Major Indoor Soccer League (1980-1981)
Arena: The Cow Palace (12,600)
Team Colors: Fog Gray & Rocket Red
Owner: Dr. David Schoenstadt
A short-lived entry in the original Major Indoor Soccer League. The MISL arrived in San Francisco in May 1980 after Dr. David Schoenstadt purchased and relocated the league’s Detroit Lightning franchise. Starting in November 1980, the newly renamed San Francisco Fog would play out of the Cow Palace in Daly City.
The finished with the worst record (11-29) in the 12-team MISL under the direction of player-coach Johnny Moore. Moore, a former member of the NASL’s San Jose Earthquakes, was the Fog’s best player, earning an honorable mention selection to the league All-Star team.
Beyond the losing, the 1980-81 season was also a debacle for owner David Schoenstadt. The Fog had the league’s worst attendance at around 2,500 per game announced and lost over a million dollars, according to The Associated Press. In May 1981, Schoenstadt moved the club once again, this time to Kansas City’s Kemper Arena.
As the Kansas City Comets, the club thrived during the early 1980’s. At the peak of the Comets’ popularity in 1984, the club averaged nearly 16,000 fans per match and helped drive the NBA’s Kansas City Kings franchise out of town. Schoenstadt sold the club in 1987, and it subsequently fell on hard times, as did the rest of the MISL, in the late 1980’s. The Comets went out of business in 1991.
==San Francisco Fog Programs on Fun While It Lasted==
Fog owner Dr. David Schoenstadt died of cancer in December 1991.
The Fog host the Philadelphia Fever at the Cow Palace during the 1980-81 season.