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1967-1972 Atlanta Chiefs

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Atlanta ChiefsNational Professional Soccer League (1967)
North American Soccer League (1968-1972)

Born: 1966 – NPSL founding franchise
Re-Branded: 1973 (Atlanta Apollos)

Stadiums:

Team Colors: Red, White & Blue

Owners: Atlanta Braves, Inc. (William Bartholomay, et al.)

NPSL Championships: None
NASL Champions: 1968

 

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Atlanta Chiefs Memorabilia

 

Links

National Professional Soccer League Programs

North American Soccer League Media Guides

North American Soccer League Programs

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1967-1969 Baltimore Bays

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Baltimore Bays SoccerNational Professional Soccer League (1967)
North American Soccer League (1968-1969)

Born: 1967 – NPSL founding franchise.
Folded: September 24, 1969.

Stadiums:

Team Colors: Gold & Red

Owner: Jerold Hoffberger, et al.

 

The original Baltimore Bays were a short-lived pro soccer team that was owned and operated by the Baltimore Orioles of Major League Baseball.  Orioles owner Jerold Hoffberger was one of ten founding members of the National Professional Soccer League in 1967.  The NPSL was an effort to capitalize on moderate American interest in the 1966 World Cup, which was broadcast on U.S. television for the first time.  The league featured a number of heavy hitter owners from Major League Baseball and the NFL, including the Hoffberger, the Rooney family in Pittsburgh, Bill Bartholomay in Atlanta and Los Angeles Rams’ owner Dan Reeves.

The Bays won the NPSL’s Eastern Division with a 14-9-9 record.  Defender Badu DaCruz, midfielder Juan Santisteban and forward Art Welch were named to the All-NPSL 1st Team.  The Bays advanced to the two-leg NPSL championship series against the Western Division champion Oakland Clippers.  The Bays won the first match 1-0 at home before 16,619 fans at Memorial Stadium on September 3, 1967.  But they were stomped 4-1 in the second leg in Oakland on September 9th and lost the series 4-2 on aggregate.

Baltimore Bays NPSLFollowing the 1967 season, the NPSL merged with the rival United Soccer Association to form the 17-club North American Soccer League (NASL).  The Bays dipped to 13-16-3 and missed the playoffs in their second season.

The NASL collapsed in late 1968 as investors lost hope in soccer’s potential with the American audience.  The 17-team membership shrank to just five clubs for the 1969 campaign.  The Bays were one of the five survivors, but they gave up on 50,000-seat Memorial Stadium, where the club averaged only around 5,000 fans for its first two seasons.  The Bays would play their final season at Kirk Field, a high school football oval in Northeast Baltimore.

With the league in disarray, the 1969 season was split into two sections.  The first section – dubbed the “International Cup” – saw the NASL import five top shelf English clubs to represent the five remaining NASL cities.  During the International Cup, the “Baltimore Bays” were actually West Ham United, featuring Geoff Hurst and Bobby Moore, two of the great stars of England’s 1966 World Cup championship team.  West Ham went 5-2-1 masquerading as the Bays in the round robin tournament and finished 2nd to the “Kansas City Spurs” (who were actually Wolverhampton Wanderers).

For the second half of the 1969 season, the Brits went home and the NASL clubs re-grouped with actual rosters of their own players.  The real1 record.  The club folded shortly after the 1969 season ended, having lost over a million dollars in three years for the Baltimore Orioles.

A lower-budget reboot of the Bays appeared for one season in the 2nd division American Soccer League in 1973, hosted a couple of international exhibitions against British and Mexican opponents, and then quietly vanished after one season.

 

==Baltimore Bays Programs on Fun While It Lasted==

Season Date Opponent Score Program Other

1967

1967 5/24/1967 @ New York Generals T 0-0 Program
1967 9/3/1967 vs. Oakland Clippers W 1-0 Program
1967 9/9/1967 @ Oakland Clippers L 4-1 Program

1968

1968 4/21/1968 vs. Oakland Clippers T 0-0 Program
1968 5/1/1968 @ New York Generals L 2-1 Program
1968 5/29/1968 vs. Washington Whips Rained Out Program
1968 6/19/1968 vs. Atlanta Chiefs W 2-0 Program
1968 7/20/1968 vs. Detroit Cougars W 3-1 Program
1968 8/13/1968 @ Washington Whips L 2-1 Program

