Philadelphia Spartans

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Philadelphia Spartans
Philadelphia Spartans Logo
Full name Philadelphia Spartans
Nickname(s) Spartans
Founded 1967
Dissolved 1968
Stadium Temple Stadium
Ground Capacity 34,200
Owner Art Rooney
League National Professional Soccer League

The Philadelphia Spartans were a soccer team based out of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania that played in the non-FIFA sanctioned National Professional Soccer League (NPSL). They played their only season of existence at Temple Stadium in North Philadelphia. The team was owned by Pittsburgh Steelers owner Art Rooney. The team colors were maroon and gold.

Following the 1967 season, the NPSL merged with the United Soccer Association to form the North American Soccer League. After requests to the new merged league for a year's hiatus was rejected, the Spartans folded before the 1968 NASL season, incurring losses of $500,000.[1][2] Many Spartans players—including 1967 NPSL Most Valuable Player, Ruben Navarro, John Best, and Peter Short—were signed by the Cleveland Stokers for the 1968 NASL season.

Year-by-year[edit]

Year League W L T Pts Reg. Season Playoffs
1967 NPSL 14 9 9 157 2nd, Eastern Division Did not qualify

Notable players[edit]

ASL[edit]

The second Philadelphia Spartans was an American soccer club based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania that was a member of the American Soccer League.

Year-by-year[edit]

Year Division League Reg. Season Playoffs U.S. Open Cup
1969 2 ASL 2nd, Southern Did not qualify Did not enter
1970 2 ASL 2nd No playoff Did not enter
1971 2 ASL 3rd No playoff Did not enter
1972 2 ASL 1st, Southern Conference Finals Did not enter

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Philadelphia Leaves Scene". The Vancouver Sun. The Associated Press. January 6, 1968. Retrieved October 3, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Spartans Quit Pro Boot Loop". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. January 8, 1968. Retrieved October 3, 2012. 


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