Former D.C. United player Santino Quaranta is part of the latest class of the Maryland Soccer Hall of Fame, and will be inducted with six others in a ceremony to be held this coming Friday. Quaranta becomes the second D.C. United alum in the past six months to receive such an honor, following the announcement that Marco Etcheverry would become the first DCU player to the D.C. Sports Hall of Fame.
The 31-year old Quaranta played 180 games with D.C., the LA Galaxy and New York Red Bulls, though he spent 159 of those in Black and Red, scoring 25 goals. He also appeared for the United States National team at the U17, U20 and first team levels, and scored his only US goal in front of RFK faithful in a 2009 Gold Cup match against Honduras. Quaranta becomes the second D.C. United player to join the Hall, following Clint Peay's induction in 2010. Quaranta also becomes the second Quaranta to do same, joining his grandfather Tom, who was inducted in 1994. Quaranta joins a group which includes Pete Caringi (UMBC Men's Coach), former National team player Bruce Murray, former United States U17 and Real Salt Lake coach John Ellinger and former Washington Diplomats player Phillip Gyau.