American Soccer League (1977)
Born: 1977 – ASL expansion franchise.
Died: July 1977 – The Condors fold in midseason.
Stadium: Valley Stadium
The Santa Barbara Condors were a financially bereft 2nd division American soccer club that folded after playing just a dozen games in the summer of 1977. During their brief run, the Condors played home games at Valley Stadium, a high school field in Goleta, California.
Former Liverpool captain Ron Yeats was the Condors’ player-coach. The owners stopped paying the team almost immediately and bailed on the club. On July 1, 1977, after playing without pay for nearly two months, Condors players went out on strike, refusing to play a pair of weekend games against the Los Angeles Skyhawks.
American Soccer League officials were unable to find new investors for the club and the Condors folded with a 4-4-4 record. The remaining 12 games on the club’s regular season scheduled were cancelled. Midseason failures were not unusual in the ASL and the Condors were one of numerous 2nd division clubs in the States who were unable to complete their schedules during the 1970’s.