro deals. Tavernese later joined Covino with FC New York last season and last month both he and Viaggio latched on with Armadale SC in Australia.
"Steve Covino is a great signing for the Azul. He had a great college career up at Siena, and he also has experience in this league with Western Mass," Azul head coach David Kelly said. "Steve also had a run in the pros with FC New York last year, so getting a quality player with his experience will definitely bolster the squad. He's quick, athletic, can dictate play, and he can score goals from midfield. I am looking forward to a great summer with Steve."
A native of Bristol, Conn., Covino was named to the NSCAA/Performance Subaru All-North Atlantic Region Team and to the All-MAAC Second Team as a senior in 2010. That season he posted career highs with eight goals and 20 points and played in 71 games over his career with the Saints. Last season, he served as an assistant coach with the squad.
Based out of Hamden, Conn., CFC Azul begins its inaugural season on May 5 at 7:30 p.m. vs. the Boston Victory at Yale's Reese Stadium in New Haven.