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1974-1984 Vancouver Whitecaps

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Vancouver Whitecaps Media GuideNorth American Soccer League (1974-1984)

Born: December 11, 1973 – NASL expansion franchise.
Died: January 1985 – The Whitecaps cease operations.

Stadiums:

Arenas:

  • 1980-1981: Pacific Coliseum
  • 1981-1982: PNE Agrodome
  • 1983-1984: Pacific Coliseum

Team Colors:

Owners:

 

The original Vancouver Whitecaps were British Columbia’s beloved pro soccer club of the 1970’s and early 1980’s.  The club competed in the North American Soccer League from 1974 until 1984.  The ‘Caps also brought an attractive slate of international exhibitions to Vancouver, importing top foreign clubs such as Fluminense, Manchester City, Manchester United, Rangers and Roma for friendly matches and tournaments.  From 1980 to 1984, the Whitecaps played indoor soccer during the winter months.

Vancouver Whitecaps Media GuideOne of the NASL’s top clubs during the late 1970’s, the Whitecaps finest hour came at the conclusion of the 1979 season.  The Whitecaps dispatched the two-time defending champion New York Cosmos in the playoff semi-finals.  Then, on the Cosmos’ home ground at Giants Stadium in New Jersey, the Whitecaps beat the Tampa Bay Rowdies 2-1 in Soccer Bowl ’79 to capture their first and only title.  An estimated 100,000 fans gathered in downtown Vancouver for a parade to honor the team.

Midway through the 1983 season, the Whitecaps left their long-time home at Empire Stadium to move into the 60,000-seat B.C. Place stadium.  The team’s first game at B.C. Place on June 20, 1983 drew 60,342 fans, which set a Canadian pro soccer attendance record which would stand for three decades.

But attendance in the new dome dipped quickly and by the start of the 1984 season, original founder Herb Capozzi had turned over controlling interest in the team to oil millionaire Bob Carter.  Carter’s reign was an embarrassment.  With the club bleeding millions of dollars, Carter made noises about folding the club in the middle of the 1984 NASL season.  The ‘Caps would end up finishing out the year, knocked out in the playoff semi-finals by the Chicago Sting.  While the ‘Caps were playing out what would be their final games in late 1984, Carter was busy getting himself into hot water for lurid S&M hijinks with a pair of underage prostitutes.

Deep in debt, and with the rest of the NASL collapsing around it, the Whitecaps declared bankruptcy in January 1985 and went out of business.  The Whitecaps name was revived in 2001 and the “new” Whitecaps now compete in Major League Soccer.

 

==Slideshow==

 

 

 

==Vancouver Whitecaps Programs on Fun While It Lasted==

Season Date Opponent Score Program Other

1974

1974 7/7/1974 vs. St. Louis Stars W 2-1 (SO) Program

1975

1975 5/28/1975 @ New York Cosmos W 1-0 Program
1975 7/3/1975 @ Portland Timbers  L 2-1 Program

1976

1976 5/16/1976 @ San Jose Earthquakes L 2-0 Program
1976 5/19/1976 vs. Rangers T 2-2 Program
1976 7/7/1976 vs. San Jose Earthquakes L 1-0 Program
1976 7/27/1976 vs. Borussia Moenchengladbach W 4-3 Program

1977

1977 4/8/1977 vs. Portland Timbers  L 1-0 Program
1977 6/30/1977 vs. New York Cosmos W 5-3 Program
1977 7/5/1977 vs. Seattle Sounders W 1-0 Program

1978

1978 6/22/1978 vs. Tulsa Roughnecks W 5-1 Program
1978 8/12/1978 @ Portland Timbers  L 1-0 Program

1979

1979 3/30/1979 vs. Dallas Tornado L 2-0 (SO) Program
1979 6/10/1979 @ Minnesota Kicks L 1-0 Program
1979 7/15/1979 @ New York Cosmos W 4-2 Program
1979 8/18/1979 vs. Dallas Tornado W 2-1 Program
1979 9/8/1979 Tampa Bay Rowdies W 2-1 Program

