FARMINGTON, Conn. (January 18, 2007) - Three former University of Connecticut men's soccer players are a part of this year's class of Connecticut Soccer Hall of Fame inductees. John Blomstrann, Carlos M. Carlos and Thomas Nevers will each be welcomed into the hall on Jan. 27 during the ninth annual induction dinner held at the Farmington Marriott at 5:30 p.m.
Blomstrann, a Storrs native, has served as the head boy's soccer coach at E.O. Smith for the last 26 years. He holds an overall record of 415-68-27 (.840) with five CIAC LL championships to his credit. Blomstrann graduated from UConn in 1975 after lettering three years under former head coach Joe Morrone.
Carlos was the starting center midfielder for Morrone's 1981 National Championship squad that went 20-3-2, defeating Alabama A&M, 2-1, in overtime to cap off a stellar four-year career. He signed with the New York Cosmos in 1982 as a first-round draft pick and went on to capture the 1982 Soccer Bowl in San Diego. A long-time resident of Prospect and Waterbury, he is currently coaching premier soccer with Academica Futebol Club in Cheshire, Conn.
Nevers wrapped up a four-year career at UConn (1974-77) with 35 goals and 13 assists, placing him 12th in the all-time scoring ranks. Following his career as a Husky, he played professional soccer for four years in the North American and Major Indoor Soccer Leagues, participating in over 100 league and international competitions. Nevers was also named a High School All-American during his career at E.O. Smith. He joins his father, Thomas Nevers, Sr., a member of the CSHOF Class of 2001.
The trio joins 15 current and former Husky players and coaches in the hall of fame, including each of the last three head coaches: Ray Reid (1997-present), Morrone (1969-96) and John Squires (1937-68).
For more information on tickets for the induction dinner, sponsorship opportunities or program ad space, contact the Connecticut Soccer Hall of Fame by calling 860-676-1161.