Long Island athletes in the pros now

Photo Credit: Newsday/Alejandra Villa Loarca

A look at the Long Islanders making a career as professional athletes across the worlds of football, baseball, basketball, hockey and soccer.

This database is of active athletes only and excludes the minor leagues of the respective sports. It includes professional athletes who list a Long Island hometown and/or attended high school on Long Island. It does not include athletes who only played college sports on Long Island or who have settled on Long Island later in life.





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name Hometown school league team Pro debut note Twitter
name Jasmyne Spencer Hometown Bay Shore school Bay Shore league NWSL team Houston Dash Pro debut April 20, 2013 note In addition to her duties in the NWSL, Spencer has played in the Australian W-League in the offseason, most recently completing a loan to Melbourne City. Twitter @Jas_it_Up
name Tobias Harris Hometown Dix Hills school Half Hollow Hills West league NBA team Philadelphia 76ers Pro debut Jan. 7, 2012 note Harris was selected with the 19th overall pick by the Bobcats in 2011, but was traded to the Bucks later on draft night. Twitter @tobias31
name Cari Roccaro Hometown East Islip school East Islip league NWSL team North Carolina Courage Pro debut April 16, 2016 note Newsday's girls soccer player of the year in 2011, Roccaro won the 2012 U-20 Women's World Cup for the United States Twitter @cari_roccaro
name Tim Melia Hometown East Islip school East Islip league MLS team Sporting Kansas City Pro debut July 1, 2009 note Melia was the 2015 MLS Comeback Player of the Year and 2017 MLS Goalkeeper of the Year for Sporting KC. Twitter @TimMelia28
name Greg Senat Hometown Elmont school Elmont league NFL team Indianapolis Colts Pro debut Oct. 11, 2020 note Senat originally attended Wagner to play basketball, playing just two years of college football before being drafted. Twitter @gregorysenat
name Keith Kinkaid Hometown Farmingville school Sachem East league NHL team Rangers Pro debut March 5, 2013 note Kinkaid was a bronze medalist for Team USA at the 2018 IIHF World Championships. Twitter @Blockaid1
name Justin Dunn Hometown Freeport school N/A league MLB team Seattle Mariners Pro debut Sept. 12, 2019 note Dunn was drafted 19th overall by the Mets, but wound up in Seattle as part of a trade for Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz. Twitter @Dunn_Deal19
name Emily Menges Hometown Garden City school Garden City league NWSL team Portland Thorns FC Pro debut April 12, 2014 note Menges was the 25th overall selection in the 2014 NWSL draft, winning the league title with the Thorns in 2017. Twitter @em_meningitis3
name Donovan Smith Hometown Hempstead school N/A league NFL team Tampa Bay Buccaneers Pro debut Sept. 13, 2015 note Smith, who grew up on Long Island before moving to Maryland as a teenager, won a Super Bowl alongside Tom Brady in February 2021. Twitter @DSmith_76
name Tim Parker Hometown Hicksville school Hicksville league MLS team Houston Dynamo FC Pro debut May 3, 2015 note A four-year starter at St. John's, Parker was the No. 13 overall pick in the 2015 MLS SuperDraft by Vancouver. Twitter @Tim_Parker26
name Adam Fox Hometown Jericho school Jericho league NHL team Rangers Pro debut Oct. 3, 2019 note Fox was part of Team USA's gold-medal victory in the 2017 World Junior Championship along with fellow LIers Jeremy Bracco and Charlie McAvoy. Twitter @foxyclean
name Charlie McAvoy Hometown Long Beach school Long Beach league NHL team Boston Bruins Pro debut April 12, 2017 note McAvoy attended Long Beach for one year before moving to Michigan to join the USA Hockey developmental team. Twitter @CMcAvoy44
name Dylan Nealis Hometown Massapequa school Massapequa league MLS team Red Bulls Pro debut March 7, 2020 note Nealis made 78 appearances for Georgetown before he was selected with the No. 3 pick in the 2020 MLS SuperDraft. Twitter @dylan_nealis