1980

1980 5/21/1980 vs. A.S. Roma T 1-1 Program
1980 5/24/1980 vs. Manchester City W 5-0 Program Video
1980 6/29/1980 vs. New York Cosmos L 3-0 Program
1980 7/6/1980 vs. Rochester Lancers L 3-1 Program

1981

1981 4/18/1981 @ Portland Timbers  W 2-1 (OT) Program
1981 5/11/1981 vs. West Bromwich Albion W 2-1 Program
1981 6/3/1981 vs. Manchester City W 2-0 Program
1981 6/6/1981 vs. Calgary Boomers L 3-2 (SO) Program
1981 6/29/1981 vs. Napoli T 1-1 Program
1981 7/12/1981 @ Chicago Sting L 2-1 (OT) Program
1981 7/15/1981 vs. Sparta Rotterdam W 4-0 Program
1981 8/12/1981 vs. Seattle Sounders W 5-0 Program
1981 8/19/1981 vs. San Jose Earthquakes W 3-1 Program
1981 8/26/1981 vs. Tampa Bay Rowdies L 1-0 Program
1981 10/11/1981 @ Nottingham Forest T 2-2 Program 1
1981 10/11/1981  @ Nottingham Forest T 2-2 Program 2

1982

1982 3/23/1982 vs. Borussia Moenchengladbach ?? Program
1982 6/19/1982 @ Chicago Sting W 3-2 (Shootout) Program
1982 6/23/1982 @ New York Cosmos L 3-2 Program

1983

1983 6/20/1983 vs. Seattle Sounders W 2-1 Program
1983 8/6/1983 vs. Seattle Sounders L 2-1 Program
1983 9/8/1983 vs. Toronto Blizzard W 1-0 Program

1983-84 (Indoor)

1983-84 12/30/1983 @ Chicago Sting L 7-3 Program
1983-84 1/13/1984 @ Chicago Sting L 4-3 (OT) Program

1984

1984 5/20/1984 @ New York Cosmos L 2-1 Program
1984 5/23/1984 vs. Golden Bay Earthquakes W 5-3 Program
1984 5/27/1984 vs. Ajax L 2-1 Program
1984 6/6/1984 vs. Fluminense W 3-1 Program
1984 6/27/1984 vs. Chicago Sting W 1-0 Program
1984 8/29/1984 @ New York Cosmos L 2-1 Program
1984 9/18/1984 @ Chicago Sting W 1-0 (OT) Program
1984 9/23/1984 vs. Chicago Sting L 3-1 Program

 

==Key Players==

 

==In Memoriam==

Alan Ball (Whitecaps ’79-’80) died April 25, 2007 of a heart attack while fighting a fire in his home. Daily Telegraph obituary.

Former Whitecaps GM Peter Bridgwater (’79-’83) passed away from cancer on June 21, 2005.  Soccer America obituary.

Whitecaps founder and long-time owner Herb Capozzi died of cancer on November 21, 2011 at age 86.

 

==YouTube==

The Whitecaps vs. Montreal Manic at Olympic Stadium in Montreal. August 1, 1981

 

==Links==

North American Soccer League Media Guides

North American Soccer League Programs

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February 16th, 2015 at 4:19 am

March 17, 1984 – Cleveland Force vs. Pittsburgh Spirit

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Dave MacKenzie Pittsburgh SpiritCleveland Force vs. Pittsburgh Spirit
March 17, 1984
Richfield Coliseum
Attendance: 19,048

Major Indoor Soccer League Programs

 

Cleveland-Pittsburgh isn’t just a great rivalry in the NFL.  Back in the early 1980’s, the two cities had a fierce rivalry in indoor soccer, of all things.  The Pittsburgh Spirit, owned by Pittsburgh Penguins boss Edward DeBartolo Sr., were relatively popular, claiming similar crowds to the pre-Lemieux Pens.  Meanwhile, after several glum years at the box office, the Cleveland Force became a late-blooming hit, packing huge crowds into the Richfield Coliseum by 1983.

