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April 28, 1985 – Los Angeles Lazers vs. Baltimore Blast

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Los Angeles Lazers vs. Baltimore Blast
MISL Quarterfinal Playoffs, Game 3
April 28, 1985
The Forum
Attendance: 4,673

Major Indoor Soccer League Programs
60 pages

 

This is yet another pull from the huge collection of Los Angeles Lazers indoor soccer programs we picked up from a California sports museum earlier this month.  The third and final match of a best-of-five Major Indoor Soccer League quarterfinal playoff series between the Lazers and the defending champion Baltimore Blast at the Fabulous Forum.

Dave MacWilliams of the Blast was pictured on the cover of the Missile Magazine game program for this game and the choice was prophetic.  MacWilliams was the MISL’s leading American-born scorer during the 194-85 season and he netted a hat trick against the Lazers here in Game 3 to spark Baltimore to 5-4 win and a sweep of the best-of-five series.

Another notable player in this game was ,the Lazers’ 23-year old rookie goalkeeper Tim Harris, who drew the start for this win-or-go-home elimination match.  Harris was born in nearby Torrance and played collegiately at UCLA.  He earned one cap for the U.S. National Team in 1985, but he had the misfortune to come into pro soccer during a particularly grim period for the American game, just as the outdoor North American Soccer League was drawing its final breaths.  Harris played for five seasons, including three with the Lazers from 1984 to 1987.  During that time there was no national outdoor league and American players were not in demand overseas.  Indoor soccer was basically the only professional option for American players born in the early 1960′s like Harris.

The Lazers went out of business in 1989.  Several years later the club’s former owner, the late Dr. Jerry Buss, hired Harris to work in the front office for his NBA team, the Los Angeles Lakers.  Today Harris is the Chief Operating Officer of the Lakers.

 

 

==Downloads==

April 28, 1985 Baltimore Blast Roster

April 28, 1985 Los Angeles Lazers Roster

 

==Links==

Los Angeles Lazers Home Page

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Written by andycrossley

February 27th, 2014 at 12:26 am

November 20, 1983 – Los Angeles Lazers vs. Buffalo Stallions

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Los Angeles Lazers vs. Buffalo Stallions
November 20, 1983
The Forum
Attendance: 4,122

Major Indoor Soccer League Programs
52 pages

 

This 1983 MISSILE Magazine match program showed up in a large archive of pro soccer material we acquired last week from a down-sizing Los Angeles museum.  Right around the same time a woman named Elizabeth posted a fond reminiscence of the late Argentinean forward Carlos Salguero (1955-2006) on our Calgary Boomers home page.

Salguero played for Boca Juniors in the late 1970′s and then for a string of North American indoor and outdoor clubs from 1981 to 1992.  His greatest success came with the Buffalo Stallions of the Major Indoor Soccer League, where he scored 101 goals from 1981 to 1984.  He was the club’s all-time leading scorer.

In the late 1990′s Salguero returned to coach the Buffalo Blizzard of the indoor National Professional Soccer League for a single season.  He passed away from cancer at age 51 in December 2006.

I hope you enjoy this picture Elizabeth…

 

==Links==

Buffalo Stallions Home Page

Los Angeles Lazers Home Page

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Written by andycrossley

February 19th, 2014 at 12:31 am

November 5, 1982 – Los Angeles Lazers vs. Phoenix Inferno

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Los Angeles Lazers vs. Phoenix Inferno
November 5, 1982
The Forum
Attendance: 6,836

Major Indoor Soccer League Programs
48 pages

 

The four-year old Major Indoor Soccer League debuted in Los Angeles on this night in early November 1982.  Dr. Jerry Buss’ expansion Los Angeles Lazers club shared the familiar Purple & Gold color scheme of his L.A. NBA and NHL franchises.  Unfortunately, the Lazers acquitted themselves much more like the Kings than the Showtime Lakers during their seven season run.

