1984–85 Minnesota Strikers season

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Minnesota Strikers
1984–85 season
Manager Alan Merrick
Stadium Met Center
MISL Eastern Division: Fourth place
Division Finalist
Top goalscorer League:
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Steve Zungul
(68 goals)
All:
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Steve Zungul
(68 goals)
Home colors
Away colors

The 1984-85 Minnesota Strikers season of the Major Indoor Soccer League was the first season of the new team in the indoor league, and part of the club's eighteenth season in professional soccer. Previously, the club fielded an outdoor team in the North American Soccer League. This year, the team finished fourth in the Eastern Division of the regular season. They made it to the playoffs and were a Division Finalist.

Background[edit]

Review[edit]

Competitions[edit]

MISL regular season[edit]

Playoff teams in bold.

Eastern Division W L Pct. GB GF GA Home Road
Baltimore Blast 32 16 .667 -- 252 190 19-5 13-11
Chicago Sting 28 20 .583 4 261 223 20-4 8-16
Cleveland Force 27 21 .563 5 239 228 15-9 12-12
Minnesota Strikers 24 24 .500 8 224 226 16-8 8-16
St. Louis Steamers 24 24 .500 8 211 207 16-8 8-16
Pittsburgh Spirit 19 29 .396 13 217 256 16-8 3-21
New York Cosmos 11 22 .333 13½ 137 285 7-9 4-13
Western Division W L Pct. GB GF GA Home Road
San Diego Sockers 37 11 .771 -- 302 201 18-6 19-5
Las Vegas Americans 30 18 .625 7 269 214 18-6 12-12
Los Angeles Lazers 24 24 .500 13 232 230 14-10 10-14
Kansas City Comets 22 26 .458 15 216 221 13-11 9-15
Wichita Wings 21 26 .437 15½ 202 233 14-10 7-16
Tacoma Stars 17 31 .354 20 207 263 11-13 6-18
Dallas Sidekicks 12 36 .333 25 194 286 8-16 4-20

Results summaries[edit]

Results by round[edit]

Match reports[edit]

MISL Playoffs[edit]

  Wildcard Series Division Semifinals Division Finals Championship Series
                                     
WC2  St. Louis Steamers 1  
WC3  Kansas City Comets 2  
  1  San Diego Sockers 3  
    8  Kansas City Comets 0  
      
        
  1  San Diego Sockers 3  
  6  Minnesota Strikers 2  
WC1  Minnesota Strikers 2  
WC4  Wichita Wings 1  
  3  Las Vegas Americans 1
    6  Minnesota Strikers 3  
      
        
  1  San Diego Sockers 4
  2  Baltimore Blast 1
        
        
  2  Baltimore Blast 3
    7  Los Angeles Lazers 0  
      
        
  2  Baltimore Blast 3
  5  Cleveland Force 2  
        
        
  4  Chicago Sting 2
    5  Cleveland Force 3  
      

Wildcard Series[edit]

Minnesota vs. Wichita
Date Away Home Attendance
April 17 Wichita 1 Minnesota 2 4,233
April 19 Minnesota 3 Wichita 8 7,053
April 21 Wichita 2 Minnesota 3 4,032
Jan Goossens scored at 2:45 of overtime
Minnesota wins series 2-1
St. Louis vs. Kansas City
Date Away Home Attendance
April 17 Kansas City 5 St. Louis 4 7,636
Damir Haramina scored at 8:14 of overtime
April 19 St. Louis 3 Kansas City 2 10,241
Tasso Koutsoukos scored at 1:22 of overtime
Kansas City wins series 2-0

Quarterfinals[edit]

San Diego vs. Kansas City
Date Away Home Attendance
April 24 Kansas City 3 San Diego 4 7,552
Brian Quinn scored at 11:45 of overtime
April 26 Kansas City 7 San Diego 11 9,560
April 28 San Diego 3 Kansas City 2 10,458
San Diego wins series 3-0
Chicago vs. Cleveland
Date Away Home Attendance
April 19 Cleveland 5 Chicago 4 6,550
Peter Ward scored at 10:31 of overtime
April 21 Cleveland 4 Chicago 8 5,005
April 24 Chicago 1 Cleveland 6 8,112
April 27 Chicago 4 Cleveland 5 11,248
Keith Furphy scored at 5:01 of overtime
Cleveland wins series 3-1
Baltimore vs. Los Angeles
Date Away Home Attendance
April 24 Los Angeles 3 Baltimore 4 7,108
April 26 Los Angeles 3 Baltimore 11 9,493
April 28 Baltimore 5 Los Angeles 4 4,746
Baltimore wins series 3-0
Las Vegas vs. Minnesota
Date Away Home Attendance
April 24 Minnesota 6 Las Vegas 5 5,278
April 26 Minnesota 4 Las Vegas 6 6,016
April 28 Las Vegas 2 Minnesota 3 7,134
May 1 Las Vegas 1 Minnesota 4 5,094
Minnesota wins series 3-1

Semifinals[edit]

San Diego vs. Minnesota
Date Away Home Attendance
May 5 Minnesota 1 San Diego 8 8,494
May 8 Minnesota 5 San Diego 6 10,143
Jean Willrich scored at 1:15 of overtime
May 10 San Diego 5 Minnesota 8 8,270
May 12 San Diego 3 Minnesota 3 7,871
Minnesota wins shootout 3-2**
May 14 Minnesota 0 San Diego 7 10,059
San Diego wins series 3-2
Baltimore vs. Cleveland
Date Away Home Attendance
May 3 Cleveland 5 Baltimore 6 7,568
May 5 Cleveland 5 Baltimore 3 8,205
May 10 Baltimore 3 Cleveland 4 13,093
May 11 Baltimore 7 Cleveland 6 13,861
May 14 Cleveland 4 Baltimore 7 9,184
Baltimore wins series 3-2

**San Diego won the shootout 4-3, but Minnesota appealed the result, as the Sockers used an ineligible player. The Strikers were declared winners on May 13.

Bracket[edit]

Match reports[edit]

Statistics[edit]

Transfers[edit]

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