The Spirit-Force rivalry burned hottest during the 1983-84 season. Both clubs were virtually unbeatable at home and the two teams stayed neck-and-neck in the Eastern Division of the Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL) throughout the winter.  Together with a third Eastern Division foe, the Baltimore Blast, the trio were easily the three best clubs in the MISL.

The standing room-only crowd of 19,048 was a regular season record for the Cleveland Force and the 5th largest crowd in history for the MISL at the time.  The home town fans would go home disappointed.  Ian Sybis netted a hat trick for Pittsburgh and Polish defender Adam Topolski added a goal and three assists en route to a 6-4 win for the visitors.

The Force would take their revenge in the postseason.  The clubs finished with near identical records.  Pittsburgh in 2nd place at 32-16 (19-5 at home) and Cleveland right behind at 31-17 (18-6 at home).  But in the quarterfinal playoffs, the Force easily dispatched the Spirit 3 games to 1 in a best-of-five series.

The Cleveland-Pittsburgh soccer rivalry dissolved when the Pittsburgh Spirit went out of business in April 1986.  The Cleveland Force followed two years, shutting down in July 1988.

 

==Links==

Cleveland Force Home Page

Pittsburgh Spirit Home Page

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February 15th, 2015 at 2:27 pm

1971-1985 New York Cosmos

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New York Cosmos YearbookNorth American Soccer League (1971-1984)
Major Indoor Soccer League (1984-1985)

Born: December 10, 1970 – NASL expansion franchise.
Died: 1985 – The Cosmos cease operations.

Stadiums:

Arenas:

Team Colors:

Owners:

  • 1971-1984: Warner Communications (Steve Ross, et al.)
  • 1984-1985: Giorgio Chinaglia, et al.

 

 

 

==Slideshow==

  • New York Cosmos Program
  • 1973 New York Cosmos Media Guide
  • 1974 New York Cosmos Media Guide
  • New York Cosmos Program
  • 1976 New York Cosmos Media Guide
  • 1975 KICK Magazine – Pele, New York Cosmos
  • 1977 New York Cosmos Yearbook
  • Cosmos vs. Lazio
  • 1977 New York Cosmos Media Guide
  • Pele New York Cosmos
  • Shep Messing New York Cosmos
  • Rochester Lancers vs. Toronto Metros-Croatia. NASL Quarterfinals. August 13, 1977
  • Pele New York Cosmos
  • Seattle Sounders vs. Toronto Metros-Croatia. April 15, 1978
  • Chelsea (UK) vs. New York Cosmos. September 26, 1978
  • Mark Liveric with the New York Cosmos, circa 1979
  • Franz Beckenbauer New York Cosmos
  • Carlos Alberto. 1970’s New York Cosmos publicity photo
  • Seattle Sounders vs. San Jose Earthquakes. May 12, 1979
  • Franz Beckenbauer New York Cosmos
  • Chicago Sting vs. San Diego Sockers. August 25, 1979
  • 1979 Johan Neeskens PR Photo
  • Wim Rijsbergen – Cosmos PR Photo
  • Ricky Davis, New York Cosmos
  • New York Cosmos vs. Dallas Tornado. NASL Playoffs. September 7, 1980
  • Franz Beckenbauer New York Cosmos
  • Giorgio Chinaglia New York Cosmos
  • 1981 New York Cosmos Media Guide
  • Vladislav Bogicevic – New York Cosmos Publicity Photo
  • Vancouver Whitecaps vs. Tampa Bay Rowdies. August 26, 1981
  • Giorgio Chinaglia New York Cosmos
  • Steve Wegerle New York Cosmos
  • New York Cosmos Program
  • 1982 KICK Magazine – Vladislav Bogicevic, New York Cosmos
  • Roberto Cabanas New York Cosmos
  • Steve Moyers New York Cosmos
  • 1984 New York Cosmos Media Guide
  • Rick Davis during the Cosmos’ glory days. Circa 1980
  • Roberto Cabanas New York Cosmos
  • New York Cosmos Program
  • 1984-85 New York Cosmos Media Guide
  • David Brcic New York Cosmos
  • New York Cosmos 20th Reunion Doubleheader. July 21, 1991

