1977 North American Soccer League season

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North American Soccer League -1977 Season-
Season 1977
Champions Cosmos
(2nd Title)
Premiers Ft. Lauderdale Strikers
Matches played 234
Goals scored 752 (3.21 per match)
Top goalscorer Trinidad and Tobago Steve David (26)
Highest attendance 77,691
(Ft Lauderdale @ Cosmos)
Lowest attendance 1,100
(Washington @ Connecticut)
Average attendance 13,558
1976
1978

Statistics of North American Soccer League in season 1977. This was the 10th season of the NASL.

Overview[edit]

The league was made up of 18 teams. The schedule was expanded to 26 games and the playoffs to 12 teams. Team rosters consisted of 17 players, 6 of which had to be US or Canadian citizens.[1] The NASL began using its own variation of the penalty shoot-out procedure for tied matches. Matches tied at regulation would now go to a golden goal overtime period, and if still tied on to a shoot-out. Instead of penalty kicks however, the shoot-out attempt started 35 yards from the goal and allowed the player 5 seconds to attempt a shot. The player could make as many moves as he wanted in a breakaway situation within the time frame. NASL procedure also called for the box score or score-line to show an additional "goal" given to the winning side of a shoot-out. This "victory goal" however was not credited in the "Goals For" column of the league table.[2][3] The Cosmos defeated the Seattle Sounders in the finals on August 28 to win the championship.

Changes from the previous season[edit]

Teams folding[edit]

  • Boston Minutemen
  • Philadelphia Atoms

Teams moving[edit]

  • Miami Toros - Fort Lauderdale Strikers
  • San Antonio Thunder - Team Hawaii
  • San Diego Jaws - Las Vegas Quicksilvers

Name changes[edit]

  • Hartford Bicentennials - Connecticut Bicentennials
  • Cosmos drop "New York" from name

Regular season[edit]

W = Wins, L = Losses, GF = Goals For, GA = Goals Against, BP = Bonus Points, Pts= point system

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

Atlantic Conference[edit]

Eastern Division W L GF GA BP Pts Home Road
Fort Lauderdale Strikers 19 7 49 29 47 161 11-2 8-5
Cosmos 15 11 60 39 50 140 10-3 5-8
Tampa Bay Rowdies 14 12 55 45 47 131 11-2 3-10
Washington Diplomats 10 16 32 49 32 92 6-7 4-9
Northern Division W L GF GA BP Pts Home Road
Toronto Metros-Croatia 13 13 42 38 37 115 8-5 5-8
St. Louis Stars 12 14 33 35 32 104 7-6 5-8
Rochester Lancers 11 15 34 41 33 99 10-3 1-12
Chicago Sting 10 16 31 43 28 88 4-9 6-7
Connecticut Bicentennials 7 19 34 65 30 72 4-9 3-10

Pacific Conference[edit]

Southern Division W L GF GA BP Pts Home Road
Dallas Tornado 18 8 56 37 53 161 11-2 7-6
Los Angeles Aztecs 15 11 65 54 57 147 8-5 7-6
San Jose Earthquakes 14 12 37 44 35 119 9-4 5-8
Team Hawaii 11 15 45 59 40 106 7-6 4-9
Las Vegas Quicksilvers 11 15 38 44 37 103 8-5 3-10
Western Division W L GF GA BP Pts Home Road
Minnesota Kicks 16 10 44 36 41 137 11-2 5-8
Vancouver Whitecaps 14 12 43 36 40 124 10-3 4-9
Seattle Sounders 14 12 43 34 39 123 9-4 5-8
Portland Timbers 10 16 39 42 38 98 7-6 3-10

NASL All-Stars[edit]

First Team   Position   Second Team[4] Honorable Mention[5]
Gordon Banks, Ft. Lauderdale G Alan Mayer, Las Vegas Tony Chursky, Seattle
Franz Beckenbauer, Cosmos D Ray Evans, St. Louis Steve Litt, Minnesota
Mike England, Seattle D Steve Pecher, Dallas Jim McAlister, Seattle
Bruce Wilson, Vancouver D Humberto, Las Vegas Alan Merrick, Minnesota
Mel Machin, Seattle D George Ley, Dallas / Arsène Auguste Tampa Bay[6] Graham Day, Portland
George Best, Los Angeles M Charlie Cooke, Los Angeles Tony Simões, San Jose
Wolfgang Sühnholz, Las Vegas M Vito Dimitrijević, Cosmos Ace Ntsoelengoe, Minnesota
Alan West, Minnesota M Rodney Marsh, Tampa Bay Al Trost, St. Louis
Steve David, Los Angeles F Mike Stojanović, Rochester Willie Morgan, Chicago
Pelé, Cosmos F Steve Wegerle, Tampa Bay Giorgio Chinaglia, Cosmos
Derek Smethurst, Tampa Bay F Buzz Parsons, Vancouver Jimmy Robertson, Seattle

