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Jim Tietjens
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Personal information
Full name James Arthur Paul Tietjens
Date of birth
Place of birth    St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Playing position Goalkeeper
Youth career
1978-1979 St. Louis Billikens
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
1980-1983
1983-1984
1984
1985
Fort Lauderdale Strikers
Kansas City Comets (indoor)
Fort Lauderdale Sun
South Florida Sun
02 0(0)
07 0(0)
23 0(0)
06 0(0)   

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only.
* Appearances (Goals)

Jim Tietjens is a retired American soccer goalkeeper who played professionally in the North American Soccer League, Major Indoor Soccer League and United Soccer League.

Tietjens graduated from Oakville High School. He then attended St. Louis University where he played on the men's soccer team from 1978 and 1979.[1] He was inducted into the Billikens Hall of Fame in 1995.[2] In 1980, he turned professional with the Fort Lauderdale Strikers of the North American Soccer League. He spent three season with the Strikers as a backup to Jan van Beveren except for two games during his rookie season when injuries put him in the nets.[3] He suffered a knee injury requiring surgergy during a February 1983 indoor tournament and remained a backup for the 1983 season. In November 1983, he signed with the Kansas City Comets of the Major Indoor Soccer League.[4] However, he lost much of the early season with a dislocated shoulder then served as a backup for the rest of the season. In May 1984, he signed with the Fort Lauderdale Sun of the United Soccer League. He led the league with the lowest goals against average.[5] He continued to play for the Sun, now known as the South Florida Sun in 1985. He had the second lowest goals against average.[6] When the team and the league collapsed after six games, Tietjens moved back to St. Louis where he worked for Rawling Sports.[7] In October 1991, Tietjens was diagnosed with a heart problem. In July 1992, Tietjens was given a life saving heart transplant.[8]

Yearly Awards

  • USL Top Goalkeeper: 1984

References

  1. ^ St. Louis University Soccer Records
  2. ^ St. Louis Billikens Hall of Fame
  3. ^ PATIENT TIETJENS GETS A SHOT IN GOAL TONIGHT Miami Herald, The (FL) - Saturday, July 31, 1982
  4. ^ MISL'S COMETS OBTAIN TIETJENS Miami Herald, The (FL) - Wednesday, November 23, 1983
  5. ^ The Year in American Soccer - 1984
  6. ^ The Year in American Soccer - 1985
  7. ^ SUN'S PLAYERS SPLIT PROFITS, THEN SIMPLY SPLIT Miami Herald, The (FL) - Saturday, July 6, 1985
  8. ^ Transplant helps brother, sister overcome hereditary heart problem

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