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1988-1990 New Jersey Eagles

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American Soccer League (1988-1990)
American Professional Soccer League (1990)

Born: May 1987 – ASL founding franchise
Folded: Postseason 1990

Stadiums:

Team Colors: Red, White & Blue

Owners: Ray Jacobs, et al.

 

The New Jersey Eagles soccer club played in the East Coast-based American Soccer League (ASL) from 1988-1990.  During the 1990 season, the ASL also served as the Eastern Conference of a tentative nationwide league known as the American Professional Soccer League (APSL).  At the times, these low-budget leagues represented the highest level of professional soccer in the United States, at least of the outdoor variety.

The Eagles were somewhat of a New York Cosmos alumni society.  Club owner Ray Jacobs was a former Cosmos’ season ticket holders and long-time Cosmos execs Clive Toye and Dominick Flora reprised their front office roles.  Ex-Cosmos Hubert Birkenmeier, Fernando DeMatthaeis and Andranik Eskandarian played for the club.

However, the Eagles were not able to recapture any of the Cosmos’ former allure.  The Eagles played their first two seasons at Hinchcliffe Stadium in Paterson, often to crowds of fewer than 1,000 fans.  The team moved to Cochrane Stadium in Jersey City for their final season in 1990, but that didn’t help the club’s poor box office.

The Eagles’ best season was their first.  With a roster hastily assembled in just three weeks, the Eagles posted the best record in the American Soccer League in 1988 with a 15-5 mark.  Jorge Acosta, a Paterson resident and former Long Island University star, led the league in scoring with 14 goals and 5 assists.  The Eagles lost in the 1988 playoff semi-finals to the eventual champion Washington Diplomats.

The following two seasons, however, the Eagles finished last in the division with 6-14 records in both 1989 and 1990.  The club folded after the 1990 campaign.

 

==New Jersey Eagles Programs on Fun While It Lasted==

Season Date Opponent Score Program Other

1988

1988 5/1/1988 vs. Miami Sharks W 4-0 Program Game Notes
1988 5/28/1988 vs. Maryland Bays L 2-1 Program
1988 8/6/1988 @ Boston Bolts W 2-1 Program

1989

1989 4/16/1989 vs. Boston Bolts L 5-2 Program Game Notes
1989 4/23/1989 vs. Washington Stars L 1-0 (PK) Program Game Notes
1989 5/7/1989 vs. Tampa Bay Rowdies W 1-0 Program Game Notes
1989 5/14/1989 vs. Albany Capitals L 2-1 Program Game Notes
1989 5/21/1989 vs. Maryland Bays L 1-0 (PK) Program Game Notes
1989 6/11/1989 vs. Fort Lauderdale Strikers L 1-0 Program Game Notes
1989 6/18/1989 vs. Orlando Lions W 1-0 (PK) Program Game Notes
1989 7/9/1989 vs. Albany Capitals L 5-1 Program Game Notes
1989 7/15/1989 vs. Ruch Chorzow (Poland) ?? Program
1989 7/23/1989 vs. Boston Bolts L 3-2 (PK)  Program Game Notes
1989 8/6/1989 vs. Washington Diplomats W 3-2 Program Game Notes

1990

1990 4/22/1990 vs. Orlando Lions W 3-1 Program Game Notes
1990 5/6/1990 vs. Tampa Bay Rowdies L 1-0 Program Game Notes
1990 5/20/1990 vs. Fort Lauderdale Strikers L 2-1 Program Game Notes
1990 6/3/1990 vs. Miami Freedom W 4-1 Program Game Notes
1990 6/10/1990 vs. Albany Capitals L 3-1 Program Game Notes
1990 6/17/1990 vs. Washington Diplomats L 2-1 Program
1990 7/6/1990 vs. Penn-Jersey Spirit L 3-0 Program Game Notes
1990 7/13/1990 vs. Washington Stars L 3-0 Program Game Notes
1990 7/27/1990 vs. Boston Bolts W 1-0 (PK) Program Game Notes
1990 8/3/1990 vs. Maryland Bays L 2-0 Program Game Notes

 

==Links==

American Soccer League Media Guides

American Soccer League Programs

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