Ex-Blast player Crossley dies at 47


Paul Crossley, who played for the Baltimore Blast in the Major Indoor Soccer League from 1980 to 1983, died of a massive heart attack Monday in Seattle. He was 47.

Crossley, a native of Rochdale, England, played 10 years in the English league before moving to the United States in 1975 to play for the Seattle Sounders of the North American Soccer League.

He is the second former Blast player to die in the past two months. Stan Stamenkovic, regarded as one of the greatest-ever indoor soccer players, died on Jan. 28 after suffering a severe head injury in a fall at his home in Titova Uzice, Serbia.

Crossley joined the Blast in its inaugural season in 1980. Former Blast coach Kenny Cooper used to refer to him as "Mr. Hustle."

After his professional soccer career ended in 1983, Crossley remained active in the sport, coaching at the collegiate level and running an indoor soccer facility in Seattle.

He is survived by his wife, Diana; a daughter, Nicola Crossley-Raivel, of Baltimore, and two sons, Bradley Crossley, of Baltimore, and Ethan Crossley, of Seattle.

Funeral arrangements are not complete.

Pub Date: 3/14/96

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