Paul Hunter (soccer)
|Full name||R. Paul Hunter|
|Date of birth||January 18, 1956|
|Place of birth||Toronto, Ontario, Canada|
|1974-1976||University of Connectucut|
|1977||New York Cosmos||3||(0)|
|1980-1981||Tulsa Roughnecks (indoor)||9||(2)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
High school and college
While born in Canada, Hunter and his brother Tim grew up in Westport, Connecticut where he attended Staples High School. Staples won the 1971 Connecticut state championship Hunter’s junior. While the team repeated as champions in 1972, Hunter shattered his leg mid-season, putting him out for the rest of the year. He then attended the University of Connecticut, playing on the men’s soccer team from 1974 to 1976. He was selected as an honourable mention (third team) All American in 1975 and a first team All American his senior season. He was also team captain that season.
Hunter signed with the New York Cosmos of the North American Soccer League (NASL) in 1977. He played only three games and transferred to the Detroit Express where he became a regular starter for two seasons. In 1980, he played only five games for the Express and in 1981, found himself with the Tulsa Roughnecks where he played twenty games.
Hunter was inducted into the Connecticut Soccer Hall of Fame in 2004.