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1979 Tampa Bay Rowdies indoor season

Tampa Bay Rowdies
1979 indoor season
Owner George Strawbridge, Jr.
General Manager Chas Serednesky, Jr
Manager Gordon Jago
StadiumBayfront Center
Budweiser Indoor Invitationalrunner up
Top goalscorerLeague:
Mirandinha (4 goals)

All:
Steve Wegerle,
Mirandinha (5 goals)
Highest home attendance6,342
(Jan. 27 vs. Ft. Lauderdale)
Lowest home attendance6,002
(Feb 2 vs. Houston)
Average home league attendance6,181

The 1979 Tampa Bay Rowdies indoor season was the fifth indoor season of the club's existence.

1979 Tampa Bay Rowdies indoor season Intro articles: 2

Overview

Much to the dismay of Rowdies owner, George Strawbridge, the North American Soccer League owners voted to hold off on a full indoor season for 1978–79 after previously approving it.[1][2] And just as in the winters of 1977 and 1978, when indoor seasons had been nixed, the NASL did not restrict teams from scheduling indoor matches on their own. The end result of this was that the Major Indoor Soccer League was able to launch its inaugural season from December 1978 though March 1978 with virtually no competition from the NASL.

For their part, Tampa Bay played five indoor games in the Winter of 1979, the last four of which were played at the Bayfront Center. The Rowdies first match, on January 25 against the Houston Hurricane, took on a different complexion than the ones that it preceded, and not just because it was an away game. The Hurricane spent their winters playing indoors in the MISL, as the Houston Summit. Although the Summit were in midseason, the two leagues didn’t officially sanction interleague play, so when facing the Rowdies Houston played under their “Hurricane” moniker. Despite that fact, they wore their Summit uniforms, and the match featured MISL timing (four 15-minute quarters), MISL goal dimensions (6.5’ high x 12’ wide),[3] even a bright orange MISL ball.[4] Ironically, the NASL would wind up adopting the MISL's timing and goal size when they finally began their first full indoor season 10 months later in November 1979.[5]

Tampa Bay's next two matches were part of a two-day, four-team mini-tournament called the 1979 NASL Budweiser Indoor Soccer Invitational.[6] The Rowdies won both of their matches, but lost the title on goal differential to the Dallas Tornado, who had also won both of theirs. The second of those invitational matches saw Tampa Bay goalie, Winston DuBose, become only the second goalkeeper in the NASL’s brief indoor history to record a shutout.[7]

The Rowdies game on February 2 versus the Houston Hurricane (this time played with NASL goals and timing) marked the first time they had ever lost an indoor match at home to a domestic opponent.[8] Tampa Bay's final match of the indoor campaign was an international friendly against FC Dynamo Moscow on February 19. The lopsided, 8–1, loss closed their indoor season record at 3–2. Over 24,700 fans watched the Rowdies at home in 1979, with all but about 650 total tickets being sold for the four matches.

1979 Tampa Bay Rowdies indoor season Overview articles: 12

Club

Roster

No. Position Player Nation
1 Goalkeeper Winston DuBose  United States
2 Goalkeeper Željko Bilecki  Canada
3 Defender Malcolm Chandler*  England
4 Defender Arsène Auguste  Haiti
5 Midfielder Jan van der Veen  Netherlands
6 Defender Mike Connell  South Africa
7 Forward Steve Wegerle  South Africa
8 Midfielder Wes McLeod  Canada
10 Midfielder Rodney Marsh (capt.)  England
11 Forward Mirandinha  Brazil
12 Midfielder Perry Van der Beck  United States
13 Forward Dave MacWilliams  United States
14 Forward Peter Chandler  United States
15 Midfielder Timothy Collins*  Ireland
16 Defender Farrukh Quraishi  England
17 Defender Tony Crudo  United States
18 Defender Sandje Ivanchukov  United States
19 Midfielder Tommy Maurer  United States
23 Defender Teun Kist*  Netherlands

*trialist players

Management and technical staff

Honors

1979 Tampa Bay Rowdies indoor season Club articles: 4

Competitions

Invitational final standings

GF = Goals For, GA = Goals Against, GD = Goal Differential

1979 Budweiser Indoor Soccer Invitational
Team Record GF GA GD Position
Dallas Tornado* 2–0 15 9 +6 1st place
Tampa Bay Rowdies 2–0 9 4 +5 2nd place (Runners-up)
Tulsa Roughnecks 0–2 7 11 –4 3rd place
Fort Lauderdale Strikers 0–2 6 13 –7 4th place

