Martino "Tino" Lettieri (born 27 September 1957) is a former NASL and MISL professional soccer goalkeeper, who represented Canada twice at the Summer Olympics: 1976 and 1984 and at the 1986 FIFA World Cup.
|Full name||Martino Lettieri|
|Date of birth||27 September 1957|
|Place of birth||Bari, Italy|
|Height||5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)|
|1980–1981||Minnesota Kicks (indoor)||14||(0)|
|1984||Vancouver Whitecaps (indoor)||13||(0)|
|1984–1987||Minnesota Strikers (indoor)||121||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Raised in Canada, Lettieri began his pro career with the Montreal Castors in the National Soccer League in 1976. In 1977, he played with the Minnesota Kicks in the North American Soccer League and played there until 1981. He went on to play the Vancouver Whitecaps in 1982 and 1983 and the Minnesota Strikers in 1984. He was named NASL North American Player of the Year in 1983 and had the league's best Goals Against Average in both 1982 and 1983.
Lettieri was a regular in the original MISL. He continued to play for the Strikers as the team joined the indoor league, playing the 1984–85 season through to 1987–88. Lettieri was voted Goalkeeper of the Year for the 1986–87 season.
Lettieri made his full international debut for Canada on 17 September 1980 in a 3–0 victory over New Zealand in Edmonton. He earned 24 caps for Canada and was the first-choice goalkeeper from 1980 until 1986. In the 1986 World Cup, Lettieri played two of Canada's three matches, the latter of which, a 0–2 defeat to the Soviet Union in Irapuato, was his final international appearance.
Lettieri married the daughter of Minnesota North Stars hockey player and general manager Lou Nanne. He now runs a successful food products business, Tino's Cafe Pizzeria, in Shorewood, Minnesota. His son, Vinni, played hockey for the University of Minnesota and signed with the New York Rangers in 2017.
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- "NASL Honors Whitecap Goalie". The Palm Beach Post. 22 September 1983. p. D12.
- "The Year in American Soccer - 1982". Homepages.sover.net. Retrieved 7 October 2013.
- "The Year in American Soccer - 1983". Homepages.sover.net. Retrieved 7 October 2013.
- Terry Bigham (17 April 1986). "Sidekicks Stay Alive, Overcome Strikers, 4-1". The Dallas Morning News.
- Franz Lidz (3 September 1984). "If Tino Lettieri is the NASL's best goalie, he owes it all". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 7 October 2013.
- "Tino Lettieri". www.canadasoccer.com. Retrieved 7 May 2020.
- Russo, Michael (14 February 2018). "From soccer to football to the NHL, Vinni Lettieri cut his..." The Athletic. Retrieved 1 March 2020.
- "About Me". Tino's Cafe Pizzeria. Retrieved 16 April 2014.
- "Vinni Lettieri". Gophersports.com. Retrieved 8 April 2017.
- "Lettieri Inks Deal with Rangers". Gophersports.com. Retrieved 17 June 2021.