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1988-1991 Maryland Bays

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1991 Maryland Bays ProgramAmerican Soccer League (1988-1989)
American Professional Soccer League (1990-1991)

Born: 1987 – ASL founding franchise
Folded: January 20, 1992

Stadiums:

Team Colors:

Owners: Red, White, Black & Gold

APSL Champions: 1990

 

The Maryland Bays were one of the best pro soccer clubs in America during the late 1980’s and early 1990’s during an era when the outdoor game was at a particularly low ebb in the U.S.  Over the course of four seasons, the Bays posted a 79-31 record and won a national title in 1990. The 1991 Bays squad was perhaps even stronger, dominating the American Professional Soccer League with a 19-2 regular season record. But a stunning 1991 semi-final playoff defeat to the Albany Capitals prevented Maryland from defending its crown.

Bays forwards Philip Gyau and Jean Harbor won back-to-back APSL Most Valuable Player awards in 1990 and 1991. The club also featured U.S. National Team players Jeff Agoos, Desmond Armstrong and Bruce Murray.

The Bays split their games between UMBC Stadium in Catonsville and Cedar Lane Park in Columbia. The club also played a handful of games at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C.  The club consistently lost money every season. Co-owners John Liparini and John Koskinen announced the dissolution of the franchise in January 1992.

 

Maryland Bays Memorabilia

 

Downloads

July 2, 1988 Bays vs. Boston Bolts Game Notes

July 21, 1990 Bays vs. New Jersey Eagles Game Notes

June 16, 1991 Bays vs. Millonarios (Colombia) Roster Sheet

 

Links

American Soccer League Media Guides

American Soccer League Programs

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