Old Forge’s Michael Long receiving his All-State Certificate from Brandon Ramsey, All-State Chairperson.
The accolades for the Old Forge Soccer program – and it’s most decorated player – continue to roll in.
Senior co-captain Michael Long has been invited to participate with the Pennsylvania Soccer Coaches Association All-State team in the San Marino Cup in Italy this summer.
The San Marino Cup is the largest Italian youth soccer tournament, and provides a social and cultural experience with a unique international atmosphere. The matches are played on grass, as well as astroturf fields in the Republic of San Marino and Riccone, Italy.
“The chairman of the PSCA contacted me with the invitation,” said Long. “The invitation was extended to every member of the PA All-State team. We will represent Pennsylvania (at the San Marino Cup).
“It is the opportunity of a lifetime to experience soccer in a different culture.”
Long, who was selected to the PSCA Pennsylvania Boys’ All-State Soccer team in the fall, was voted one of the top 26 forwards in the commonwealth, and was recently honored at the annual PSCA All-State Honors Banquet in Harrisburg. He is the first Blue Devils player to receive the honor.
“Soccer is the only sport in the state of Pennsylvania to honor its premier athletes with a banquet,” said Long. “On that day, it was an honor to be sitting in the same room with the best high school soccer players in the state.
“To be honest, I never really expected any of this at the start of the season. I really wasn’t focused on individual awards. For the past three years, all we preached was building a program. Hopefully this shows that Blue Devil Soccer is in full swing. I guess this really shows that with hard work and determination, anything really is possible.”