 

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

Season Date Opponent Score Program Other

1971

1971 4/17/1971 @ St. Louis Stars W 2-1 Program
1971 6/5/1971 @ Dallas Tornado L 2-0  Program
1971 6/9/1971 vs. Rochester Lancers W 4-2 Program Game Notes

1974

1974 3/18/1974 @ Philadelphia Atoms L 5-3 Program
1974 5/12/1974 vs. Miami Toros T 1-1 Program Roster
1974 5/22/1974 @ Philadelphia Atoms L 1-0 Program
1974 7/21/1974 vs. Seattle Sounders W 2-1 Program Game Notes
1974 7/28/1974 vs. Toronto Metros W 3-2 (SO) Program

1975

1975 4/30/1975 vs. Miami Toros L 3-2 Program
1975 5/3/1975 @ Tampa Bay Rowdies L 1-0 Program
1975 5/7/1975 vs. Baltimore Comets W 5-1 Program
1975 5/28/1975 vs. Vancouver Whitecaps L 1-0 Program
1975 6/4/1975 vs. Hartford Bicentennials W 2-1 Program
1975 6/27/1975 @ Rochester Lancers W 3-0 Program
1975 7/9/1975 vs. Boston Minutemen W 3-1 Program Game Notes
1975 7/23/1975 vs. San Jose Earthquakes W 2-1 (SO) Game Notes
1975 7/27/1975 @ Dallas Tornado L 3-2 Program
1975 8/6/1975 vs. Boston Minutemen W 1-0 Program

1976

1976 4/9/1976 @ Seattle Sounders W 3-1 Program
1976 5/19/1976 @ Boston Minutemen W 2-1 Program
1976 6/9/1976 @ Minnesota Kicks  W 2-1 Program Video
1976 6/18 1976 vs. Toronto Metros-Croatia W 3-0 Program Game Notes

1977

1977 4/2/1977 vs. Victory Sportif (Haiti) W 9-0 Program Game Notes
1977 5/11/1977 @ Chicago Sting  W 2-1 Program
1977 5/15/1977 vs. Fort Lauderdale Strikers W 3-0 Program
1977 6/1/1977 vs. Lazio W 3-2 Program
1977 6/30/1977 @ Vancouver Whitecaps L 5-3 Program Game Notes
1977 7/15/1977 @ Rochester Lancers L 1-0 (SO) Program
1977 8/6/1977 @ Washington Diplomats L 2-1 Program
1977 8/10/1977 vs. Tampa Bay Rowdies W 3-0 Program Game Notes
1977 8/28/1977 Seattle Sounders W 2-1 Program
1977 10/1/1977 vs. Santos F.C. W 2-1 Program

1978

1978 5/24/1978 @ Memphis Rogues L 1-0 Program
1978 6/13/1978 @ Minnesota Kicks W 4-2 Program
1978 6/28/1978 vs. Los Angeles Aztecs  W 2-1 Program Game Notes
1978 9/26/1978 @ Chelsea T 1-1 Program