The Lazers raced out to a 4-0 lead over the visiting Phoenix Inferno on goals by Poli Garcia, Don Tobin and a brace from Emilio Romero.  Garcia went on to become the Lazers’ all-time leading scorer.  Tobin went on to have the most remarkable hair in the league.  It was a thrilling introduction to the fast-paced sport of indoor soccer for the 6,836 on hand at the Forum.

The Lazers’ early scoring flurry was also a dose of false advertising by a team that would turn out to be the MISL’s worst.  The Lazers went on to lose their first nine matches 1982 and finished their inaugural season with a grim 8-40 record.  Buss’ club would place last in its division four times in seven years of existence.

In typical Lazers fashion, the team gave away the lead in the second half.  Down 5-4, Phoenix pulled goalkeeper Blagoje Tamindzic for an extra attacker with 1:38 remaining in regulation.  (One of many strategies that indoor soccer lifted from ice hockey).  30 seconds later Damir Sutevski pumped a shot past the Lazers’ Gary Allison to knot the score at 5-5.  Eight minutes into sudden death overtime, Sutevski struck again to hand the Inferno a 6-5 victory.

 

==Links==

Los Angeles Lazers Home Page

Phoenix Inferno Home Page

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Written by andycrossley

February 15th, 2014 at 1:42 pm

February 14, 1987 – Los Angeles Lazers vs. New York Express

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Los Angeles Express vs. New York Express
February 14, 1987
The Forum
Attendance: 3,293

Major Indoor Soccer League Programs
52 pages

 

Valentine’s Day 1987.  The end of the line for the Major Indoor Soccer League’s bankrupt New York Express expansion franchise.

The Long Island-based club was loaded with over-the-hill former New York Cosmos outdoor soccer stars such as Shep Messing (also club President and part-owner), Mark Liveric, Rick Davis and Hubert Birkenmeier.  The Express sputtered into L.A. with a record of 2-23 – the worst winning percentage in league history.  The team’s dubious business plan was even worse – it depended largely on the outcome a public stock offering.  The Express couldn’t interest people in buying tickets, let alone stock shares.

Three days before this match, the Los Angeles Lazers hosted the league All-Star Game at the Forum.  During the All-Star Break the Express revealed that they were on the verge of collapse and tapping emergency credit lines to make the player payroll.  The team’s staff weren’t so lucky - those that were left hadn’t been paid in a month.  You can read the full account of the club’s collapse here.

But on the carpet, this Valentine’s Day match has to be considered the Express’ finest hour.  They at least had a fighting chance against the Los Angeles Lazers.  At 6-18 and riding an eight-game losing skid, the Lazers were nearly as inept as the visiting New Yorkers.  The Angelenos were working under the direction of a new Head Coach, Keith Tozer, who replaced the fired Peter Wall a week earlier.  Tozer was early in his coaching career on this night, but he would go on to become the winningest coach in the history of the indoor game.

The hosts got out to a 4-1 lead, courtesy of a pair of goals from Zizinho and Stuart Lee.  But they blew it in the second half.  33-year old war horse Mark Liveric, playing for his 11th team in a vagabond career that included three separate stints with the Cosmos, scored two goals to spark the comeback.  Alex Tarnoczi got the late equalizer for New York to knot the score at 5-5 and send the match to overtime.  One minute into the sudden death period, Liveric beat another former Cosmos – Lazers goalkeeper David Brcic – to complete his hat trick and win the game for the Express.   It was the third (and last) win in franchise history and the only road victory.

The following day the Express drove three hours south to play their final match against the powerhouse San Diego Sockers.  You can watch it here.  They lost and dropped to 3-23.  It was the last game of Liveric’s pro career.  Two days later the league pulled the plug on the Express and the club folded without completing its debut season.

 

==Downloads==

2011 Fun While It Lasted interview with New York Express PR Director Micah Buchdahl.

 

==Links==

Los Angeles Lazers Home Page

New York Express Home Page

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Written by andycrossley

February 12th, 2014 at 3:45 am

1982-1989 Los Angeles Lazers

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Major Indoor Soccer League

Born: June 1982 – Major Indoor Soccer League expansion franchise
Died: June 5, 1989 – The Lazers cease operations.

