1984 Hermann Trophy Winner
College: Columbia University
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
Aly, a Brooklyn, New York, native via Cairo, Egypt, began his Columbia career in 1980 scoring 10 goals, just one shy of the team lead. He also contributed three assists to finish with 13 points on the season. Columbia posted a 12-2-2 overall mark during that season and earned a split of its third straight conference title. It would be the first of four Ivy League Championship teams in which Aly would play on.
He took the 1981 season off from Columbia after competing with the U.S. National Youth Team in international competition in Switzerland, Italy, Australia and China, as well as at the Pan-American Games in 1982.
Aly returned to Columbia in 1982 where he once again finished second on the team in scoring with four goals and five assists, setting the Lions up for their fifth straight Ivy League title. In addition to earning a spot on the All-Ivy League first team, he was named second team all-region.
The 1983 season remains the gold standard for Columbia soccer, as the Lions reached the NCAA Tournament title contest, finishing runner-up to Indiana in a 1-0 decision. Along the way, Columbia posted an 18-0 record to reach the matchup with the Hoosiers. Aly again reached double digit scoring, with three goals and four assists, contributing to an offense that outscored opponents, 52-6. For his overall contributions, Aly earned a spot on the All-America third team, all-region team and the All-Ivy League first team.
Aly concluded his career on the pitch in a Lions uniform in the most impressive of fashions, capturing the Hermann Award, a second team All-America nod and his third straight first-team All-Ivy League selection. Columbia won its seventh straight Ivy League Championship, receiving two goals and five assists from Aly.
Aly continued to train with the U.S. National Team at various levels, including the 1984 Olympic squad. He went on to compete professionally for six years.