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MetroStars’ Ramos Wins Award

October 20, 2002

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) _ Tad Ramos, the recently retired New York-New Jersey MetroStars player, received Major League Soccer’s Commissioner’s Award on Saturday.

The award recognizes a person or organization for unselfish work and leadership. The fire and police departments of New York City won the award last year.

Ramos was the first player to sign with MLS and was the lone remaining original MetroStars player in 2002.

``Tab was, and is, more than a great soccer player,″ MLS commissioner Don Garber said. ``He has served the game. We are proud that our athletes relish their responsibility as role models.

``We are proud that they provide the inspiration, the hopes, the dreams, for millions of girls and boys across America.″

In 1990, Ramos captained the U.S. squad that qualified for the World Cup for the first time in 40 years. Before retiring from international play in 2000, he appeared in 81 games for the national team and three World Cups.

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