Arena: The Forum (15,893)

Team Colors: White, Black, Purple & Gold

Owner: Dr. Jerry Buss

 

The Los Angeles Lazers were an indoor soccer franchise owned by Dr. Jerry Buss for seven seasons from 1982 to 1989.  Dr. Buss also owned the Los Angeles Lakers, the NHL’s Los Angeles Kings, and The Forum, the arena shared by all three teams during the winter.  The Lazers name and purple/yellow color scheme were a riff/brand extension on the Lakers identity.

As he did with other “minor league” investments, Dr. Buss entrusted the management of the Lazers to one of his children, in this case son Johnny Buss, who served as President for the club’s entire seven-year run.  The team never quite clicked on the field, recording only one winning season (1987-88) and the team fared very poorly at the box office, typically ranking among the league’s worst draws.  Beginning in 1985, Lazers matches were shown on basic cable in the Southern California region on Prime Ticket, an all-sports channel founded by Dr. Buss.


==Lazers Matches on Fun While It Lasted==

Season Date Opponent Score Program Other
1982-83 11/5/1982 vs. Phoenix Inferno L 6-5 (OT) Program
1982-83 11/10/1982 vs. New York Arrows L 5-2 Program
1982-83 11/17/1982 vs. Cleveland Force L 8-5 Program
1982-83 11/26/1982 vs. Chicago Sting L 8-6 Program
1982-83 11/30/1982 vs. Buffalo Stallions L 8-4 Program
1982-83 12/4/1982 vs. San Diego Sockers L 10-4 Program
1982-83 12/7/1982 vs. Memphis Americans w 5-4 (OT) Program
1982-83 12/10/1982 vs. Kansas City Comets L 6-5 (OT) Program
1982-83 12/18/1982 vs. Golden Bay Earthquakes W 4-2 Program
1982-83 12/28/1982 vs. New York Arrows W 5-4 (OT) Program
1982-83 1/7/1983 @ Cleveland Force L 8-5 Program
1982-83 1/24/1983 vs. St. Louis Steamers L 8-3 Program
1982-83 1/29/1983 vs. Wichita Wings L 7-6 (OT) Program
1982-83 2/2/1983 vs. Pittsburgh Spirit L 5-4 (OT) Program
1982-83 2/8/1983 vs. Buffalo Stallions L 4-2 Program
1982-83 2/11/1983 vs. Memphis Americans W 9-4 Program
1982-83 2/16/1983 vs. Phoenix Inferno L 5-4 Program
1982-83 2/20/1983 vs. San Diego Sockers L 8-7 (OT) Program
1982-83 2/25/1983 vs. Golden Bay Earthquakes L 9-5 Program
1982-83 3/1/1983 vs. Cleveland Force L 8-2 Program
1982-83 3/30/1983 vs. St. Louis Steamers W 7-5 Program
1982-83 4/2/1983 vs. Kansas City Comets L 5-4 (OT) Program
1982-83 4/5/1983 vs. Wichita Wings L 4-3 Program
1983-84 11/18/1983 vs. Kansas City Comets L 9-7 Program
1983-84 11/20/1983 vs. Buffalo Stallions W 6-3 Program
1983-84 11/26/1983 @ Baltimore Blast L 7-3 Program
1983-84 11/30/1983 vs. New York Arrows W 8-3 Program
1983-84 12/9/1983 vs. Phoenix Pride W 5-4 Program
1983-84 12/17/1983 vs. Wichita Wings L 6-5 (OT) Program
1983-84 12/22/1983 vs. Pittsburgh Spirit W 5-3 Program