1979

1979 3/25/1979 Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara  T 2-2 Program Game Notes
1979 3/28/1979 @ California Surf W 3-2 Program
1979 4/14/1979 @ Atlanta Chiefs  W 3-2 (SO) Program Game Notes
1979 4/29/1979 vs. Philadelphia Fury  W 4-2 Program Game Notes
1979 5/6/1979 vs. Houston Hurricane W 3-0 Program Game Notes
1979 6/3/1979 vs. Toronto Blizzard W 3-1 Program Game Notes
1979 6/10/1979 vs. Dallas Tornado W 4-1 Program Game Notes
1979 6/20/1979 @ Minnesota Kicks L 3-2 Program
1979 6/24/1979 vs. New England Tea Men  W 1-0  Program Game Notes
1979 7/7/1979 @ New England Tea Men W 2-1 Program
1979 7/15/1979 vs. Vancouver Whitecaps L 4-2 Program Game Notes
1979 7/29/1979 vs. San Jose Earthquakes W 5-0 Program Game Notes

1980

1980 4/5/1980 @ Houston Hurricane W 4-3 (SO) Program Game Notes
1980 4/9/1980 @ Fort Lauderdale Strikers L 4-1 Program Game Notes
1980 4/13/1980 vs. Minnesota Kicks W 2-1 (SO)  Program Game Notes
1980 4/20/1980 vs. Tampa Bay Rowdies W 4-2 Program
1980 4/26/1980 @ Tulsa Roughnecks L 2-1 Program Game Notes
1980 5/4/1980 vs. Dallas Tornado  W 2-0 Program Game Notes
1980 6/1/1980 @ Washington Diplomats W 2-1 (SO) Program Game Notes
1980 6/14/1980 @ Tampa Bay Rowdies L 4-3 (SO) Program
1980 6/16/1980 @ New England Tea Men L 2-1 (OT)  Program Game Notes
1980 6/29/1980 @ Vancouver Whitecaps W 3-0 Program
1980 7/2/1980 vs. Toronto Blizzard  W 3-1 Program Game Notes
1980 7/16/1980 @ Philadelphia Fury L 2-1 Program
1980 7/23/1980 vs. San Diego Sockers W 5-0 Program
1980 8/7/1980 vs. Edmonton Drillers W 3-2 (OT) Program Game Notes
1980 8/9/1980 @ Seattle Sounders W 1-0 Program
1980 8/31/1980 vs. Tulsa Roughnecks W 8-1 Program
1980 9/7/1980 vs. Dallas Tornado L 3-0 (Win MG) Program
1980 9/10/1980 @ Los Angeles Aztecs W 2-1 Program
1980 9/21/1980 Fort Lauderdale Strikers W 3-0 Program
1980 9/24/1980 vs. NASL Select Team L 3-2 Program Game Notes

1981

1981 4/4/1981 @ Jacksonville Tea Men L 2-1 (SO) Program Game Notes
1981 4/18/1981  @ Dallas Tornado W 3-0 Program Game Notes
1981 5/25/1981 vs. Dallas Tornado W 5-1 Program Game Notes
1981 6/2/1981 @ Montreal Manic W 2-1 (OT) Program Game Notes
1981 6/14/1981 vs. Toronto Blizzard W 4-3 Program Game Notes
1981 6/21/1981 vs. Los Angeles Aztecs W 3-0 Program Game Notes
1981 6/28/1981 @ Chicago Sting  L 6-5 (SO) Program Game Notes
1981 7/22/1981 vs. Montreal Manic W 5-4 (SO) Program Game Notes
1981 8/12/1981 vs. Washington Diplomats W 4-2 Program Game Notes
1981 8/16/1981 vs. Montreal Manic W 2-1 Program Game Notes
1981 8/19/1981 @ Toronto Blizzard L 2-1 (SO) Program Game Notes
1981 9/26/1981 @ Chicago Sting  L 1-0 (SO) Program Game Notes

1981-82 (Indoor)

1981-82 1/23/1982 @ Chicago Sting  L 6-3 Program
1981-82 1/26/1982 vs. Toronto Blizzard W 7-4 Program Game Notes
1981-82 2/9/1982 vs. Chicago Sting  W 9-6 Program Game Notes

