|Full name||Boston Shamrock Rovers|
(Year of foundation)
|League||United Soccer Association|
|1967||United Soccer Association, Eastern Division, 6th|
Boston Shamrock Rovers (also known as Boston Rovers) were a United States soccer team that competed in the United Soccer Association league in 1967. The team was based in Lynn, Massachusetts and played their home games at the Manning Bowl. The USA league was actually made up of rosters from club teams from Europe and South America. The Boston Rovers were made up of the roster from League of Ireland side Shamrock Rovers, plus some guests. Together with Cleveland Stokers, Detroit Cougars, New York Skyliners, Toronto City and Washington Whips, Rovers competed in the Eastern Division. These teams were actually Stoke City, Glentoran, C.A. Cerro, Hibernian and Aberdeen respectively.
Boston Shamrock Rovers finished bottom of the Eastern Division (and last in points in the entire league) and did not qualify for the play-off stages. Prior to the 1968 season the United Soccer Association merged with the National Professional Soccer League to form the North American Soccer League. The merged league decided not to have two-team cities and, as such, the incoming Boston Beacons from the NPSL would be Boston's NASL franchise. Initial plans were that the Rovers would relocate to a new city (possible cities included Cleveland and Montreal) but those plans were never realized and the Boston USA franchise disbanded prior to the 1968 season.
Colors and badge
While the Boston Shamrock Rovers' home kits were all white, their road jerseys were the same green and white hoops as the Shamrock Rovers home kits.
Main article(s): Manning Bowl
Boston Shamrock Rovers played their home matches at the Manning Bowl in Lynn, Massachusetts which is about 11 miles northeast of Boston.
|Season||Regular season||Play-offs||Top scorer|
- League victory: 3-1 v Houston Stars, 2 July 1967
- League defeat: 0-5 v Chicago Mustangs, 14 June 1967
1-6 v Toronto City, 5 July 1967
- The Hoops by Paul Doolan and Robert Goggins (ISBN 0-7171-2121-6)