1983-84 12/27/1983 @ Wichita Wings L 11-6 Program
1983-84 1/15/1984 @ Cleveland Force L 8-4 Program
1983-84 1/19/1984 vs. Baltimore Blast W 4-3 Program
1983-84 1/21/1984 vs. St. Louis Steamers L 4-3 Program
1983-84 1/27/1984 vs. Tacoma Stars L 7-5 Program
1983-84 2/1/1984 vs. Wichita Wings L 5-3 Program
1983-84 2/5/1984 vs. Pittsburgh Spirit L 7-6 (OT) Program
1983-84 2/7/1984 @ Wichita Wings L 4-1 Program
1983-84 2/19/1984 vs. Tacoma Stars W 3-2 (OT) Program
1983-84 2/25/1984 vs. St. Louis Steamers W 8-2 Program
1983-84 2/29/1984 vs. Phoenix Pride W 6-4 Program
1983-84 3/4/1984 vs. Cleveland Force L 4-1 Program
1983-84 3/11/1984 vs. Kansas City Comets W 12-7 Program
1983-84 3/16/1984 vs. Buffalo Stallions W 6-5 Program
1983-84 3/21/1984 vs. Wichita Wings W 2-1 Program
1983-84 3/24/1984 vs. Memphis Americans L 4-3 Program
1983-84 3/30/1984 vs. Baltimore Blast W 6-5 Program
1983-84 4/5/1984 vs. Phoenix Pride L 4-3 (OT) Program
1983-84 4/12/1984 vs. Tacoma Stars W 4-3 Program Roster
1983-84 4/16/1984 vs. St. Louis Steamers ?? Program Roster
1983-84 4/24/1984 @ Wichita Wings L 10-7 Program
1983-84 5/4/1984 vs. Wichita Wings L 5-4 Program
1984-85 11/12/1984 vs. Dallas Sidekicks W 7-3 Program
1984-85 11/15/1984 vs. Wichita Wings W 3-2 (OT) Program
1984-85 11/28/1984 vs. Chicago Sting W 12-9 Program
1984-85 12/11/1984 vs. Las Vegas Americans W 6-3 Program
1984-85 12/14/1984 vs. Cleveland Force L 6-5 (OT) Program Ticket
1984-85 12/19/1984 vs. St. Louis Steamers W 9-4 Program
1984-85 12/22/1984 vs. New York Cosmos L 5-2 Program
1984-85 12/23/1984 vs. San Diego Sockers W 6-5 (OT) Program
1984-85 12/30/1984 @ Wichita Wings W 8-7 Program
1984-85 1/5/1985 vs. Tacoma Stars W 6-4 Program
1984-85 1/11/1985 vs. St. Louis Steamers W 7-5 Program
1984-85 1/17/1985 vs. Minnesota Strikers L 7-6 Program
1984-85 1/24/1985 vs. Las Vegas Americans L 8-4 Program
1984-85 1/28/1985 vs. Cleveland Force L 7-4 Program
1984-85 2/1/1985 @ Cleveland Force L 5-4 Program
1984-85 2/9/1985 vs. New York Cosmos W 7-3 Program
1984-85 2/11/1985 vs. Wichita Wings W 3-1 Program
1984-85 2/13/1985 vs. Kansas City Comets L 6-4 Program
1984-85 2/21/1985 @ Chicago Sting L 7-6 Program
1984-85 3/11/1985 vs. Pittsburgh Spirit L 7-6 Program
1984-85 3/20/1985 vs. Chicago Sting L 7-3 Program
1984-85 3/22/1985 vs. Dallas Sidekicks W 7-4 Program
1984-85 3/26/1985 vs. Baltimore Blast W 4-3 Program
1984-85 4/3/1985 vs. Tacoma Stars L 6-2 Program
1984-85 4/6/1985 vs. San Diego Sockers L 3-2 Program
1984-85 4/8/1985 vs. Kansas City Comets W 7-1 Program
1984-85 4/28/1985 vs. Baltimore Blast L 5-4 Program Roster
1985-86 11/10/1985 vs. Chicago Sting W 7-2 Program
1985-86 11/15/1985 vs. Cleveland Force L 7-3 Program
1985-86 11/23/1985 vs. Kansas City Comets W 11-7 Program
1985-86 12/5/1985 vs. Minnesota Strikers  L 3-2 Program
