Paul Kelly (soccer)

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Paul Kelly
Personal information
Date of birth (1974-05-01) May 1, 1974 (age 42)
Place of birth Springfield, Massachusetts, United States
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Playing position Defender
Youth career
1992–1995 Maine Black Bears
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1996 Club Academica
1997 New Hampshire Phantoms 27 (4)
1998 Worcester Wildfire 23 (5)
1999–2002 Western Mass Pioneers 42 (11)
2003 New Hampshire Phantoms 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Paul Kelly (born May 1, 1974 in Springfield, MA) is a former American professional soccer defender.


Kelly attended the University of Maine at Orono, playing on the men's soccer team from 1992 to 1995. He was a 1994 and 1995 Regional All American; 1992, 1994 and 1995 All North Atlantic Conference.[1] In 1995, he played for the East team in the US Olympic Festival held in San Antonio, Texas.


After college, Kelly returned to Massachusetts to play for the Luso American Soccer Association (LASA) team, Academica de Fall River. That summer, Academica won both the league and SuperCup titles. Kelly scored the game winning goal in Academica's victory over the Dynamo Brava in the SuperCup final. In 1997, Paul spent 2 weeks training with the New England Revolution of Major League Soccer then moved to the USL to play for the New Hampshire Phantoms. The team advanced to the 1997 National Final Four in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The Phantoms fell in overtime to the Albuquerque Geckos in the semi-final. In 1998, Kelly moved to the A-League, starting every game for the Worcester Wildfire. In 1999, Kelly signed with the newly formed Western Mass Pioneers of the USL. He served as team captain as the Pioneers captured the 1999 USISL D-3 Pro League title. Kelly was named to the D-3 Pro League First Team All Star team and was invited to the Major League Soccer combine in Fort Lauderdale, FL.[2] Kelly returned to Western Mass for the 2002 season. This year the team lost in the Northeast Conference title game to the Connecticut Wolves despite winning the 2 match aggregate 4-3.


2 time Regional All-American - '94 & '95
3 time All NAC Conference - '92, '94, '95
US Olympic Festival San Antonio, TX -1995
LASA All Star - 1996 Club Academica
USL All Star - 1999 Western Mass Pioneers
Captain USL National Champions - 1999
Umbro Classic MLS Draft/Combine - 2000