1973 North American Soccer League season

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North American Soccer League -1973 Season-
Season 1973
Champions Philadelphia Atoms
Premiers Dallas Tornado
Matches played 90
Goals scored 246 (2.73 per match)
Top goalscorer Trinidad and Tobago Warren Archibald
Kingdom of Yugoslavia Ilija Mitić
(12 goals)
Longest unbeaten run 13, Philadelphia
Highest attendance 21,700 (Dallas @ Phil)
Lowest attendance 1,100 (NY @ Montreal)
Average attendance 6,290
1972
1974

Statistics of North American Soccer League in season 1973. This was the 6th season of the NASL.[1]

Overview[edit]

Nine teams took part in the league with the Philadelphia Atoms winning the championship.

During the season, a team from Vera Cruz, Mexico, played each of the nine NASL clubs in exhibition games that counted in the league's final standings. The 1973 season would be the last season in which games from non-league clubs counted in league standings.[2]

In a unique twist, the team with home field for the NASL Championship Game determined the date and time the game was to be played. When the Dallas Tornado won their semi-final, setting up the final with Philadelphia, they chose the 25th of August as the date of the game. They did this because the NASL loan agreements with players from the English First Division (the precursor to today's Premier League) were up before August 25.[3]

Because of this, Philadelphia's two leading scorers, Andy "The Flea" Provan and Jim Fryatt, were on their way back to England when the championship match was played on the 25th. Despite this, Philadelphia coach, Al Miller, put Bill Straub, a defender who had not played a minute for the club prior to the championship game, into the lineup at forward. The move paid off as Straub headed home the second goal in a 2-0 win with under five minutes remaining in the final.[3]

Changes from the Previous Season[edit]

  • Philadelphia Atoms join the league
  • Atlanta is renamed Apollos
  • Miami is renamed Toros

Regular season[edit]

W = Wins, L = Losses, T= Ties, GF = Goals For, GA = Goals Against, BP = Bonus Points, PTS= Total Points

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

Eastern Division W L T GF GA BP PTS
Philadelphia Atoms 9 2 8 29 14 26 104
New York Cosmos 7 5 7 31 23 28 91
Miami Toros 8 5 6 26 21 22 88
Northern Division W L T GF GA BP PTS
Toronto Metros 6 4 9 32 18 26 89
Montreal Olympique 5 10 4 25 32 22 64
Rochester Lancers 4 9 6 17 27 17 59
Southern Division W L T GF GA BP PTS
Dallas Tornado 11 4 4 36 25 33 111
St. Louis Stars 7 7 5 27 27 25 82
Atlanta Apollos 3 9 7 23 40 23 62

NASL All-Stars[edit]

First Team[4][5]   Position   Second Team Honarable Mention
Ken Cooper, Dallas G Bob Rigby, Philadelphia Sam Nusum, Montreal
John Best, Dallas D Bob Smith, Philadelphia John Sewell, St. Louis
Chris Dunleavy, Philadelphia D Derek Trevis, Philadelphia Barry Barto, Philadelphia
David Sadler, Miami D Dick Hall, Dallas Werner Roth, New York
Brian Rowan, Toronto D Roy Evans, Philadelphia John Collins, Dallas
Ilija Mitic, Dallas M Pat McBride, St. Louis Al Trost, St. Louis
Fernando Pinto, Toronto M Francisco Escos, Rochester Roy Turner, Dallas
Ian McPhee, Toronto M Roberto Aguirre, Miami George O'Neill, Philadelphia
Andy Provan, Philadelphia F Joey Fink, New York Paul Child, Atlanta
Jim Fryatt, Philadelphia F Rick Reynolds, Dallas Kyle Rote Jr., Dallas
Warren Archibald, Miami F Randy Horton, New York Nick Jennings, Dallas

Playoffs[edit]

Semifinals[edit]

August 15 New York Cosmos 0 – 1 Dallas Tornado Texas Stadium • Att. 9,009[1]

August 18 Toronto Metros 0 – 3 Philadelphia Atoms Veterans Stadium • Att. 18,766[1]


NASL Final 1973[edit]

August 25
Philadelphia Atoms 2–0 Dallas Tornado
Best Goal 66' (o.g.)
Straub Goal 85' (Evans)
Texas Stadium, Irving, Texas[6][7]
Attendance: 18,824[1]
Referee: Bill Gallacher[8]

1973 NASL Champions: Philadelphia Atoms

Post season awards[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "The Year in American Soccer - 1973". Homepages.sover.net. Retrieved 2014-01-13. 
  2. ^ Jose, Colin (1989). NASL: A Complete Record of the North American Soccer League. USA: Brredon Books. p. 360. ISBN 978-0907969563. 
  3. ^ a b "Flashback: Philly in the 1973 NASL playoffs". www.phillysoccerpage.net. 
  4. ^ "NASL Homepage". Web.archive.org. 2008-05-01. Retrieved 2014-01-13. 
  5. ^ "Steve Dimitry's NASL Web Page". Oocities.org. Retrieved 2014-01-13. 
  6. ^ Edwin Shrake (1973-09-03). "Armed with Americans, Philadelphia's soccer team beat - 09.03.73 - SI Vault". Sportsillustrated.cnn.com. Retrieved 2014-01-13. 
  7. ^ "Philadelphia Atoms @ Dallas Tornado 1973 NASL Finals Highlights - YouTube". Archived from the original on 2013-06-30. Retrieved 2013-06-25. 
  8. ^ "Past Winners | North American Soccer League". Naslsoccerbowl.com. Retrieved 2014-01-13. 

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