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Charlie Stillitano

Charlie Stillitano (Soccer.  Born, Elizabeth, NJ, Dec. 4, 1959.)  Vice president and general manager of the MetroStars for their first four seasons, Charles Stillitano is a former soccer player and coach turned executive who is also an attorney.  After a four-year career at Princeton, Stillitano played professionally with New York United in 1981.  From 1984-87, he was an assistant coach of Princeton’s men’s team and also attended Rutgers Law School, where he earned his degree in 1987.  After several years as a practicing lawyer, Stillitano returned to soccer full-time as venue director for World Cup 1994 games staged at Giants Stadium.  The success of these games led directly to his engagement by owners John Kluge and Stuart Subotnick to be the general manager of the MetroStars, the Major League Soccer club based in the Meadowlands which started play in 1996.  Stillitano was replaced as general manager after a disastrous 1999 season (7-25).  After his stint with the MetroStars, Stillitano became the C.E.O. of ChampionsWorld, a sports marketing consultancy.

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