*Dallas wins Invitational on goal differential

Results summaries

Match reports

January 25, 1979 1Houston Hurricane4–6Tampa Bay RowdiesHouston, Texas
8:00 PM (CST) Vaccaro  15:17' (O’Sullivan)
Russell  18:26'
Russell  34:57' (Marasco)
Vasquez  48:57' (Stremlau)
Report on p. 2C Wegerle  00:44' (Marsh)
Van der Beck  24:28'
Marsh  24:51' (Connell)
Wegerle  31:02'
Connell  44:37'
Wegerle  59:46' (DuBose)
Stadium: The Summit
Attendance: 2,743
January 27, 1979 2 Bud Invit'lTampa Bay Rowdies6–4Fort Lauderdale StrikersSt. Petersburg, Florida
8:30 PM Marsh  9:16'
Mirandinha  11:50' (McLeod)
Mirandinha  20:44' (Maurer)
Maurer  26:38' (Marsh)
Wegerle  27:43' (Marsh)
Quraishi  28:25' (Mirandinha)
Report 1
Report 2
Njie  20:33' (Wiggemansen)
Gemeri  24:37'
Njie  30:21' (Wiggemansen)
Vaninger  34:13'
Stadium: Bayfront Center
Attendance: 6,342
January 28, 1979 3 Bud Invit'lTampa Bay Rowdies3–0Tulsa RoughnecksSt. Petersburg, Florida
7:30 PM Marsh  1:49' (Wegerle)
Mirandinha  17:50' (Marsh)
Mirandinha  31:47'
Report on p. 2-C none Stadium: Bayfront Center
Attendance: 6,338
February 2, 1979 4Tampa Bay Rowdies6–15Houston HurricaneSt. Petersburg, Florida
8:00 PM Wegerle  00:17'
McLeod  25:26'
Marsh  28:12'
Mirandinha  31:48' (Marsh)
McLeod  43:44' (Quraishi)
Quraishi  54:38' (McLeod)
Report Jump  3:12' (Stremlau)
Anderson  8:04' (Haaskivi)
Stremlau  9:40' (Anderson)
Jump  12:07' (Lindsay)
Lindsay  18:14' (Megaloudis)
Lindsay  20:38' (Jump)
Haaskivi  27:51'
Anderson  29:03' (Megaloudis)
Jump  33:33' (Stremlau)
Lindsay  33:50'
Charbonneau  34:55' (Haaskivi)
Anderson  41:14'Jump'
Maurer, (T.B.)  49:12' (o.g.)
Anderson  35:25' (Megaloudis)
Anderson  59:19' (Megaloudis)
Stadium: Bayfront Center
Attendance: 6,002
February 19, 1979 5 Int’l friendlyTampa Bay Rowdies1–8FC Dynamo MoscowSt. Petersburg, Florida
8:00 PM Kist  25:32' Report on p. 5C Gershkovich  1:49'
Lovchev  4:43' (Gershkovich)
Latysh  12:51'
Yakubik  15:47' (Maksimenkov)
Latysh  18:29'
Reznik  35:25' (Latysh)
Reznik  46:36' (Latysh)
Maksimenkov  56:00' (Gershkovich)
Stadium: Bayfront Center
Attendance: 6,040

1979 Tampa Bay Rowdies indoor season Competitions articles: 31

Statistics

Scoring

G = Goals (worth 2 points), A = Assists (worth 1 point), Pts = Points

Player G A Pts
Rodney Marsh 4 6 14
Mirandinha 5 1 11
Steve Wegerle 5 1 11
Wes McLeod 2 2 6
Farrukh Quraishi 2 1 5
Mike Connell 1 1 3
Tommy Maurer 1 1 3
Perry Van der Beck 1 0 2
Teun Kist 1 0 2
Winston DuBose 0 1 1

Goalkeeping

Note: GP = Games played; Min = Minutes played; GA = Goals against; GAA = Goals against average; W = Wins; L = Losses

Player GP Min GA GAA W L
Winston DuBose 5 250 23 5.52 3 1
Željko Bilecki 1 20 5 15.00 0 1

1979 Tampa Bay Rowdies indoor season Statistics articles: 2

Player movement

See also

References

  1. ^ Tierney, Mike (April 3, 1978). "NASL approves official indoor league in 1979". St. Petersburg Times. p. 1C. Retrieved January 3, 2017.
  2. ^ Tierney, Mike (January 20, 1979). "Rowdies want to come indoors". St. Petersburg Times. p. 3C. Retrieved January 3, 2017.
  3. ^ Tierney, Mike (January 25, 1979). "Rowdies hope to hold onto goalie". St. Petersburg Times. p. 4C. Retrieved January 3, 2017.
  4. ^ "Rowdies roll 6-4". St. Petersburg Times. January 26, 1979. p. 1C. Retrieved January 3, 2017.
  5. ^ "Indoor Returning, Officially This Time". Evening Independent. September 28, 1979. p. 4-C. Retrieved January 4, 2017.
  6. ^ Tierney, Mike (January 27, 1979). "Blast off! Rowdies aim for indoor orbit". St. Petersburg Times. p. 1c. Retrieved October 24, 2016 – via Google News Archive Search.
  7. ^ Beard, Randy (January 29, 1979). "Rowdies Had To Do More". The Evening Independent. p. 1–C. Retrieved January 2, 2017 – via Google News Archive Search.
  8. ^ Beard, Randy (February 3, 1979). "Bayfront Turned Slaughterhouse". The Evening Independent. p. 1–C. Retrieved January 2, 2017 – via Google News Archive Search.