1971 North American Soccer League season

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North American Soccer League -1971 Season-
Season 1971
Champions Dallas Tornado
Premiers Rochester Lancers
Matches played 112
Goals scored 306 (2.73 per match)
Top goalscorer United States Carlos Metidieri
(19 goals)
Highest attendance 19,437 Rochester @ NY
Average attendance 4,154
1970
1972

Statistics of North American Soccer League in season 1971. This was the 4th season of the NASL.

Overview[edit]

Eight teams competed with Dallas Tornado winning the championship. However Dallas' road to that title was the stuff of legends. In Game 1 of the best-of-three semifinal against the Rochester Lancers, league scoring champion Carlos Metidieri of Rochester mercifully ended the longest match in NASL history 2–1, late in the 6th 15 minute OT period. The golden goal was scored in the 176th minute, or less than four minutes shy of playing two complete games in one day! Three days later Dallas evened the series at one game each with a 3–1 regulation win. In the rubber match four days later, the two teams ended regulation tied again at 1 goal apiece. This time the game would reach a 4th OT before Bobby Moffat sent Dallas into the Finals in the 148 minute. Incredibly, only four days after that, Dallas lost Game 1 of the NASL Championship Series 2–1 in the 3rd OT to Atlanta after 123 minutes. All totaled, Dallas had played 537 minutes of football (3 minutes short of six games) in 13 days time. Finally the Tornado were able to get control of the finals, pulling away in Games 2 and 3 by scores of 4–1 and 2–0 respectively to capture the title.[1]

Changes From the previous season[edit]

Montreal Olympique, New York Cosmos and Toronto Metros joined the league while the Kansas City Spurs folded. Playoffs series switch from a two-game aggregate score to a best-two-out-of-three match format. Any playoff games tied after 90 minutes would now be settled by golden goal (or sudden death) overtime periods lasting 15 minutes each.[1]

Regular season[edit]

W = Wins, L = Losses, T= Ties, GF = Goals For, GA = Goals Against, PT= point system

6 points for a win, 3 points for a tie, 0 points for a loss, 1 point for each goal scored up to three per game.

Northern Division W L T GF GA PT
Rochester Lancers 13 5 6 48 31 141
New York Cosmos 9 10 5 51 55 117
Toronto Metros 5 10 9 32 47 89
Montreal Olympique 4 15 5 29 59 65
Southern Division W L T GF GA PT
Atlanta Chiefs 12 7 5 35 29 120
Dallas Tornado 10 6 8 38 24 119
Washington Darts 8 6 10 36 34 111
St. Louis Stars 6 13 5 37 47 86

1971 NASL All-Stars[edit]

First Team[2][3]   Position   Second Team Honorable Mention
Mirko Stojanovic, Dallas G Leonel Conde, Washington Manfred Kammerer, Atlanta / Claude Campos, Rochester
Dick Hall, Dallas D Clive Charles, Montreal Frank Donlavey, Washington
Willie Evans, Washington D Uriel Da Viega, Atlanta Oreco, Dallas
Peter Short, Rochester D John Cocking, Atlanta Gabbo Gavrić, Dallas
John Best, Dallas D Charlie Mitchell, Rochester Mick Hoban, Atlanta / Roberto Lonardo, Rochester
Dragan Popovic, St. Louis M Francisco Escos, Rochester Freddie Mwila, Atlanta / Barrie Lynch, Atlanta
Siggy Stritzl, New York M Felix Correia, Toronto Billy Fraser, Washington / Keith Pointer, Montreal / Roy Turner, Dallas
Carlos Metidieri, Rochester F Warren Archibald, Washington Tommy Youlden, Dallas
Randy Horton, New York F Casey Frankiewicz, St. Louis Iris DeBrito, Rochester
Kaizer Motaung, Atlanta F Franco Gallina, Montreal Mike Renshaw, Dallas
Manfred Seissler, Rochester F Jorge Siega, New York Leroy DeLeon, Washington / Ian MacHattie, Toronto

Playoffs[edit]

Semifinals[edit]

Series Game 1 Game 2 Game 3
Rochester Lancers 1 - 2 Dallas Tornado 2 - 1 (6ot) 1 - 3 1 - 2 (4ot) September 1–8,309
September 4 -?
September 8–7,635
Atlanta Chiefs 2 - 0 New York Cosmos 1 - 0 2 - 0 x September 2–3,800
September 5 -?
[4]


NASL Final 1971[edit]

Main article: NASL Final 1971
Series Game 1 Game 2 Game 3
Dallas Tornado 2 - 1 Atlanta Chiefs 1 - 2 (3ot) 4 - 1 2 - 1 September 12 Atlanta Fulton County Stadium-?
September 15 Franklin Stadium-?
September 19 Atlanta Fulton County Stadium-?

Game one[edit]

Game two[edit]

Game three[edit]


1971 NASL Champions: Dallas Tornado

Post season awards[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "The Year in American Soccer - 1971". Homepages.sover.net. Retrieved 2014-01-13. 
  2. ^ "NASL Homepage". Web.archive.org. 2008-05-01. Retrieved 2014-01-13. 
  3. ^ "Steve Dimitry's NASL Web Page". Oocities.org. Retrieved 2014-01-13. 
  4. ^ "Atlanta Chiefs All-time Game Results – SoccerStats.us". soccerstats.us. Retrieved 16 January 2014.