Chicago Spurs

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Chicago Spurs
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Full name Chicago Spurs
Nickname(s) Spurs
Founded 1966
Dissolved 1967 (relocated)
Stadium Soldier Field,
Chicago, Illinois
Ground Capacity 61,500
Owner(s) United States Michael Butler
United States Al Kaczamarek
United States William Cutler
Manager England Alan Rogers
League National Professional Soccer League
1967 3rd, Western Division
Playoffs: DNQ

The Chicago Spurs were an American professional soccer team based out of Chicago, Illinois that was a charter member of the non-FIFA sanctioned National Professional Soccer League (NPSL) in 1967. The owners of the franchise were Al Kaczmarek, William Cutler and Michael Butler. The team played at Soldier Field. With the merger of the NPSL following the 1967 season to form the North American Soccer League, the Spurs were moved to Kansas City, Missouri and became the Kansas City Spurs, so as not to compete with fellow NASL team, the Chicago Mustangs. The club's colors were red and white.

History[edit]

The Chicago Spurs were founded in 1967 and began play in the National Professional Soccer League, with home games at Soldier Field, which at the time had an auto racing track surrounding the field, no seating sections to cut off the northernmost third of the stadium and a soccer pitch positioned exactly between the columns on each side.

Following the 1967 season, the NPSL merged with the United Soccer Association (USA) to form the North American Soccer League (NASL). In order to keep from competing with the Chicago Mustangs of the former USA, the Spurs were forced to relocate. This was unusual because the Spurs already had a full roster of players in place, while the Mustangs had to form a whole new team from scratch. The first choice of destination was Milwaukee, Wisconsin, but Arthur Allyn Jr., the Mustangs' owner, had signed a contract with an exclusivity agreement for his Major League Baseball team, the Chicago White Sox, to play nine home games at Milwaukee County Stadium in the summer of 1968. The Spurs would end up moving to Kansas City, Missouri to become the Kansas City Spurs.[1][2]

During its one season in the NPSL, the Spurs were coached by Englishman Alan Rogers, who would return to coach many of the same players in Kansas City for the Spurs season in the NASL in 1970.

Year-by-year[edit]

Year Division W L T Pts League Playoffs Avg. Attendance
1967 NPSL 10 11 11 142 3rd, Western Division Did not qualify 2,619

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Chicago Spurs". BumpyPitch.com. Retrieved Sep 16, 2012. 
  2. ^ "1960s Month: Kansas City Spurs, Glory & Oblivion". The Equaliser Blog. April 14, 2011. Retrieved Sep 15, 2012.