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Franco Paonessa

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Date of birthOctober 24, 1959(age 57)
Playing positionMidfielder

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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.

In 1982, he signed with the Rochester Flash of the second American Soccer League where he earned Rookie of the Year honors. In 1984, he played for the New York Nationals of the United Soccer League. In 1989, he played for the New Jersey Eagles of the third American Soccer League. He also played for the Memphis Storm of the American Indoor Soccer League In December 1990, the New York Kick of the National Professional Soccer League signed Paonessa who had been painting houses. He remained with the Kick through the 1990-1991 season. He then played for the Greek American AA of the Cosmopolitan Soccer League. In the fall of 1992, he signed with the Canton Invaders of the NPSL. He then played for the New Jersey Stallions of the USISL. Paonessa has continued to play amateur soccer with U.S. Parma.

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