Franco Paonessa

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Franco Paonessa
Personal information
Date of birth (1959-10-24) October 24, 1959 (age 58)
Place of birth Italy
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
Fulton–Montgomery Community College
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1982 Rochester Flash
1984 New York Nationals
1987–1988 Albany Capitals
1989 New Jersey Eagles
1988–1989 Memphis Storm (indoor)
1990–1991 New York Kick (indoor)
1992 Greek American AA
1992–1993 Canton Invaders (indoor) 8 (1)
1996 New Jersey Stallions
National team
1992 Puerto Rico
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Franco Paonessa is a retired Italian-American professional soccer player who has played in the second and third American Soccer Leagues, United Soccer League, American Indoor Soccer Association and USISL.

Paonessa was a junior college All American soccer player at Fulton–Montgomery Community College. In 1982, he signed with the Rochester Flash of the second American Soccer League where he earned Rookie of the Year honors.[1] In 1984, he played for the New York Nationals of the United Soccer League.[2] In 1987, Paonessa joined the Albany Capitals as they played an independent schedule. In 1988, the Capitals joined the third American Soccer League. In 1989, the Capitals did not offer Paonessa a contract and he moved to the New Jersey Eagles.[3] He also played for the Memphis Storm of the American Indoor Soccer League[4] In December 1990, the New York Kick of the National Professional Soccer League signed Paonessa who had been painting houses.[5] He remained with the Kick through the 1990-1991 season. He then played for the Greek American AA of the Cosmopolitan Soccer League.[6] In the fall of 1992, he signed with the Canton Invaders of the NPSL.[7] He then played for the New Jersey Stallions of the USISL. Paonessa has continued to play amateur soccer with U.S. Parma.[8]


Paonessa competed for the Puerto Rico national football team during Puerto Rico's qualification games for the 1994 FIFA World Cup.[9]

Yearly Awards[edit]

  • 1982 ASL Rookie of the Year


  1. ^ The Year in American Soccer - 1982
  2. ^ EJECTION, INJURY DOOM SUN IN 1-0 LOSS Miami Herald, The (FL) - Sunday, June 3, 1984
  3. ^ 1989 American Soccer League
  4. ^ POWER WHIPS STORM TO END LOSING STREAK Chicago Tribune - Monday, March 6, 1989
  5. ^ NEZAJ HAS REASON TO KICK AFTER LATEST LOSS Times Union, The (Albany, NY) - Saturday, December 29, 1990
  6. ^ SOCCER GAME TO BENEFIT HOSPITAL Times Union, The (Albany, NY) - Friday, July 31, 1992
  7. ^ NATIONAL PROFESSIONAL SOCCER LEAGUE FINAL OFFICIAL STATISTICS -- 1992-1993 Archived September 27, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  8. ^ U.S. Parma USASA registration form
  9. ^ Dominican Republic v Puerto Rico (March 21, 1992),; accessed October 16, 2016.