Anthony Lecce was born in Rome, Italy, on January 1, 1945. He emigrated to Toronto in 1957 where he played in minor soccer. From 1960 until 1964 he attended George Harvey Collegiate Institute.

After playing in Toronto Italia’s farm system he joined the professional team before the 1964 season.

In September 1964 Tony joined American Soccer League club Hartford Soccer Club.

Tony returned to Toronto Italia before the start of the 1965 Eastern Canada Professional Soccer League season. After the season Tony receieved the 1965 Player’s Trophy, emblematic of being rated as the best player in Toronto by local sportswriters.

In January 1968 Tony signed a three-year contract with Toronto Falcons. The Falcons were the former Toronto Italia franchise that were members of the Eastern Canada Professional Soccer League. After signing his new contract Tony flew out to Falcons’ training camp in El Salvador. Tony played in 28 league games and scored 1 goal during the 1968 NASL season.

In the 1969 season Tony played for the newly-formed Toronto Italia club in the National Soccer League.

Tony spent the 1970 National Soccer League season with Toronto Hungaria.

In March 1971 he joined the new North American Soccer League franchise Toronto Metros. Tony was the captain of the Metros in the 1971 season.