1974 Vancouver Whitecaps season

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Vancouver Whitecaps FC
1974 season
Chairman Herb Capozzi
Manager Jim Easton
NASL Division: 5th
Overall: 11th
NASL Playoffs Did not qualify
Highest home attendance 17,343 vs San Jose Earthquakes May 5, 1974[1]
Lowest home attendance 6,310 vs Baltimore Comets June 16, 1974[1]
Average home league attendance 10,098[2]
Home colours
Away colours

Division 1 professional soccer returned to Vancouver in 1974 with the Vancouver Whitecaps as interest began to grow in US soccer and the NASL grew after stabilizing in terms of attendance and number of teams with six to eight teams along with attendance. In 1974 the Whitecaps were one of five expansion teams that were the first teams since 1968 west of Dallas, Texas and St Louis, Missouri.

The 1974 Vancouver Whitecaps season was the inaugural season of the Whitecaps and their debut season in the North American Soccer League. The Whitecaps were born on December 11, 1973, with the franchise announcement on the top floor of a downtown Vancouver Davie Street hotel. The city had officially amateur teams with regional leagues going back to the 1930s in the Pacific Coast Soccer League. The city was also home to NASL soccer in 1967 and 1968 when the Vancouver Royal Canadians competed at Empire Stadium.

The team played in colours of red and white. Their logo was a standard shield-shaped crest decorated only by a red soccer ball, with a maple leaf in the middle and the words 'Vancouver Whitecaps' above. The Whitecaps hit the pitch on May 5, 1974, with an attendance of 17,343 at Empire Stadium for their first NASL regular season match against the San Jose Earthquakes, losing 2-1 in a shootout.

Jim Easton who had moved from his native Scotland in 1973 to take the 'Caps coaching role after playing the previous season for the Miami Toros, missed the playoffs the first season with a team from the local Vancouver area reinforced with four Scottish players. Locals included players from the University of British Columbia, Pacific Coast Soccer League, and returned local players who had gone abroad to train with European clubs.

Squad[edit]

The 1974 squad[3]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
0 Bermuda GK Sam Nasum
1 Canada GK Greg Weber
2 Canada DF Neil Ellett
3 Canada DF Bruce Wilson
4 Canada MF Doug Scorse
5 Canada DF Bob Lenarduzzi
6 Canada DF Sam Lenarduzzi
7 Italy FW Victor Kodelja
8 Canada FW Glen Johnson
No. Position Player
9 Scotland FW George McLean
10 Scotland MF Billy Stevenson
11 Canada MF Brian Gant
12 Canada FW Brian Budd
13 England FW Chris Bennett
14 Canada FW Gary Thompson
15 Canada MF Darryl Samson
16 Scotland DF Gerry Heaney
17 Scotland DF Charlie Palmer
19 England DF Les Wilson

Midfielder Billy Stevenson and defender Sam Lenarduzzi were captains of the 1974 Vancouver Whitecaps.

NASL[edit]

League Standings[edit]

Western Division[edit]

Pos Club Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 Los Angeles Aztecs 20 11 2 7 41 36 +5 110
2 San Jose Earthquakes 20 9 8 3 43 38 +5 103
3 Seattle Sounders 20 10 3 7 37 17 +20 101
4 Vancouver Whitecaps 20 5 4 11 29 30 –1 70

Pld = Matches played; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; F = Goals for; A = Goals against; GD = Goal difference; Pts = Points
Source: [1]

Overall[edit]

Pos Club Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 Los Angeles Aztecs 20 11 2 7 41 36 +5 110
2 Miami Toros 20 9 6 5 38 24 +14 107
3 Baltimore Comets 20 10 2 8 42 46 –4 105
4 San Jose Earthquakes 20 9 8 3 43 38 +5 103
5 Seattle Sounders 20 10 3 7 37 17 +20 101
6 Dallas Tornado 20 9 3 8 39 27 +12 100
7 Boston Minutemen 20 10 1 9 41 36 +5 94
8 Toronto Metros-Croatia 20 4 12 14 28 40 –12 87
9 Rochester Lancers 20 4 12 14 28 40 –12 77
10 Philadelphia Atoms 20 8 1 11 25 25 0 74
11 Vancouver Whitecaps 20 5 4 11 29 30 –1 70
12 Washington Diplomats 20 7 1 12 29 36 –7 70
13 New York Cosmos 20 4 12 14 28 40 –12 58
14 St. Louis Stars 20 4 1 15 42 54 –12 54
15 Denver Dynamos 20 5 0 15 21 42 –21 49

Pld = Matches played; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; F = Goals for; A = Goals against; GD = Goal difference; Pts = Points
Source: [1]

Results[edit]

Results by round[edit]

Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20
Ground H H A A H A A A H H H A A H A H A H H A
Result D W D L W L D D L W D L W D D D L W D L

Last updated: October 28, 2012.
Source: [1]
Ground: A = Away; H = Home. Result: T = Tie; L = Lose; W = Win; P = Postponed.

Match results[edit]

Overall[edit]

See also[edit]

History of Vancouver Whitecaps FC

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b http://soccerstats.us/teams/vancouver-whitecaps/games/
  2. ^ "The Year in American Soccer - 1974". Homepages.sover.net. October 4, 2003. Retrieved January 21, 2014. 
  3. ^ "NASL Vancouver Whitecaps Rosters". Nasljerseys.com. Retrieved January 21, 2014.