name Sean Nealis Hometown Massapequa school Massapequa league MLS team Red Bulls Pro debut Feb. 27, 2019 note As a senior at Hofstra, Nealis was the 2018 CAA defensive player of the year. Twitter
name Sonny Milano Hometown Massapequa school N/A league NHL team Anaheim Ducks Pro debut March 31, 2016 note Milano was selected by Columbus with the 16th pick in the 2014 NHL draft, forgoing a commitment to play at collegiate powerhouse Boston College. Twitter @27smilano
name Marcus Stroman Hometown Medford school Patchogue-Medford league MLB team Chicago Cubs Pro debut May 4, 2014 note Before winning a Gold Glove in 2017, Stroman won the 2008 Yastrzemski Award for Suffolk's best ballplayer. Twitter @STR0
name Danny Green Hometown North Babylon school St. Mary's league NBA team Philadelphia 76ers Pro debut Nov. 12, 2009 note Green won an NCAA title with North Carolina in 2009 before NBA championships with the Spurs in 2014, Raptors in 2019 and Lakers in 2020. Twitter @DGreen_14
name Bria Hartley Hometown North Babylon school North Babylon league WNBA team Phoenix Mercury Pro debut May 16, 2014 note Newsday's girls baskeball player of the year in 2010, Hartley won a pair of national titles at UConn. Twitter @Breezyyy14
name Allie Long Hometown Northport school Northport league NWSL team NJ/NY Gotham FC Pro debut April 18, 2009 note Long was Newsday's girls soccer player of the year in 2004 and 2005, never losing a regular season game in four years at Northport. Twitter @ALLIE_LONG
name Elijah Riley Hometown Port Jefferson school Newfield league NFL team Jets Pro debut Oct. 11, 2020 note The 2015 Hansen Award winner for Suffolk's top football player, Riley played at Army before receiving a waiver to join the league before fulfilling his military obligations. Twitter @ERiley011
name Crystal Dunn Hometown Rockville Centre school South Side league NWSL team Portland Thorns FC Pro debut April 13, 2014 note A three-time state title winner with South Side, Dunn now is a fixture at fullback for the U.S. women's national team. Twitter @crysdunn_19
name Greg Van Roten Hometown Rockville Centre school Chaminade league NFL team Jets Pro debut Nov. 18, 2012 note Van Roten played for the CFL's Toronto Argonauts in 2015 and 2016 before returning to the NFL with the Jaguars, then catching on in Carolina. Twitter @GVR64
name Kevin McCarthy Hometown Rockville Centre school Kellenberg league MLB team Boston Red Sox Pro debut Sept. 9, 2016 note At Marist, McCarthy was the 2013 MAAC Co-Relief Pitcher of the Year. Twitter @KMAC_n_cheez15
name Meredith Speck Hometown Rockville Centre school Sacred Heart league NWSL team North Carolina Courage Pro debut Sept. 30, 2015 note An All-LI midfielder in 2009 and 2010, Speck won the 2018 NWSL title with North Carolina. Twitter @meredithspeck25
name Kyle Palmieri Hometown Smithtown school N/A league NHL team Islanders Pro debut Nov. 3, 2010 note The No. 26 pick in the 2009 NHL draft, Palmieri moved from Long Island to New Jersey as a child. Twitter @kylepalmieri
name Anthony Kay Hometown Stony Brook school Ward Melville league MLB team Toronto Blue Jays Pro debut Sept. 7, 2019 note Drafted by the Mets in the first round of the 2016 draft, Kay was later traded to the Blue Jays in a deal for fellow Long Islander Marcus Stroman. Twitter @TonyBuckets18
name Steven Matz Hometown Stony Brook school Ward Melville league MLB team St. Louis Cardinals Pro debut June 28, 2015 note Matz was Newsday's player of the year and won the Yastrzemski Award for Suffok's best ballplayer in 2009. Twitter @Smatz88
name Sue Bird Hometown Syosset school Christ the King league WNBA team Seattle Storm Pro debut May 30, 2002 note Bird, the WNBA's all-time assist leader, has won gold with the United States in each of the last four Olympics. Twitter @S10Bird
name Shamar Stephen Hometown Westbury school LI Lutheran league NFL team Denver Broncos Pro debut Sept. 7, 2014 note Stephen was a three-sport athlete at LuHi, earning letters in football, basketball and lacrosse. Twitter @ShamarStephen59

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