In February 2014 it was announced that the Philadelphia Fury would be competing in the inaugural season of the professional American Soccer League (ASL) after being purchased by former MLS Assistant Coach and ASL CEO, Matt Driver. The Fury continue to sport the colours of the original team and will play out of the Washington Township area in New Jersey.
|Full name||Philadelphia Fury|
|Stadium||Washington Township High School|
|League||American Soccer League (2014)|
The original Philadelphia Fury was a soccer team based in Philadelphia that played in the North American Soccer League from 1978 to 1980. Among the club's investors were rock musicians Rick Wakeman, Peter Frampton and Paul Simon. The team played at Veterans Stadium.
The Fury returned NASL soccer to Philadelphia for the first time since the Philadelphia Atoms folded in 1976. Although never posting a winning season, they did make the playoffs in two of their three seasons. Attendance declined with each season and after a poor year on the pitch and at the gate in 1980, the club was sold and moved to become the Montreal Manic.
Notable Philadelphia Fury players included Johnny Giles, Alan Ball and Peter Osgood, all of whom starred in England before joining the club; although Osgood was a major disappointment (1 goal in 23 matches), Giles was a solid performer, and Ball was a star (and served as player-coach in 1978 after the dismissal of manager Richard Dinnis).
|Year||Record||Regular Season Finish||Playoffs||Avg. Attend.|
|1978||12-18||4th, Eastern Division, American Conference||First Round||8,280|
|1979||10-20||3rd, Eastern Division, American Conference||American Conference Semifinals||5,626|
|1980||10-22||4th, Eastern Division, American Conference||Did Not Qualify||4,465|
- 1978 Alan Ball (second team)
Defender of the year
US Soccer Hall of Fame members
- 2007 Bobby Smith
- "Philadelphia Fury joins the ASL". Philadelphia Fury. 2014-02-22.
- "Chelsea Legend Dempsey Still A Star". This Is Local London. 2001-09-26.
- Philadelphia Fury website
- Brief history of the Fury
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