Paul Wright (soccer)
Paul Wright (born July 29, 1969 in London, England) is a U.S. soccer forward who spent most of his career in the U.S. indoor leagues. He began his career with the San Diego Nomads in the Western Soccer Alliance, led the American Professional Soccer League in scoring in 1994 and played four seasons with the Kansas City Wizards in Major League Soccer. He currently plays for the San Diego Sockers of the Professional Arena Soccer League.
|Date of birth||July 29, 1969|
|Place of birth||London, England|
|Height||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
|San Diego Sockers|
|La Jolla Nomads|
|1987–1990||San Diego Nomads|
|1989–1990||Cleveland Crunch (indoor)||37||(15)|
|1990–1992||San Diego Sockers (indoor)||100||(101)|
|1993||Milwaukee Wave (indoor)||25||(45)|
|1993–1994||Los Angeles Salsa||42||(25)|
|1993–1994||Baltimore Blast (indoor)||35||(62)|
|1994–1995||Wichita Wings (indoor)||21||(8)|
|1995||Sacramento Knights (indoor)||27||(27)|
|1996–1999||Kansas City Wizards||88||(11)|
|1999–2002||Western Mass Pioneers||55||(22)|
|1999–2002||Baltimore Blast (indoor)||124||(86)|
|2001||→ Philadelphia KiXX (indoor) (loan)||7||(0)|
|2002–2005||San Diego Sockers (indoor)||59||(33)|
|2006||San Diego Fusion|
|2009–2011||San Diego Sockers (indoor)||28||(24)|
|2011||Anaheim Bolts (indoor)||8||(4)|
|2012–||San Diego Sockers (indoor)||9||(6)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of February 25, 2013|
While born in England, Wright and his family moved to the United States when he was a child. They settled in Modesto California,and attended Mark Twain Junior High School where he began playing soccer in local youth leagues. At some point, his family moved to San Diego where Wright would join the powerhouse La Jolla Nomads soccer club. He also played for Grossmont High School, leading the league in scoring his junior and senior seasons. When he graduated in 1986, he held the school's single season scoring record with 39.
In 1987, Wright moved to the Nomads senior team, the San Diego Nomads which played in the Western Soccer Alliance. The Nomads won the league championship that season and again in 1988. In 1990, the WSA merged with the east-coast based American Soccer League to form the American Professional Soccer League (APSL). The Nomads spend one season in the APSL before leaving the league. In 1989, the Cleveland Crunch of the Major Indoor Soccer League drafted Wright with the sixth pick of the expansion draft. On March 6, 1990, the Crunch traded Wright to the San Diego Sockers. The Sockers, perennial contenders, won the MISL championship that season with Wright named as the Championship Series Unsung Hero. Wright remained in San Diego until the MISL collapsed in 1992. On January 7, 1993, Wright signed with the Milwaukee Wave of the National Professional Soccer League (NSPL). Although the Wave failed to make the playoffs, Wright's forty-five goals in twenty-five games led to his selection as a first team All Star. That summer Wright signed with the Los Angeles Salsa of the outdoor American Professional Soccer League. In October, 1993, the Salsa loaned Wright to the Baltimore Blast of the NPSL. Wright was back the Salsa for the summer 1994 season, but after the Salsa folded that fall, he signed with the Wichita Wings of the NPSL for the 1994–1995 season. Wright would not return to the NPSL until 1999. In 1993, Wright signed with the Los Angeles Salsa of the outdoor American Professional Soccer League. He had not played outdoor soccer since playing with the Nomads in 1990, but this did not stop Wright from finishing second in points and goals to team mate Paulinho Criciúma, being named a first team All Star. In 1994, Wright led the league in scoring, tying Paulhino for the points lead. He was again selected as a first team All Star. After playing with the Baltimore Blast during the 1994–1995 winter indoor season, Wright did not return to the APSL, but instead signed with the Sacramento Knights of the Continental Indoor Soccer League (CISL). The CISL played a summer indoor schedule. In December 1995, Major League Soccer announced it had signed Wright to a league contract. In preparation for its first season, MLS signed players to contracts, then distributed these players through the league via an initial allocation and an inaugural player draft. In February 1996, the Kansas City Wizards selected Wright in the third round (twenty-fifth overall) of the 1996 MLS Supplemental Draft. He spent four seasons in Kansas City. When the Wizards released him in 1999, Wright signed with the Western Mass Pioneers where he played four outdoor seasons. In the fall of 1999, he returned to the Baltimore Blast in the NPSL. He spent most of three seasons in Baltimore, but saw time in seven games with the Philadelphia KiXX during the 2000–2001 season. In February 2002, the Blast waived Wright, who was leading the team in scoring at the time. The San Diego Sockers quickly signed Wright in preparation for the team's move to the new Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL). In October 2002, he signed another year-long contract and remained with the Sockers until it discontinued operations in December 2005. On January 5, 2005, the Chicago Storm selected Wright in the MISL Dispersal Draft. Wright both owns an athletic training company, Speed to Burn. In April 2006, he joined the San Diego Fusion of the amateur fourth division National Premier Soccer League. In 2009, he signed with the San Diego Sockers of the Professional Arena Soccer League. In May 2011, it was announced he signed with a new team in the PASL, the Anaheim Bolts. In October 2012, he re-signed with the San Diego Sockers for the 2012–13 season.
- Crunch transactions
- 1993 APSL stats
- 1994 APSL stats
- "Sockers announce signing of Paul Wright for 2012-13 season". Sports Page Magazine. October 3, 2012. Archived from the original on October 30, 2012. Retrieved November 25, 2012.