1982

1982 4/4/1982 vs. National Team of Peru W 5-1 Program Game Notes
1982 4/10/1982 @ Jacksonville Tea Men W 3-2 Program Game Notes
1982 4/24/1982 @ Chicago Sting  W 3-1 Program Game Notes
1982 5/12/1982 @ San Diego Sockers W 2-1 Program Game Notes
1982 5/23/1982 vs. Fort Lauderdale Strikers  W 3-2 Program Game Notes
1982 6/8/1982 vs. A.C. Milan W 1-0 Program Scorecard/Roster
1982 6/12/1982 @ Tampa Bay Rowdies W 2-0 Program Game Notes
1982 6/18/1982 @ Montreal Manic  L 3-2 Program Game Notes
1982 6/23/1982 vs. Vancouver Whitecaps W 3-2 Program Game Notes
1982 6/27/1982 vs. Edmonton Drillers  W 3-1 Program Game Notes
1982 7/10/1982 @ Chicago Sting  W 2-1 Program
1982 7/25/1982 vs. San Diego Sockers W 2-1 (OT) Program Game Notes
1982 7/28/1982 vs. San Jose Earthquakes  W 2-1 Program
1982 8/11/1982 vs. Toronto Blizzard L 4-1 Program Game Notes
1982 8/15/1982 vs. Chicago Sting  W 3-1 Program Game Notes
1982 8/20/1982 @ Montreal Manic L 3-1 Program Game Notes
1982 8/25/1982 vs. Tulsa Roughnecks  W 5-0 Program Game Notes
1982 9/1/1982 vs. Tulsa Roughnecks W 1-0 Program Game Notes
1982 9/5/1982 vs. San Diego Sockers W 2-1 Program Game Notes
1982 9/8/1982 @ San Diego Sockers W 2-1 (OT) Program
1982 9/18/1982 Seattle Sounders W 1-0 Program  Media Guide

1983

1983 4/24/1983 @ Toronto Blizzard L 2-1 Program
1983 5/4/1983 @ Fort Lauderdale Strikers L 4-1 Program Game Notes
1983 5/11/1983 @ Seattle Sounders W 3-0 Program Game Notes
1983 5/21/1983 @ Tulsa Roughnecks W 2-1 Program Game Notes
1983 5/25/1983 vs. Golden Bay Earthquakes W 5-1 Program Game Notes
1983 6/17/1983 @ Team America L 2-1 (SO) Game Notes
1983 7/6/1983 vs. Team America W 4-0 Program Game Notes
1983 7/20/1983 vs. Seattle Sounders W 4-3 (SO) Program Game Notes
1983 7/30/1983 @ Chicago Sting  L 2-1  Program  Game Notes
1983 8/3/1983 vs. San Diego Sockers W 3-1 Program Game Notes
1983 8/10/1983 @ Team America W 2-1 Program
1983 8/14/1983 vs. Montreal Manic W 3-0 Game Notes
1983 8/16/1983 @ Toronto Blizzard W 1-0 (OT) Program Game Notes

1983-84 (Indoor)

1983-84 11/20/1983 vs. Chicago Sting  W 4-2 Program Game Notes
1983-84 12/26/1983 @ Chicago Sting  W 4-3 Program

1984

1984 5/13/1984 vs. Tampa Bay Rowdies W 1-0 Program Game Notes
1984 5/20/1984 vs. Vancouver Whitecaps W 2-1 Program Game Notes
1984 5/26/1984  @ Tampa Bay Rowdies L 3-2 (SO) Game Notes
1984 6/9/1984 vs. Chicago Sting  L 5-0 Program Game Notes
1984 6/17/1984 vs. Toronto Blizzard W 2-1 Program Game Notes
1984 6/22/1984 @ Chicago Sting  W 2-1  Program Game Notes
1984 7/22/1984 vs. World All-Stars L 3-1 Program Game Notes
1984 7/25/1984 vs. San Diego Sockers W 3-1 Game Notes
1984 8/15/1984 vs. San Diego Sockers  W 2-0 Program Game Notes
1984 8/19/1984 vs. Minnesota Strikers L 4-3 (OT) Program Game Notes
1984 8/29/1984 vs. Vancouver Whitecaps W 2-1 Program Game Notes
1984 9/12/1984 vs. Golden Bay Earthquakes L 1-0 Program Game Notes
1984 9/15/1984 @ Chicago Sting  L 1-0 Program

