Mar 1 2017
Recently, the West Florida Flames Family and surrounding communities learnt of the sad passing of local soccer legend Tony Rosso, a great soccer player, coach, friend, brother, and son. He will be remembered for his caring heart, his deep love for soccer, and deep connection with his community. He always put others before himself, was a true and loved leader.
Tony, lost his life in a tragic and unrealistic circumstances on February 23rd 2017, aged just 34 with his whole life ahead of him.
Tony, was an incurable soccer romantic, he dedicated his life to playing dreaming of being the best and predominantly helping others. He was the soccer captain at East Lake High School. After which, he received a scholarship and played collegiate Soccer for four years at St. Leo’s University. Additionally, playing professionally, for the Florida Kickers, in the Florida Suncoast League Soccer League.
A true winner on the pitch, with endless trophies, man of the match awards, but more importantly, was revered by teammates and opponents alike, for his true sportsmanship. A truly competitive player but a Gentleman on and off the pitch. Hid opponents always greeted him with complete respect, applause and a handshake after the game.
Tony, leaves behind family members and friends with heavy hearts. It is during and beyond these tragic times where our board, managers, coaches and players send his family our prayers and strength. Tony and his Family, will always have a home with the West Florida Flames, as we will honor his name in due course after consultation with the Rosso Family.
A celebration of Tony’s life will be held on Saturday March 4th, between 3pm and 5pm, at St Ignatius RC Church, 701E Tarpon Avenue, Tarpon Springs, FL 34688. All are welcome to join this celebration.
Tony will be remembered as a true local soccer legend, forever a friend to all and always in our hearts and minds. Rest in Peace Tony, we will miss you and never forget you.
From all at the West Florida Flames Soccer Club