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January 8, 2017
CASTING A PAUL
Caligiuri named head coach NPSL's Orange County FC


Paul Caligiuri will lead Orange County FC this season.
Paul Caligiuri will lead Orange County FC this season.
Photo courtesy of Orange County FC
Paul Caligiuri, the man who scored arguably the most important goal in U.S. Soccer history, has been named head coach of Orange County FC.

The National Premier Soccer League club made the announcement Friday.

Caligiuri struck for the lone goal of the United States' 1-0 win over Trinidad & Tobago to lift the Americans into their first World Cup in 40 years on Nov. 19, 1989.

He succeeds Bryan Wallace.

The 52-year-old Caligiuri also became the first U.S. citizen to score a World Cup goal -- in the USA's opening 5-1 defeat to Czechoslovakia -- at Italia '90 since Joe Maca accomplished the feat at the 1950 World Cup in Brazil.

Caligiuri also played for Hamburger SV, SV Meppen, Hansa Rostock and SC Freiburg in Germany.

Returning home to play in Major League Soccer, he performed for the Columbus Crew and LA Galaxy before retiring from the game in 2001.

Caligiuri, scored five goals in 110 international appearances, is a member of the National Soccer Hall of Fame.
 
 
 
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