Pittsburgh Phantoms (NPSL)

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This article is about the soccer team. For the hockey team, see Pittsburgh Phantoms (RHI). For the basketball team, see Pittsburgh Phantoms (ABA).
Pittsburgh Phantoms
Full name Pittsburgh Phantoms
Founded 1967
Dissolved 1967
Stadium Forbes Field,
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Ground Capacity 35,714
Chairman Peter Block & Richard George
Manager Pepi Gruber
League National Professional Soccer League (NPSL)

The Pittsburgh Phantoms were a soccer team based out of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania that played in the non-FIFA sanctioned National Professional Soccer League (NPSL). They played at Forbes Field, home of the Pittsburgh Pirates. The team colors were purple and white.

As the team prepared for its first season, Herb Vogt was introduced as head coach and general manager. At his first press conference, he gave the first public announcement of the team as the Phantoms. Two months later, Vogt returned to Germany and resigned his position with the team. János Bédl became the Phantom's second coach with a three-year $65,000 contract. He was fired after four games, sued the team, settled out of court for $32,500 and joined the Chicago Spurs as head coach for the rest of the season. Co Prins then became the head coach for a handful of games before being replaced by Josef "Pepi" Gruber in June.[1] In addition to the multiple coaching changes, the Phantoms settled out of court with Sparta Rotterdam for $50,000 when they signed Theo Laseroms who was still under contract with Sparta.[2]

Following the 1967 season, the NPSL merged with the United Soccer Association to form the North American Soccer League. The Phantoms folded before the 1968 NASL season due to poor attendance, drawing only an average of 3,122 - only the Chicago Spurs had a lower average.


Year Division W L T Pts League Reg. Season Playoffs
1967 NPSL 10 14 7 132 5th, Eastern Division Didn't qualify

Notable players[edit]