1975 North American Soccer League season

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North American Soccer League -1975 Season-
Season 1975
Champions Tampa Bay Rowdies
Premiers Portland Timbers
Matches played 220
Goals scored 750 (3.41 per match)
Top goalscorer Trinidad and Tobago Steve David (23)
Highest attendance 35,620 (NY @ Washington)
Lowest attendance 1,146 (Seattle @ Hartford)
Average attendance 7,642
1974
1976

Statistics of North American Soccer League in season 1975. This was the 8th season of the NASL.

Overview[edit]

The league comprised 20 teams with the Tampa Bay Rowdies winning the championship.

Pelé joined the New York Cosmos in 1975.

1975 was the first year the league used the term Soccer Bowl for their championship game.

Changes from the Previous Season[edit]

New Teams[edit]

  • Chicago Sting
  • Hartford Bicentennials
  • Portland Timbers
  • San Antonio Thunder
  • Tampa Bay Rowdies

Points/Ties[edit]

The 1975 season saw the removal of ties, and it would not be until 2000 that a top-tier American soccer league implemented ties.

Name Changes[edit]

  • Toronto Metros merged with the National Soccer League side, Toronto Croatia, to become Toronto Metros-Croatia

Regular season[edit]

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

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

Northern Division W L GF GA PT
Boston Minutemen 13 9 41 29 116
Toronto Metros-Croatia 13 9 39 28 114
New York Cosmos 10 12 39 38 91
Rochester Lancers 6 16 29 49 64
Hartford Bicentennials 6 16 27 51 61
Eastern Division W L GF GA PT
Tampa Bay Rowdies 16 6 46 27 135
Miami Toros 14 8 47 30 123
Washington Diplomats 12 10 42 47 112
Philadelphia Atoms 10 12 33 42 90
Baltimore Comets 9 13 34 52 87
Central Division W L GF GA PT
St. Louis Stars 13 9 38 34 115
Chicago Sting 12 10 39 33 106
Denver Dynamos 9 13 37 42 85
Dallas Tornado 9 13 33 38 83
San Antonio Thunder 6 16 24 46 59
Western Division W L GF GA PT
Portland Timbers 16 6 43 27 138
Seattle Sounders 15 7 42 28 129
Los Angeles Aztecs 12 10 42 33 107
Vancouver Whitecaps 11 11 38 28 99
San Jose Earthquakes 8 14 37 48 83

NASL League Leaders[edit]

Scoring[edit]

*(2 points per goal, 1 per assist)

Player Team Apps Gls Ast Pts
Steve David Miami 21 23 6 52
Derek Smethurst Tampa Bay 22 18 3 39
Gordon Hill Chicago 21 16 7 39
Peter Withe Portland 22 16 6 38
Uri Banhoffer Los Angeles 20 14 9 37
Tommy Ord Rochester/NY 21 16 3 35
Ilija Mitic Dallas/SJ 19 15 3 33
Ade Coker Boston 15 10 6 26
Ace Ntsoelengoe Denver 21 10 5 25
John Coyne Toronto 22 7 11 25

Goalkeeping[edit]

*(1260 minutes minimum)

Player Team Min SV GA SH GAA
Shep Messing Boston 1639 140 17 6 0.93
Barry Watling Seattle 2032 140 26 6 1.15
Graham Brown Portland 1948 144 26 5 1.20
Željko Bilecki Toronto 1949 123 27 8 1.25
Greg Weber Vancouver 1273 95 19 5 1.34
Mervyn Cawston Chicago 1586 94 24 4 1.36
Peter Bonetti St. Louis 1829 189 28 5 1.38
Sam Nusum New York 1554 131 25 3 1.45
Ken Cooper Dallas 1856 130 32 4 1.55
Bob Rigby Philadelphia 1802 144 32 4 1.60

NASL All-Stars[edit]

First Team   Position   Second Team Honorable Mention[1]
Peter Bonetti, St. Louis G Ken Cooper, Dallas Barry Watling, Seattle
Bob Smith, Philadelphia D Tony Want, Philadelphia Tom McConville, Washington
Mike England, Seattle D Stewart Jump, Tampa Bay Dave Gillett, Seattle
Werner Roth, New York D Ralph Wright, Miami Graham Day, Portland
Farrukh Quraishi, Tampa Bay D Charlie Mitchell, Rochester Brian Rowan, Toronto
Arfon Griffiths, Seattle M Barry Powell, Portland John Sissons, Tampa Bay
Ronnie Sharp, Miami M John Boyle, Tampa Bay Hugh Fisher, Denver
António Simões, Boston M Bobby Hope, Philadelphia Wolfgang Sühnholz, Boston
Steve David, Miami F Peter Withe, Portland Clyde Best, Tampa Bay
Pelé, New York F Tommy Ord, Roch & NY Derek Smethurst, Tampa Bay
Gordon Hill, Chicago F Stewart Scullion, Tampa Bay Uri Banhoffer, Los Angeles

Playoffs[edit]

Quarterfinals[edit]

August 12 Seattle Sounders 1 – 2 (OT) Portland Timbers Civic Stadium • Att. 31,523

August 13 Miami Toros 2 – 1 (OT) Boston Minutemen Nickerson Field • Att. 2,187

August 13 Los Angeles Aztecs 1 – 2 (PK, 4–5) St. Louis Stars Francis Field • Att. 6,119

August 13 Toronto Metros-Croatia 0 – 1 Tampa Bay Rowdies Tampa Stadium • Att. 16,111


Semifinals[edit]

August 16 Miami Toros 0 – 3 Tampa Bay Rowdies Tampa Stadium • Att. 22,710

August 17 St. Louis Stars 0 – 1 Portland Timbers Civic Stadium • Att. 33,503


Soccer Bowl '75[edit]

Main article: Soccer Bowl '75
August 24
12:30 pm PDT
Tampa Bay Rowdies 2–0 Portland Timbers
Auguste Goal 66'
Best Goal 88'
Spartan Stadium, San Jose, California
Attendance: 17,483
Referee: Henry Landauer[2][3][4]

1975 NASL Champions: Tampa Bay Rowdies

Post season awards[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]