After World War II many Italians immigrated to the United States of America. Many Italians from the south of Italy settled in Brooklyn, New York. Most of the new immigrants did not speak English and needed each other to settle into their new communities. The immigrants organized and formed many social clubs to help keep their cultures alive in their new home. These social clubs were a place where immigrants can go to socialize, relax and organize as a community. After these social clubs were formed many new immigrants would have access to the clubs and this would help them transition into their new lives. Soccer games amongst the different social clubs became a regular occurrence in Brooklyn. It was not just the Italian social clubs doing this; but also the German, Greek and Eastern European clubs. In 1949 the Brooklyn Italians Soccer Club was born.
The founding families of the club were Sorrentino, Mazzeo, the Campagna Brothers, Carestia, Camposeo, Lombardo, Narduzzi, Pusateri, the Fugallo and Poscopo brothers. Mr. Piscopo was elected the first president of the Brooklyn Italians. Following Mr. Piscopo was Carmine Mazzeo in 1951 until 1954 and again in 1947. After winning the first two championships of the Metropolitan League the club was renamed to Palermo Football Club. In 1974 the club changed its name back to Brooklyn Italians Soccer Club under president Corrado “Joe” Manfredi.
In 1979 the Brooklyn Italians Soccer Club won the US Open Cup (equivalent to the Italian Coppa Italia or English FA Cup). The game was played in Chicago at the Winnimac Stadium. The opponent was Croatia S.C. and the final score was 2-1. The coach was Lorenzo DeSimone and the manager was Joe Clemente. The Manfredi presidency would be remembered for that magnificent accomplishment 30 years into the clubs founding.
From 1987 until 2013 the presidency was in the hands of Jerry Valerio, 25 consecutive years, a record for the club. During his presidency,
trophies, accomplishments, championships have been pouring in to the already full glass showcase of the club. The Brooklyn Italians won the U.S. Open Cup for the second time after defeating the Richardson Rockets of Texas 1-0 thanks to a 7th minute goal by Ernest Inner. Current MLS team Real Salt Lake President Bill Manning was a part of that team and was shown a red card. After the prestigious Cup, came an International accomplishment in 1997. The Under 14 won the "Enzo Ferrari" International
Youth Tournament in Maranello (Italy) defeating on penalties (5-3) Club Napoli of Palomonte.
Under president Valerio’s guide the club’s attention has focused on youth soccer. The club now has over 300 youth players. Playing in local leagues, tournaments and cups the youth side has managed to overflow the club house with trophies. The club’s first team has many players who grew up through the youth system. Mr. Jerry Valerio is currently an honorary president for life. His work continues to live through the players that are in and have passed through the club house.
Today the club’s president is John Saia. The organization’s executive board is responsible for the NYC Indoor Classic, Christopher Columbus Cup, Travel teams, Scuola Calcio, and the Men’s NPSL team. The club has grown tremendously in the past few years and the president and executive board have great plans for the next generation of Brooklyn Italians players. Building off of the past leaders, success and hard work of Mr. Jerry Valerio the Brooklyn Italians Soccer Club is ready to continue into the future.