- Paul Child
Infobox Football biography
playername= Paul Child
fullname = Paul Child
dateofbirth = birth date and age|1952|12|8
height = height|ft=6|in=1
position = Forward
years = 1966–1973
Atlanta Chiefs(loan) Atlanta Apollos
San Jose Earthquakes
San Jose Earthquakes (indoor – NASL)
Memphis Rogues Atlanta Chiefs Pittsburgh Spirit(indoor) Carolina Lightnin' Baltimore Blast(indoor) Los Angeles Lazers(indoor)
caps(goals) = 000 00(0)
nationalyears = 1973
nationalteam = United States
nationalcaps(goals) = 002 0(0)
manageryears = 1994-1995
1998–2002 , 2005–
Pittsburgh Stingers("indoor") Detroit Neon("indoor") Pittsburgh Riverhounds(assistant)
Paul Child (born December 8, 1952 in
Birmingham, England) is a former U.S.-English soccerForward who played nine seasons in the North American Soccer League. He led the league in scoring in 1974 and was a two time first team All Star. He also earned two caps with the U.S. national team in 1973. He is a member of the National Soccer Hall of Fame.
In 1966, Child signed with English First Division club
Aston Villawhen he turned fourteen. Over the next six seasons, he never appeared with the first team and in 1972, Villa loaned the nineteen year old Child to the Atlanta Chiefsof the North American Soccer League(NASL).
When Child arrived in Atlanta during the 1972 NASL season, he promptly scored eight goals in twelve games and was named a first team All Star. The Chiefs then purchased Child’s contract from Villa. In 1973, the team became known as the
Atlanta Apollos. In 1974, the Apollo traded Child to the expansion San Jose Earthquakes where he led the league in scoring with fifteen goals and six assists. He was selected as a first team All Star for his second time that year. Child remained with the Earthquakes until 1980 when the team traded him to the Memphis Rogues. He scored twelve goals that year. The Rogues moved to Calgary during the off-season, but Child did not move with the team. Instead, he returned to the team with which he began his NASL career, the Atlanta Chiefs. The 1981 NASL season was Child’s last in the league, which was in decline by this time. He scored thirteen goals, added another eight, then left the league to devote himself to his indoor career.
In 1983, Child returned to outdoor soccer with the
Carolina Lightnin'of the American Soccer League(ASL). The Lightnin’, coached by Rodney Marsh, went to the ASL semifinals that year.
In 1975, the NASL ran an indoor tournament during the 1974-1975 off season. The Earthquakes won the title and Child led the scoring, gaining MVP honors, with seven goals in four games.
In 1981, Child signed with the
Pittsburgh Spiritof Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL). He was a prolific scorer during his first three years with the team, scoring 140 goals in 133 games. In 1986, the Spirit folded and Child moved to the Baltimore Blastfor one season. He then played the 1987-1988 MISL season with the Los Angeles Lazers.
Child earned two caps with the U.S. national team in 1973 despite not yet having his U.S. citizenship. His first cap came in a 2-0 win over Canada on August 5, 1973. He played again seven days later in a 1-0 win over Poland. He began the game, then came out for
Kyle Rote, Jr..
In 1995, Child became the head coach of the
Detroit Neonof the Continental Indoor Soccer League(CISL). He coached the team until it folded at the end of the 1997 season. [http://www.kicksfan.com/opponents/detroit/index.htm]
On October 5, 1998, the A-League
Pittsburgh Riverhoundshired Child as the team’s director of youth development. A month later, he was named as the team’s assistant coach. After the Riverhounds fired coach John Kowalskiin 2001, Child served as interim head coach until the hiring of Kai Haaskivi. Child was fired in 2002, then rehired on December 15, 2005 as an assistant coach.
Post soccer career
Aside from working with the Riverhounds, Child is a project manager at the Allegheny Millworks in the Pittsburgh area.
In 2003, Child was inducted into the
National Soccer Hall of Fame.
NASL Leading Scorer: 1974
NASL First Team All Star: 1972, 1974
NASL Indoor MVP: 1975
NASL Indoor Leading Scorer: 1975
* [http://www.soccerhall.org/famers/Paul_Child.htm National Soccer Hall of Fame bio]
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