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Paul DiBernardo

Paul DiBernardo is a retired Argentine-American soccer midfielder who coaches youth soccer. He played professionally in the American Indoor Soccer Association and earned one cap with the United States men's national soccer team.

DiBernardo, a native of Argentina, moved to the United States in 1972 with his family. He grew up in Illinois and attended Riverside High School in North Riverside, Illinois. He graduated in 1981, after which he attended Indiana University. While growing up, he also played for Sparta Soccer Club in Chicago. After high school, played as a midfielder on the Hoosiers soccer team from 1981 to 1984. His older brother Angelo had been a star at Indiana in the late 1970s. During Pauls four seasons with the Hoosiers, they went to the championship game three years running, taking the title in 1982 and 1983 and losing to Clemson in 1984. DiBernardo contributed 40 goals and 36 assists during his four years and was named the 1984 SoccerAmerica college Player of the Year. In 1997, the Indiana Soccer Hall of Fame inducted DiBernardo.

In January 1985, DiBernardo wigned with the Louisville Thunder of the American Indoor Soccer Association (AISA) for the remainder of the 1984-1985 season. In June 1985, the Minnesota Strikers selected DiBernardo in the first round (eighth overall) of the Major Indoor Soccer League draft. The Strikers released him during the pre-season. He then signed with the Chicago Shoccers of the AISA. He spent one season with the Shoccers then moved to the Fort Wayne Flames in 1986. DiBernardo appeared in 95 games for the Flames from 1986 to 1989. During the 1987-1988 AISA season, he scored 18 goals for the Fort Wayne Flames, putting him 10th on the leagues points list.

Related websites

Sparta Chicago Site its in Czech

IU Soccer History

Naperville Soccer Club coaches bios

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