Paul Kitson (soccer)

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Paul Kitson
Personal information
Date of birth (1956-05-31)31 May 1956
Place of birth London, England
Date of death 25 August 2005(2005-08-25) (aged 49)
Place of death Toronto, Canada
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Playing position Forward / Midfielder
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
–1979 New York Apollo
1980–1981 New York United
1980–1981 Chicago Horizon (indoor) 39 (33)
1981–1983 New York Arrows (indoor) 81 (72)
1983–1986 Baltimore Blast (indoor) 129 (94)
1986–1987 Los Angeles Lazers (indoor) 19 (7)
1987–1988 Cleveland Force (indoor) 38 (10)
1990 New Jersey Eagles
1992–1993 Denver Thunder (indoor) 25 (3)
1993 Arizona Sandsharks (indoor)
1993–1994 Detroit Rockers (indoor) 8 (1)
1994 Philadelphia KiXX (indoor) 9 (8)
1996 Detroit Neon (indoor)
1996–1997 Toronto Shooting Stars (indoor) 11 (17)
1997–1999 Montreal Impact (indoor) 11 (1)
1999 Maryland Mania 10 (0)
Teams managed
1998 Montreal Impact
1999 Maryland Mania (player-coach)
2001 Brampton Hitmen
2000–2001 Buffalo Blizzard
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Paul Kitson (31 May 1956 – 25 August 2005) was an English footballer who played and coached professionally with both indoor and outdoor soccer teams in Canada and the United States.


Kitson began his career with Watford in England before moving to the United States.

On March 6, 1987, Los Angeles Lazers traded Kitson to the Cleveland Force for Chris Chueden.[1] He spent the next two seasons with the Force. In 1990, he played for the New Jersey Eagles in the American Professional Soccer League.[2]


Kitson began his coaching career with the Montreal Impact in 1997, but the team closed at the end of the 1998 season. On May 14, 1999, the Maryland Mania of the USL A-League hired Kitson.[3] In 2001, Kitson was appointed the head coach for Canadian Professional Soccer Leagueexpansion side the Brampton Hitmen. Throughout the season the Hitmen performed poorly without recording a single victory, which resulted in Kitson to be dismissed from his post on July 25, 2001.[4]


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