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1975 NASL Indoor tournament

North American Soccer League
-1975 Indoor Tournament-
NASL Indoor Tournament
Tournament details
Host countryUnited States
DatesJanuary 24, 1975 –
March 16, 1975
Teams16
Final positions
ChampionsSan Jose Earthquakes (1st title)
Runners-upTampa Bay Rowdies
Tournament statistics
Matches played20
Goals scored230 (11.5 per match)
Top scorer(s) Paul Child (14 goals)
Best player(s) Paul Child (San Jose)
Gabbo Garvic (San Jose)
1971
1976

In early 1975, the North American Soccer League hosted its first league-wide indoor soccer tournament over the course of seven weeks. All but four NASL teams participated.

1975 NASL Indoor tournament Intro articles: 2

Overview

Though the Dallas Tornado had won the NASL's 1971 Hoc-Soc Tournament[1] and the Atlanta Apollos staged two league sanctioned pilot matches at the Omni in 1973,[2][3] the birth of the modern game in North America can be traced to 1974, when three indoor exhibitions against the touring Soviet Red Army of Moscow club took place. The games were played on a field the size of a hockey rink, with goals 4 feet high by 16 feet wide. Much like hockey, matches were played in three 20 minute periods, allowed free substitution, and featured six man sides (five field players and a goalkeeper). The Soviets beat an outmatched NASL All-Star team 8–4 on February 7 at Toronto's Maple Leaf Gardens. The second game against the reigning champion Philadelphia Atoms on February 11, is considered by many as the watershed event of North American indoor soccer. The game stayed close into the third period, though the Red Army squad eventually pulled away 6–3.[4] On February 13 the Russians closed out their tour with an 11–4 throttling of the St. Louis Stars in Missouri before an impressive crowd of 12,241.[5][6][7]

In spite of the losses, and because another 11,790 curious fans packed Philadelphia's Spectrum to watch this "new" game, the NASL began considering indoor soccer's potential to increase fan interest in the sport as a whole. A month and seven days later a Spectrum crowd of 6,314 turned out to watch the Atoms defeat the New York Cosmos 5–3. With this, franchises also recognized that they could generate more revenue from players already under contract. The league hinted at having a 10-game indoor season in early 1975,[8] but by autumn eventually scaled that plan back.[9] The following year the NASL staged an indoor tournament: sixteen of the twenty teams participated. It was divided into four regional tournaments, with the regional winners meeting in San Francisco for the overall title in a similar format to the NCAA college basketball tournament. In the regionals, two teams would play each other, and then winners would play losers in a two-game series. The team with the best record advanced to the semifinals; in the event of teams having identical records, the side with the best total goal differential advanced out of the region. That first year the goals stayed 4 x 16 and the games remained divided into three 20 minute frames like those played against the Red Army club the previous year.[10][11][12][13]

Four NASL clubs, Chicago, Denver, Portland and San Antonio did not participate in the tournament. However three of them were recently announced,[14] expansion teams that had yet to play an outdoor season either.

The San Jose Earthquakes defeated the newly formed Tampa Bay Rowdies 8–5 in the Championship Final. Paul Child of San Jose scored seven goals in the regionals,[15] and added another seven during the final four to lead all goal scorers. Child and teammate Gabbo Garvic shared the MVP honors.