 

==Links==

North American Soccer League Media Guides

North American Soccer League Programs

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1967-1968 New York Generals

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National Professional Soccer League (1967)
North American Soccer League (1968)

Born: 1966 – NPSL founding franchise
Folded: February 18, 1969

Stadium: Yankee Stadium (67,000)

Team Colors: Hunter Green & Gold

Owners:

 

This early pro soccer entry in New York City began life in the aftermath of the 1966 World Cup, the first to be televised in the United States.  The Cup sparked a low boil gold rush to establish a proper national soccer league in the United States in 1967, with three groups competing for the honor.  Two rival leagues emerged from the negotiations.  The National Professional Soccer League (NPSL) got the all-important television contract with CBS.  The United Soccer Association (USA) received the all-important sanctioning from FIFA, which branded the NPSL as an outlaw league and threatened sanctions against players who signed with the league.

The New York Generals were originally owned jointly by broadcaster RKO General, the owner of New York’s WOR-TV Channel 9, and Wall Street investment banker Peter Elser.  The Generals played their home matches at Yankee Stadium – as did the New York Skyliners, the local entry from the rival United Soccer Association, owned by Madison Square Garden Corporation.

The Generals debuted at Yankee Stadium on April 22, 1967 against the Chicago Spurs.  A crowd of 7,766 saw the Generals triumph 2-1 thanks to goals by Luis Menotti (Argentina) and Adilson Silveira (Brazil), a pair of South Americans who joined the club just one day earlier.  For the 1967 season, the Generals finished in third place in their division at 11-13-8.

The Generals’ matches were poorly attended.  The club’s fifth home game against the California Clippers on May 27, 1967 attracted just 3,027 to Yankee Stadium on a Saturday afternoon.  Attendance was poor throughout the league and in the rival United Soccer Association as well.  In December 1967, the NPSL and the USA merged to form the North American Soccer League.   The original merger plan called for the Generals and the Skyliners to merge and form a single New York franchise for the 1968 season.   This hit a snag when RKO General decided to pull its support in January 1968.  Instead, Peter Elser decided to recruit new partners and continue the Generals on his own.  The Skyliners folded.

The highlight of the 1968 season was a July 12th visit from Santos F.C. of Brazil and their superstar striker PeleThe exhibition drew 15,645 to Yankee Stadium, with the Generals winning 5-3.  For the season, the Generals posted a winning record of 12-8-12 but again failed to qualify for postseason play.

The pro soccer bubble burst in the winter of 1968, as CBS terminated its TV contract and the NASL membership dropped from 17 clubs to just 5.  The Generals pulled the plug in February 1969, citing new league chief Phil Woosnam’s plan to import touring foreign teams to represent league cities in 1969 (a model used by the United Soccer Association in 1967) rather than allow each club to assemble its own roster.

Pro soccer returned to New York City two years later with the formation of the NASL’s New York Cosmos in 1971, a club that would captivate New York and northern New Jersey during the late 1970’s.

Notable players who wore the Generals green & gold included Menotti, who later coached Argentina to victory in the 1978 World Cup, and long-time Ajax star Co Prins.

 

==New York Generals Programs on Fun While It Lasted==

Season Date Opponent Score Program Other

1967

1967 4/22/1967 vs. Chicago Spurs W 2-1 Program
1967 5/24/1967 vs. Baltimore Bays T 0-0 Program
1967 6/28/1967 @ Philadelphia Spartans ?? Program
1967 7/9/1967 vs. Chicago Spurs ?? Program
1967 8/6/1967 vs. Pittsburgh Phantoms W 3-1 Program
1967 8/12/1967 vs. California Clippers ?? Program
1967 8/26/1967 vs. Philadelphia Spartans ?? Program

1968

1968 4/21/1968 vs. Toronto Falcons ?? Program
1968   5/1/1968 vs. Baltimore Bays W 2-1 Program
1968 6/14/1968 @ Washington Whips ?? Program
1968 7/14/1968 vs. Chicago Mustangs W 4-3 Program Game Notes

 

==Key Players==

  • Cesar Luis Menotti
  • Co Prins

 

==Links==

National Professional Soccer League Programs

North American Soccer League Media Guides

North American Soccer League Programs

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