American Indoor Soccer Association (1984-1987)
Born: 1984 – AISA founding franchise.
Died: 1987 – The Thunder cease operations.
Arena: Broadbent Arena (6,800)
The Louisville Thunder were a pro indoor soccer club that played three seasons at Broadbent Arena in the mid-1980’s. The Thunder were one of six founding clubs in the Midwest-based American Indoor Soccer Association when the league formed in early 1984.
The Thunder had a rivalry with the AISA’s Canton Invaders franchise, whom they faced in the AISA championship series in all three years of their existence. Canton got the better of the matchup in the 1985 finals and again in 1986. In the 1987 AISA championship series, the Thunder finally broke through, defeating the Invaders 3 games to 2. These would prove to be the final matches the Thunder ever played, as the club went out of business after the conclusion of the 1986-87 season.
Keith Tozer was the player-coach of the Thunder for most of their existence. It was the first coaching gig for Tozer, who would go on to win more games than any other coach in the history of American indoor soccer. Tozer, however, did not take part in the Thunder’s 1987 championship victory. He was hired away from the Thunder two months earlier by the Los Angeles Lazers of the large budget/large market Major Indoor Soccer League, who had a midseason coaching vacancy.
==Thunder Matches on Fun While It Lasted==
|1985-86||12/17/1985||@ Chicago Shoccers||??||Program||Roster|
|1986-87||12/5/1986||@ Canton Invaders||??||Video|
|1986-87||4/26/1987||@ Canton Invaders||W 6-4||Video|
April 26, 1987. The last match of the Thunder franchise. Louisville defeats Canton 6-4 in the deciding Game 5 of the 1987 AISA Championship Series.