1985-86 12/8/1985 @ Wichita Wings L 8-3 Program
1985-86 12/13/1985 vs. Tacoma Stars W 4-3 (OT) Program
1985-86 12/20/1985 vs. Dallas Sidekicks L 6-4 Program
1985-86 12/22/1985 vs. San Diego Sockers W 6-4 Program
1985-86 1/4/1986 vs. Wichita Wings W 6-4 Program
1985-86 1/9/1986 vs. St. Louis Steamers W 4-2 Program
1985-86 1/11/1986 vs. Tacoma Stars W 3-2 Program
1985-86 1/17/1986 vs. Baltimore Blast L 4-3 Program
1985-86 1/19/1986 @ Wichita Wings L 6-3 Program
1985-86 1/24/1986 vs. Kansas City Comets W 3-2 (OT) Program
1985-86 1/26/1986 vs. Pittsburgh Spirit L 4-3 (OT) Program
1985-86 2/1/1986 vs. Minnesota Strikers L 6-5 Program
1985-86 2/7/1986 @ Chicago Sting L 6-5 (OT) Program
1985-86 2/9/1986 vs. Wichita Wings L 7-2 Program
1985-86 2/26/1986 vs. Cleveland Force L 8-3 Program
1985-86 3/2/1986 vs. San Diego Sockers L 8-4 Program
1985-86 3/4/1986 vs. St. Louis Steamers L 9-6 Program
1985-86 3/7/1986 @ Wichita Wings L 9-4 Program
1985-86 3/9/1986 vs. Kansas City Comets W 3-2 Program
1985-86 3/14/1986 vs. Wichita Wings L 8-6 Program
1985-86 3/22/1986 vs. Chicago Sting L 4-3 (OT) Program
1985-86 3/25/1986 vs. Tacoma Stars L 9-2 Program
1985-86 3/27/1986 vs. St. Louis Steamers L 7-5 Program
1985-86 4/4/1986 vs. San Diego Sockers  L 6-5 Program
1986-87 11/14/1986 vs. New York Express W 8-7 (OT) Program
1986-87 11/20/1986 vs. San Diego Sockers W 4-3 (OT) Program
1986-87 11/29/1986 vs. Tacoma Stars L 3-2 (OT) Program
1986-87 12/14/1986 vs. Kansas City Comets L 6-1 Program
1986-87 12/21/1986 vs. Dallas Sidekicks W 6-4 Program
1986-87 1/3/1987 vs. San Diego Sockers L 5-2 Program
1986-87 1/9/1987 vs. Baltimore Blast W 5-2 Program
1986-87 1/16/1987 vs. St. Louis Steamers  W 4-1 Program
1986-87 1/20/1987 vs. Wichita Wings L 5-4 (OT) Program
1986-87 1/24/1987 vs. Minnesota Strikers L 6-4 Program
1986-87 1/31/1987 vs. Kansas City Comets L 10-6 Program
1986-87 2/1/1987 vs. Chicago Sting L 2-1 (OT) Program
1986-87 2/14/1987 vs. New York Express L 6-5 (OT) Program
1986-87 2/22/1987 vs. Tacoma Stars W 7-5 Program
1986-87 2/28/1987 vs. Cleveland Force L 4-3 (OT) Program
1986-87 3/1/1987 vs. Wichita Wings L 5-4 Program
1986-87 3/13/1987 vs. Kansas City Comets L 6-3 Program
1986-87 3/17/1987 vs. St. Louis Steamers W 6-2 Program
1986-87 3/21/1987 vs. Minnesota Strikers L 6-5 (OT) Program
1986-87 3/27/1987 vs. Baltimore Blast W 4-3 Program
1986-87 4/5/1987 vs. Chicago Sting W 6-1 Program
1986-87 4/7/1987 vs. San Diego Sockers W 5-2 Program
1986-87 4/17/1987 vs. Tacoma Stars L 4-3 Program
1986-87 4/26/1987 vs. Wichita Wings W 6-1 Program
1986-87 4/30/1987 vs. St. Louis Steamers L 3-2 Program
1986-87 5/2/1987 vs. Dallas Sidekicks W 3-2 Program
1987-88 11/7/1987 vs. Tacoma Stars ?? Program
1987-88 11/13/1987 vs. Kansas City Comets ?? Program