Pre-1975 NASL indoor matches

March 19, 1971 1 (Hoc-Soc)St. Louis Stars1–2Dallas TornadoSt. Louis, Missouri
8:00 PM (CST) Leeker  8' Report Benedek  17'21' Stadium: St. Louis Arena
Attendance: 5,060
Referee: Larry King / Ray Puricelli
March 19, 1971 2 (Hoc-Soc)Rochester Lancers3–1Washington DartsSt. Louis, Missouri
8:45 PM (CST) Seissler  13:08'
Durante  13:45'
Metidieri  29:43'
Report Kerr  5:40' Stadium: St. Louis Arena
Attendance: 5,060
Referee: Larry King / Ray Puricelli
March 19, 1971 3 (Hoc-Soc)St. Louis Stars2–0Washington DartsSt. Louis, Missouri
Popović  16:27'29:31' Report Stadium: St. Louis Arena
Attendance: 5,060
Referee: Larry King / Ray Puricelli
March 19, 1971 4 (Hoc-Soc)Dallas Tornado3–0Rochester LancersSt. Louis, Missouri
Renshaw  12:15'24:08'
Molnár  28:11'
Report Stadium: St. Louis Arena
Attendance: 5,060
Referee: Larry King / Ray Puricelli
July 8, 1973 6Atlanta Apollos7–4Dallas TornadoAtlanta, Georgia
Child  (Metchick, Mwila)
Child
Solem  (Child)
Child
Child  (Kapengwe)
Twellman  (Child)
Howe  (Child)
Report 1
Report 2
Report 3
Mitić  0:10' (Attiah, Rote)
Rote
Reynolds
Juracy  (Reynolds)
Stadium: The Omni
Attendance: 4,090
February 7, 1974 7 Int'l friendlyNASL All-Stars4–8Red ArmyToronto, Ontario
Siega  35:40' (pen.)
Strencier
Siega  (Child)
Smith
Report Tellinher , , ,  53:57'
Dorofeov  53:01'
Stadium: Maple Leaf Gardens
Attendance: 11,535
February 11, 1974 8 Int'l friendlyPhiladelphia Atoms3–6Red ArmyPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania
7:30 PM (EST) Siega  6:21' (Papadakis)
Child  26:20' (Siega)
Siega  42:51' (Child)
Report Tellinher  6:55' (Shladak)
Babenko  13:25' (Popev, Dorofeov)
Kaplichnyi  35:44' (Tellinher)
Popev  45:59' (Kodeikin)
Dudarenko  53:25' (Popev)
Dorofeov  58:06' (Morosov, Pollacarpov)
Stadium: Spectrum
Attendance: 11,790
February 13, 1974 9 Int'l friendlySt. Louis Stars4–11Red ArmySt. Louis, Missouri
7:30 PM (CST) Vaninger  4:31' (Trost)
Vaninger  19:48' (Howe)
Vaninger  35:18' (Carenza)
Vaninger  42:15' (Trost)
Report Tellinher  4:42' (Kovaleski)
Fedotov  18:23' (Tellinher)
Fedotov  18:50' (Tellinher)
Morozov  25:07' (Polikarpov)
Polikarpov  33:40' (Babenko)
Fedotov  35:52' (Tellinher)
Shlapak  36:29' (Tellinher)
Kovaleski  37:10' (Dorofeov)
Fedotov  39:52' (Smirnoff)
Kaplichnyi  41:39'
Tellinher  46:21' (Utkin)
Stadium: St. Louis Arena
Attendance: 12,241
Referee: Larry King
March 18, 1974 10Philadelphia Atoms5–3New York CosmosPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania
7:30 PM (EST) Minor  (McPhee)
Minor  (Child)
O'Neill  (Minor)
Child  (Minor)
Child  (O'Neill)
Report 1
Report 2
Mahy
Fink  (Rose)
Siega  (Menoki)
Stadium: Spectrum
Attendance: 6,314

1975 NASL Indoor tournament Overview articles: 61

1975 Indoor Regional tournaments

Region 1

played at Fair Park Coliseum in Dallas, Texas

January 24 Philadelphia Atoms 5–3 St. Louis Stars 3,200[16]
Toronto Metros-Croatia 2–1 Dallas Tornado

January 26 St. Louis Stars 8–4 Toronto Metros-Croatia 3,800[17]
Dallas Tornado 6–2 Philadelphia Atoms
Pos Team G W L GF GA GD PTS
1 Dallas Tornado 2 1 1 7 4 +3 2
2 St. Louis Stars 2 1 1 11 9 +2 2
3 Philadelphia Atoms 2 1 1 7 9 –2 2
4 Toronto Metros-Croatia 2 1 1 6 9 –3 2

