Ardo was born in Nicastro Italy (now Lamezia Terme) on September 23, 1950. Ardo is a retired soccer goalkeeper who played professionally in both the North American Soccer League and the Major Indoor Soccer League.
In 1975 he played for the Rochester Lancers of the NASL. He appeared in 18 games and had the distinction of facing soccer great Pele. In the MISL, he played for the Philadelphia Fever and the Buffalo Stallions. While playing goalkeeper, Ardo recorded the first ever indoor shut-out. He also recorded the longest ever overtime win which consisted of double overtime and 13 rounds of shootouts and the longest time without being scored on.
Locally Ardo played for the Hamilton Steelers in 1981 and 1982, winning the National Soccer League treble crown (Championship, League Cup and Playoffs) in 1981. Ardo also played in the OICSL with Hamilton Italo Canadians, winning the Ontario Cup in 1970. He also played both goalie and forward for Mohawk College from 1970-1971 and 1971-1972, winning consecutive OCAA Gold Medals. Ardo was inducted into the Mohawk Hall of Fame in 2009.
Ardo started playing in the Hamilton District Youth Soccer League at the age of 10. During his youth years Ardo played 3 years in the Canusa Games. In 1969 he played for the Ontario Selects in the Canada Games.
From the beginning Ardo’s soccer skills were very apparent.