1984-85 (Indoor)

1984-85 12/14/1984 @ Chicago Sting L 5-4 Program
1984-85 12/22/1984 @ Los Angeles Lazers W 5-2 Program
1984-85 12/28/1984 @ Wichita Wings L 7-5 Program
1984-85 1/12/1985 vs. Minnesota Strikers W 4-3 Program Game Notes
1984-85 2/9/1985 @ Los Angeles Lazers L 7-3 Program

 

==Key Players==

 

 

==YouTube==

Trailer for Once In A Lifetime: The Extraordinary Story of the New York Cosmos

 

 

==In Memoriam==

Former Cosmos head coach Hennes Weisweiler, who managed the club from 1980-1982, passed away on July 5, 1983.  He was 63.

Cosmos founder/owner & Warner Communications CEO Steve Ross passed away on December 20, 1992 from prostate cancer at 65.

Julio Mazzei, who helped bring Pele to America in 1975 and later coached the Cosmos in the 1980’s, died on May 10, 2009 at age 78.

Ex-Cosmos player/owner Giorgio Chinaglia, the NASL’s all-time leading scorer, died on April 1, 2012 at age 65.

 

 

==Downloads==

1973 New York Cosmos Season Ticket Brochure

June 1978 New York Cosmos Travel Itinerary – Minnesota

March 25, 1979 Cosmos vs. Estudiantes Tecos Game Program

June 11, 1979 – Cosmos Sign Dutch Star Johan Neeskens Press Release

August 31, 1980 – Pele to Don #10 Again in Beckenbauer Farewell Press Release

1982 New York Cosmos Soccer Bowl Press Kit

November 20, 1983 Cosmos Sign Dan Canter Press Release

 

 ==Links==

North American Soccer League Media Guides

North American Soccer League Programs

Major Indoor Soccer League Media Guides

Major Indoor Soccer League Programs

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January 24, 1987 – Los Angeles Strikers vs. Minnesota Strikers

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David Brcic Los Angeles LazersLos Angeles Lazers vs. Minnesota Strikers
January 24, 1987
The Forum
Attendance: 6,454

Major Indoor Soccer League Programs
32 pages

 

Two of the lesser lights from the old Major Indoor Soccer League met at The Forum in L.A. on this winter night in January 1987 when the Los Angeles Lazers hosted the Minnesota Strikers.  Both clubs were bankrolled by illustrious Major League team owners, with Dr. Jerry Buss (L.A. Lakers & Kings) backing the Lazers and Joe Robbie (Miami Dolphins) propping up the Strikers.

Whatever combination of business acumen or good fortune that led Buss and Robbie to collect NBA world championship and Super Bowl trophies, it never carried over to either man’s investments in pro soccer.  Buss’ Lazers routinely had the worst attendance in the MISL, but the real estate investor seemed content to fund the Lazers (and other minor arena sports at the Forum) as a sort of sports management academy for his children.  Robbie’s Strikers enjoyed some popularity as an outdoor soccer team in Fort Lauderdale in the late 1970’s, but the luster wore off when he moved the team to Minnesota and switched to the indoor game in 1984.  Robbie was bleeding millions in Minneapolis and was less able to stick things out in the MISL than Buss – Robbie’s resources were stretched by the need to privately finance the construction of Joe Robbie Stadium for the Dolphins in Miami.

Alan Willey Minnesota StrikersIn the first weeks of 1987, the Lazers were en route to their third last place finish in five years of existence.  Strangely, the team had never changed coaches, sticking with original hire Peter Wall even after a lifeless 13-35 campaign in 1985-86.  This match against Minnesota would turn out to be the night that finally cost Wall his job.  The Lazers had lost 13 of 16, including a humiliating shutout (the first in club history) the night before in Dallas.

