Dayton Dynamo

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The Dayton Dynamo was a professional indoor soccer team from Dayton, Ohio. The team played in the American Indoor Soccer Association (AISA).

Founded by former University of Dayton and Central State University coach Jerry Butcher, the Dynamo joined the AISA as one of two expansion franchises (the other being the Jacksonville Generals) playing in the post-season "Challenge Cup" Series. The franchise began regular-season play at Hara Arena starting with the 1988-1989 season and moved to the Ervin J. Nutter Center at Wright State University for the 1990-1991 season. The Dynamo played its last two seasons in Dayton at the 4,600 seat capacity Dayton Convention Center.

The Dynamo finished last in the league during the team’s first two seasons. In the 1989-1990 season, the Dynamo won the National Division, but the squad lost to the Canton Invaders of Canton, Ohio, in the championship series. The team returned to the championship round the following season, losing to the Chicago Power this time. During the 1991-1992 season, the Dynamo, now in the National Professional Soccer League’s American Division, finished last. Over the next three seasons, the team finished no higher than fifth in its division. Declining support from Dayton fans prompted the Dynamo to relocate to Cincinnati, Ohio, at the end of the 1994-1995 season. In Cincinnati, the squad became known as the Cincinnati Silverbacks

Dynamo year-by-year[edit]

Year GP W L % GB GF GA League Division PLAYOFFS Avg. Attendance
1988 (Chall. Cup) 12 3 9 .250 6 46 63 AISA N/A Challenge Cup 2,716
1988/89 40 14 26 .350 11 328 350 AISA N/A Did not qualify 2,158
1989/90 40 21 19 .525 388 354 AISA 1st, National Playoff runner-up
1990/91 40 21 19 .525 2 465 478 NPSL 3rd, National Playoff runner-up
1991/92 40 9 31 .225 14 479 593 NPSL 4th, American Did not qualify
1992/93 40 20 20 .500 7 562 584 NPSL 5th, American Did not qualify 3,904
1993/94 40 15 25 .375 11 653 665 NPSL 6th, American Did not qualify 3,218
1994/95 40 15 25 .375 15 548 671 NPSL 5th, American Did not qualify 3,227

Silverbacks year-by-year[edit]

Year GP W L % GB GF GA League Division PLAYOFFS Avg. Attendance
1995/96 40 14 26 .350 17 496 579 NPSL 5th, American Did not qualify 3,759
1996/97 40 21 19 .525 8 570 517 NPSL 2nd, American Central Conference Semifinals 3,173
1997/98 40 15 25 .375 13 563 604 NPSL 3rd, American Central Conference Quarterfinals 5,145