*Dallas wins region on goal differential, advances to semifinals

Region 2

played at Rochester War Memorial in Rochester, New York

February 6 New York Cosmos 6–4 Hartford Bicentennials Attendance: 2,191
Boston Minutemen 4–3 Rochester Lancers

February 8 Hartford Bicentennials 5–3 Boston Minutemen Attendance: 3,173
Rochester Lancers 8–7 New York Cosmos
Pos Team G W L GF GA GD PTS
1 New York Cosmos 2 1 1 13 12 +1 2
2 Hartford Bicentennials 2 1 1 9 9 0 2
3 Rochester Lancers 2 1 1 11 11 0 2
4 Boston Minutemen 2 1 1 7 8 –1 2

*New York wins region on goal differential, advances to semifinals

Region 3

played at the Bayfront Center in St. Petersburg, Florida[18][19][20]

February 14 Miami Toros 11–8 Baltimore Comets Attendance: 4,437
Tampa Bay Rowdies 7–2 Washington Diplomats

February 16 Miami Toros 7–4 Washington Diplomats Attendance: 4,032
Tampa Bay Rowdies 8–6 Baltimore Comets
Pos Team G W L GF GA GD PTS
1 Tampa Bay Rowdies 2 2 0 15 8 +7 4
2 Miami Toros 2 2 0 18 12 +6 4
3 Baltimore Comets 2 0 2 14 19 –5 0
4 Washington Diplomats 2 0 2 6 14 –8 0

*Tampa Bay wins region on goal differential, advances to semifinals[21][22]

Region 4

played at the Cow Palace in Daly City, California

February 21 Vancouver Whitecaps 15–4# Los Angeles Aztecs Attendance: 9,223[24]
San Jose Earthquakes 14–4# Seattle Sounders

February 23 Los Angeles Aztecs 9–4 Seattle Sounders Attendance: 7,232[25]
San Jose Earthquakes 7–3 Vancouver Whitecaps

#Vancouver and San Jose won by such large margins, that the NASL and the two teams agreed to a head-to-head pairing on Feb. 28.[10]

Pos Team G W L GF GA GD PTS
1 San Jose Earthquakes 2 2 0 21 7 +14 4
2 Vancouver Whitecaps 2 1 1 18 11 +7 2
3 Los Angeles Aztecs 2 1 1 13 19 –6 2
4 Seattle Sounders 2 0 2 8 23 –15 0

*San Jose wins region, advances to semifinals

1975 NASL Indoor tournament 1975 Indoor Regional tournaments articles: 19

1975 Indoor Final Four

Bracket

  Semifinals     Championship Final
                 
  R4 San Jose Earthquakes 8  
  R1 Dallas Tornado 5    
      R4 San Jose Earthquakes 8
      R3 Tampa Bay Rowdies 5
  R3 Tampa Bay Rowdies 13    
  R2 New York Cosmos 5   Third place
 
R1 Dallas Tornado 2
  R2 New York Cosmos 0

Semi-finals

played at the Cow Palace in Daly City, California

March 14 Tampa Bay Rowdies 13–5 New York Cosmos[27] Attendance: 9,113
San Jose Earthquakes 8–5 Dallas Tornado

Third place match

played at the Cow Palace in Daly City, California

March 16 Dallas Tornado 2–0 New York Cosmos[28]

Championship Final

San Jose Earthquakes8–5Tampa Bay Rowdies
Roboostoff  7:10'
Child  9:25' (Gavric)
Roboostoff  14:36' (Child)
Child  16:22' (Welch)
Roboostoff  18:38' (Moore)
Welch  19:38' (Child)
Zaczynski  50:50' (Child)
Child  52:56'
Report 1 (p. 2C)
Report 2
Engerth  9:36' (Lima)
Hartze  25:14' (Quraishi)
Lezak  33:35'
Wark  50:55' (Hartze)
Quraishi  54:56' (Boyle)
Attendance: 8,618
Referee: Henry Landuer