Playoffs[edit]

  First Round Division Championships Conference Championships Soccer Bowl '77
                                     
E2  Cosmos 3  
E3  Tampa Bay Rowdies 0  
  E1  Fort Lauderdale Strikers 0  
    E2  Cosmos 2  
      
        
  E2  Cosmos 2  
  N3  Rochester Lancers 0  
N2  St. Louis Stars 0  
N3  Rochester Lancers 1  
  N1  Toronto Metros-Croatia 0
    N3  Rochester Lancers 2  
      
        
  E2  Cosmos 2
  W3  Seattle Sounders 1
S2  Los Angeles Aztecs 2  
S3  San Jose Earthquakes 1  
  S1  Dallas Tornado 0
    S2  Los Angeles Aztecs 2  
      
        
  S2  Los Angeles Aztecs 0
  W3  Seattle Sounders 2  
W2  Vancouver Whitecaps 0  
W3  Seattle Sounders 2  
  W1  Minnesota Kicks 0
    W3  Seattle Sounders 2  
      


First Round[edit]

August 10 San Jose Earthquakes 1 – 2 (OT) Los Angeles Aztecs L.A. Memorial Coliseum • Att. 4,038

August 10 Tampa Bay Rowdies 0 – 3 Cosmos Giants Stadium • Att. 57,828

August 10 Rochester Lancers 1 – 0 (SO, 4–2) St. Louis Stars Francis Field • Att. 7,137

August 10 Seattle Sounders 2 – 0 Vancouver Whitecaps Empire Stadium • Att. 21,915


Division Championships[edit]

Game 1 Game 2
Cosmos - Ft. Lauderdale Strikers 8 - 3 3 - 2 (SO, 3–0) August 14–77,691 • August 17–14,152
Los Angeles Aztecs - Dallas Tornado 3 - 1 5 - 1 August 14–5,201 • August 17–18,489
Minnesota Kicks - Seattle Sounders 1 - 2 (OT) 0 - 1 August 14–35,889 • August 17–42,091
Rochester Lancers - Toronto Metros-Croatia 1 - 0 (SO, 3–2) 1 - 0 August 13–10,556 • August 16–8,062


Conference Championships[edit]

Game 1 Game 2
Los Angeles Aztecs - Seattle Sounders 1 - 3 0 - 1 August 21–9,115 • August 25–56,256
Rochester Lancers - Cosmos 1 - 2 1 - 4 August 21–20,005 • August 24–73,669


Soccer Bowl '77[edit]

Main article: Soccer Bowl '77
August 28
4 pm EDT
Cosmos 2–1 Seattle Sounders
Hunt Goal 19:05'
Chinaglia (Hunt) Goal 77:19'
Ord (Cave) Goal 23:10'
Civic Stadium, Portland
Attendance: 35,548
Referee: Toros Kibritjan (USA)

1977 NASL Champions: Cosmos

Post season awards[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Gadsden Times - Google News Archive Search". news.google.com. Retrieved 2014-01-23. 
  2. ^ "This Day In 1981 : Soccer Bowl Edition | Chicago Fire Confidential". Archived from the original on 2013-07-01. Retrieved 2013-06-29. 
  3. ^ "The Year in American Soccer - 1977". Archived from the original on 2013-07-01. Retrieved 2013-06-29. 
  4. ^ "Mid Cities Daily News - Google News Archive Search". news.google.com. Retrieved 2014-01-23. 
  5. ^ "St. Petersburg Times - Google News Archive Search". news.google.com. Retrieved 2014-01-23. 
  6. ^ "Banks, Pele, Smethurst on star team". St. Petersburg Times. August 12, 1977. p. 5C. 

1979 Official North American Soccer League Guide. New York, NY: North American Soccer League. 1979. 

Jose, Colin (1989). NASL: A Complete Record of the North American Soccer League. Derby, England: Breedon Books. 

Jose, Colin (2003). North American Soccer League Encyclopedia. Haworth, NJ: St. Johann Press. 

Wangerin, David (2008). Soccer In A Football World. Philadelphia, PA: Temple University Press. 

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