1973 North American Soccer League season
|Goals scored||246 (2.73 per match)|
|Top goalscorer|| Warren Archibald
|Longest unbeaten run||13, Philadelphia|
|Highest attendance||21,700 (Dallas @ Phil)|
|Lowest attendance||1,100 (NY @ Montreal)|
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.
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 pre-cursor to today's Premier League) were up before August 25.
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.
Changes from the Previous Season
- Philadelphia Atoms join the league
- Atlanta is renamed Apollos
- Miami is renamed Toros
W = Wins, L = Losses, T= Ties, GF = Goals For, GA = Goals Against, BP = Bonus Points, PTS= Total Points
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.
|New York Cosmos||7||5||7||31||23||28||91|
|St. Louis Stars||7||7||5||27||27||25||82|
|First Team||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|
|August 15||New York Cosmos||0 – 1||Dallas Tornado||Texas Stadium • Att. 9,009|
|August 18||Toronto Metros||0 – 3||Philadelphia Atoms||Veterans Stadium • Att. 18,766|
|Philadelphia Atoms||2–0||Dallas Tornado|
|Best 66' (o.g.)
Straub 85' (Evans)
1973 NASL Champions: Philadelphia Atoms
Post season awards
- Most Valuable Player: Warren Archibald, Miami
- Coach of the year: Al Miller, Philadelphia
- Rookie of the year: Kyle Rote, Jr., Dallas
- Jose, Colin (1989). NASL: A Complete Record of the North American Soccer League. USA: Brredon Books. p. 360. ISBN 978-0907969563.
- "Flashback: Philly in the 1973 NASL playoffs".
- "Philadelphia Atoms @ Dallas Tornado 1973 NASL Finals Highlights - YouTube". Archived from the original on 2013-06-30. Retrieved 2013-06-25.