1975 NASL Indoor Champions: San Jose Earthquakes
Television: CBS (tape delayed)

1975 NASL Indoor tournament 1975 Indoor Final Four articles: 9

Final Four awards

Final Four statistics

Leading Scorers Goals Assists Total Points
Paul Child (San Jose) 7 3 17
Doug Wark (Tampa Bay) 7 0 14
Bernard Hartze (Tampa Bay) 4 3 11
Ilija Mitić (Dallas) 4 1 9
Zygmunt Lezak (Tampa Bay) 4 0 8

Final team rankings

G = Games, W = Wins, L = Losses, GF = Goals For, GA = Goals Against, GD = Goal Differential

Pos Team G W L GF GA GD
1 San Jose Earthquakes 4 4 0 37 17 +20
2 Tampa Bay Rowdies 4 3 1 33 21 +11
3 Dallas Tornado 4 2 2 14 12 +2
4 New York Cosmos 4 1 3 18 27 –9
5 Miami Toros 2 2 0 18 12 +6

Non-tournament matches

In addition to the Region 4 and Final Four tournament games (eight contests in all), the San Jose Earthquakes also hosted two other indoor matches at the Cow Palace as tune-ups for the impending tournament. The first one was dubbed the "Calamity Cup" because it pitted the Earthquakes against the Tornado. The second was against their in-state rival, Los Angeles Aztecs. The two matches drew a combined 20,908 spectators and San Jose won both.[29][30] In another match, the Rochester Lancers hosted the Toronto Metros-Croatia on March 29 in front of 2,562 fans at the Rochester War Memorial. Toronto won the game, 10–7.[31]

Match reports

February 7, 1975 1San Jose Earthquakes8–6Dallas TornadoDaly City, California
8:00 PM (PST) Child  2:52'
Moore  23:34' (Child)
Kemp  27:47'
B. Demling  30:19'
Moore  37:25' (Child)
Child  38:04' (Hernandez)
Hernandez  45:18' (Moore)
Roboostoff  59:55' (Kemp)
Report 1
Report 2
Renshaw  5:18' (Mitić])
Renshaw  10:11' (Moffat)
DeLong  20:15' (Renshaw)
Mitić  26:04' (Moffat)
Mitić  30:26'
Newman  45:48' (Cohen)
Stadium: Cow Palace
Attendance: 11,421
February 14, 1975 2San Jose Earthquakes11–7Los Angeles AztecsDaly City, California
8:00 PM (PST) Moore  6:10' (Roboostoff)
Child  10:51' (Hernandez)
Lopez  12:13' (o.g.)
Moore  13:53' (Child)
Roboostoff  17:26' (B. Demling)
Moore  22:49' (Child)
Child  32:33' (Zaczynski)
Roboostoff  37:47' (Moore, Child)
Child  41:14' (Moore)
Moore  52:43' (Zaczynski)
Child
Report 1
Report 2
Perrichon  5:46' (pen.)
Kazarian  25:17'
Velasquez  29:22'
Gay  34:05'
Velasquez  46:40' (Mason)
Fowzi  55:27' (Velazquez)
Velasquez  56:58'
Stadium: Cow Palace
Attendance: 9,487
Referee: John Davies
March 29, 1975 3Rochester Lancers7–10Toronto Metros-CroatiaRochester, New York
8:00 PM (EST) Ord , ,  18:01'
Odoi  17:13'
Janduda  18:19'
Cupello
Mambo
Report Šutevsk , ,
Perić , ,
Polak ,  15:51'
Zekić ,  33:24'
Pinto  19:33'
Stadium: Rochester War Memorial
Attendance: 2,562

1975 NASL Indoor tournament Non-tournament matches articles: 15

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