American Soccer League (1975)
Born: January 16, 1975 – ASL expansion franchise.
Folded: Postseason 1975.
Owner: William Renton
The Pittsburgh Miners were a 2nd Division soccer club that competed in the American Soccer League in the summer of 1975. The club had a miserable season, winning just one of 20 matches (1-16-3). Coal executive William Renton of Cleveland owned the Miners.
The Miners’ roster was composed entirely of American players. Among the best was Pennsylvania native and Pitt grad Joe Luxbacher, the Miners’ leading scorer with six goals. He would later play for the Pittsburgh Spirit of the Major Indoor Soccer League, before becoming head coach at his alma mater in 1984. As of 2014, Luxbacher has coached the University of Pittsburgh soccer team for 31 seasons.
Miners home games were originally scheduled at Martorelli Stadium at North Hills High School. Midway through the season, the club shifted to a field in Mt. Lebanon, Pennsylvania. The team folded quietly at the end of the 1975 season.