Minnesota’s English sniper Alan Willey notched a hat trick in the first half as the Strikers leapt out to an early lead.  Chris Dangerfield, Hector Marinaro and Mike Jeffries piled on the second half and Minnesota won the game 6-4.  The Lazers dropped to 6-14 on the season and the Buss family finally relieved Wall a few days later.

Wall’s replacement, a recently retired player named Keith Tozer, would go on to become the all-time winningest coach in indoor soccer history.  But that winning wouldn’t benefit the Lazers much – the team never won another playoff game before folding in June of 1989.  The Strikers, meanwhile, went on to play in the MISL championship series in the spring of 1987 (their only good indoor season turned out to be a great one), but nearly folded anyway because of financial problems.  They ended up hanging on for one more season thanks to a “Save Our Strikers” season ticket campaign, but folded for good in June of 1988.

 

==Links==

Los Angeles Lazers Home Page

Minnesota Strikers Home Page

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September 15th, 2014 at 3:14 am

1993-2001 Sacramento Knights

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Sacramento KnightsContinental Indoor Soccer League (1993-1997)
Premier Soccer Alliance (1998)
World Indoor Soccer League (1999-2001)

Born: 1992 – CISL founding franchise.
Died: 2001 – The Knights cease operations

Arena: ARCO Arena (10,630)

Team Colors: Black, Silver, Orange & Blue

Owners:

 

The Sacramento Knights were an indoor soccer team that played for nearly a decade under the management of successive ownership groups of the NBA’s Sacramento Kings franchise.  The basic details of this club are mostly indistinguishable from hundreds of other defunct teams here on FWIL – team forms, muddles along in obscurity for several years and then is quietly euthanized.  So before running through those mundane details, I’ll just tell you the strangest thing in the Knights file:

Ex-Knights General Manager Hubert Rotteveel, once a member of UCLA’s 1985 national champion soccer team, became a bank robber after the demise of the Knights.  And not a great one.  On June 30, 2010, a bike helmet and spandex-clad Rotteveel robbed two Sacramento area banks with a BB gun.  He was caught cycling away from the second bank when the dye pack in his loot exploded in front of a patrol car.  Rotteveel, by most accounts a well-liked and respected executive during his soccer years, is eligible for release in 2014, but still faces additional fraud charges related his former real estate business.

Sacramento KnightsANYWAY … What happened to the Knights?  Original owner Jim Thomas purchased the club as a founding member of the Continental Indoor Soccer League in September 1992, a few months after he acquired control of the Kings.  The CISL, which existed from 1993 until 1997, initially attracted a number of NBA ownership groups besides Thomas and the Kings, but enthusiasm for the league and the sport of indoor soccer declined in the mid-1990’s.  NBA owners began to look to the new WNBA to fill summer dates in their arenas instead.  In addition to the Knights, the Sacramento Kings ownership also operated the WNBA’s Sacramento Monarchs during the summer months. Coincidentally or not, the debut season of the WNBA in 1997 also proved to be the final year for the CISL, which folded in December 1997.

The Knights did play on, however, joining several other CISL refuges in pair of lower-profile successor leagues starting in 1998.

When Thomas sold controlling interest in the Kings to Maloof Sports & Entertainment in 1999, the Knights were thrown in with the deal.  The Maloofs operated the Knights for three more seasons through 2001 before folding the team.

The Knights won the championship of the World Indoor Soccer League (WISL) in 1999.  They also appeared in the championship series – but lost – for the CISL in 1995 and the Premier Soccer Alliance in 1998.

 

==In Memoriam==

Former Knights Head Coach Keith Weller (1994-1997) died of cancer on November 12, 2004 at age 58.

 

==Links==

Continental Indoor Soccer League Media Guides

Continental Indoor Soccer League Programs

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September 7th, 2014 at 2:21 am