1. High School- MVP of FCIAC Tournament, MVP of State Championship Game for NHS, All-FCIAC, All-Area MVP, Senior Bowl Region 4 Team (named Region 4 MVP), Named to All-CT Post Team (joining Ben Laughton and Andy Soumelidis to ever make that team from NHS)
2. News Paper Remarks On High School Career- Joe Funicello Captain- Tremendously talented defender/midfielder who will travel to play in Italy this July. A two-time All-FCIAC selection and current team captain, Joe was named the MVP of the Region IV team at this year's Senior Bowl, the MVP of the FCIAC Tournament, and the MVP of the Class LL State Championship game for Norwalk. As a two-time member of the All-Area Team and a 2004 selection to the All-CT Post Team, Joe led the Bears to the FCIAC finals and state championship match. He was a starter on the 2002 FCIAC title team, and was named team MVP in both 2003 and 2004. Four year varsity starter. Team MVP two Years in a Row- 2002 Unsung Hero Award, Regarded as Best Player In the State
3. New York Red Bulls Academy Team Captain
1999-2000: Joe- Scored 3 goals for Youth Club Beachside in National Tournament to help lead them to 1st National Championship. Scored 3 goals for Olympic Development Program Youth System
2001-2004: Joe led his High School Team to their first ever City Championship and State Championship. Was regarded the best player in the state for two years from FCIAC.
2005- Captain and helped New York Red Bulls Academy Team to National Final
Joe hasPlayed Along Side and Against World Class Professionals such as, Giovanni Saverese ( Metrostars all time leading scorer) Alexi Lalas (MLS Hall Famer, Serie A Padova, MLS Metrostars, Kansas City Wizards, Former General Manger of MetroStars, Current General Manger of LA Galaxy MLS) Mo Johnston (West Ham Untied, Rangers, Celtic, MLS Kansas City Wizards) Youri Djorkaeff (Inter Milan, World Cup Champion 1998 with France, BlackBurn Rovers, Bolton Wanders, New York Red Bulls) Recoba (Inter Milan Uruguay National Team)
Joe has played professionally at a very young age. He has great experience for his age. Joe is a very skillful midfielder who has great strength on the ball, is unbelievable in the air, and always very composed on the ball. He is known to slow the game down and get it back under control when it seems to be to hetic. A great leader on and off the field.