American Soccer League (1979)
Born: 1978 – ASL expansion franchise.
Folded: Postseason 1979
Stadium: Las Vegas Silver Bowl
ASL Championships: None
The Las Vegas Seagulls were a 2nd Division pro soccer club that lasted just one season in the American Soccer League in the summer of 1979.
The team was troubled from the start, firing head coach Orlando DiNitto just two games into the 1979 season. The Seagulls’ roster was heavy on Argentinean imports. One of the Argentines, midfielder Raul Carrizo, took over for DiNitto and guided the Gulls through the remainder of a grim campaign as player-coach. The Seagulls finished in last place in the ASL’s Western Conference with a 7-18-3 record.
The Seagulls went the way of the passenger pigeon at the end of the 1979 season. Other attempts to establish pro soccer in Vegas during this era met with equally swift deaths. The Las Vegas Quicksilvers lasted but a single season in the North American Soccer League in 1977. Like the Seagulls, the Quicksilvers played in the broiling hot Silver Bowl. The Las Vegas Americans set up shop at the Thomas & Mack Center in the Major Indoor Soccer League in the winter of 1984-85 but went bankrupt after one season.
==Las Vegas Seagulls Programs on Fun While It Lasted==
Seagulls forward Victor Arbelaez remained in Las Vegas and coached at Bishop Gorman high school for 22 seasons. He collapsed and died during a Bishop Gorman practice in October 2007 at age 54. Las Vegas Sun obituary.