1987-88 11/18/1987 vs. San Diego Sockers ?? Program
1987-88 11/21/1987 vs. Minnesota Strikers ?? Program
1987-88 12/9/1987 vs. Cleveland Force ?? Program
1987-88 12/12/1987 vs. Chicago Sting ?? Program
1987-88 12/27/1987 vs. Dallas Sidekicks ?? Program
1987-88 1/3/1988 vs. St. Louis Steamers ?? Program
1987-88 1/5/1988 vs. San Diego Sockers ?? Program
1987-88 1/15/1988 vs. Baltimore Blast ?? Program
1987-88 1/20/1988 vs. San Diego Sockers ?? Program
1987-88 1/23/1988 vs. Tacoma Stars ?? Program
1987-88 1/24/1988 vs. St. Louis Steamers ?? Program
1987-88 2/25/1988 vs. Wichita Wings ?? Program
1987-88 3/3/1988 vs. Cleveland Force ?? Program
1987-88 3/6/1988 vs. San Diego Sockers ?? Program
1987-88 3/8/1988 vs. Tacoma Stars ?? Program
1987-88 3/13/1988 vs. Dallas Sidekicks ?? Program
1987-88 3/15/1988 vs. Kansas City Comets ?? Program
1987-88 3/18/1988 vs. Baltimore Blast ?? Program
1987-88 3/24/1988 vs. Chicago Sting ?? Program
1987-88 3/27/1988 vs. San Diego Sockers ?? Program
1987-88 4/1/1988 vs. Minnesota Strikers ?? Program
1987-88 4/6/1988 vs. St. Louis Steamers ?? Program
1987-88 4/16/1988 vs. Wichita Wings ?? Program
1987-88 4/22/1988 vs. Kansas City Comets ?? Program
1988-89 11/5/1988 vs. San Diego Sockers ?? Program
1988-89 11/16/1988 vs. Kansas City Comets ?? Program
1988-89 11/19/1988 vs. Tacoma Stars ?? Program
1988-89 12/3/1988 vs. Baltimore Blast L 6-2 Program
1988-89 12/22/1988 vs. San Diego Sockers ?? Program
1988-89 12/26/1988 vs. Wichita Wings ?? Program
1988-89 1/7/1989 vs. Baltimore Blast ?? Program
1988-89 1/15/1989 vs. Wichita Wings ?? Program
1988-89 1/17/1989 vs. Kansas City Comets ?? Program
1988-89 1/29/1989 vs. Tacoma Stars ?? Program
1988-89 2/7/1989 vs. Baltimore Blast ?? Program
1988-89 2/9/1989 vs. Wichita Wings ?? Program
1988-89 2/25/1989 vs. Dallas Sidekicks ?? Program
1988-89 3/4/1989 vs. Dallas Sidekicks ?? Program
1988-89 3/5/1989 vs. Tacoma Stars ?? Program
1988-89 3/16/1989 vs. Baltimore Blast ?? Program
1988-89 3/24/1989 vs. Kansas City Comets ?? Program
1988-89 3/31/1989 vs. Dallas Sidekicks ?? Program
1988-89 4/8/1989 vs. Kansas City Comets ?? Program
1988-89 4/9/1989 vs. Tacoma Stars ?? Program
1988-89 4/15/1989 vs. Wichita Wings ?? Program

 

 

==Key Players==

 

 

==In Memoriam==

Forward Paul Kitson (1986-87 season) died of a heart attack on August 25, 2005.  Kitson was 49.

Lazers owner Dr. Jerry Buss died on February 18, 2013 at age 80.

 

 

==YouTube==

Los Angeles Lazers TV commercial circa 1986

 

 

==Downloads==

1987-88 Major Indoor Soccer League Rule Book & Schedule 

 

==Links==

Major Indoor Soccer League Media Guides

Major Indoor Soccer League Programs

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January 20th, 2013 at 2:57 am