1970 North American Soccer League season

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North American Soccer League -1970 Season-
ChampionsRochester Lancers
PremiersWashington Darts
Matches played84
Goals scored253 (3.01 per match)
Top goalscorerKoulis Apostolidis
(16 goals)
Average attendance3,163

Statistics of North American Soccer League in season 1970. This was the 3rd season of the NASL.[1]


Six teams competed with the Rochester Lancers winning the championship. Santos FC of Brazil beat the NASL All-Stars 4-3 at Soldier Field in Chicago to finish the season. In 1970, NASL teams rounded out their schedules by playing an assortment of foreign clubs including Hapoel Petah Tikva, Varzim, Hertha Berlin and Coventry City. These games weren't just for attendance but also counted in the standings. The Washington Darts went 2-2-0 versus the international teams earning the "International Cup".[2]

Changes from the previous season[edit]

New teams[edit]

  • Rochester Lancers*
  • Washington Darts*

*joined from American Soccer League

Teams folding[edit]

  • Baltimore Bays

Teams moving[edit]

  • None

Name changes[edit]

  • None

Regular season[edit]

W = Wins, L = Losses, T= Ties, GF = Goals For, GA = Goals Against, PT= point system

6 points for a win, 3 points for a tie, 0 points for a loss, 1 point for each goal scored up to three per game.

 -Premiers (most points).  -Other playoff team.
Northern Division W L T GF GA PT
Rochester Lancers 9 9 6 41 45 111
Kansas City Spurs 8 10 6 42 44 100
St. Louis Stars 5 17 2 26 71 60
Southern Division W L T GF GA PT
Washington Darts 14 6 4 52 29 137
Atlanta Chiefs 11 8 5 53 33 123
Dallas Tornado 8 12 4 39 39 92

NASL All-Stars[edit]

First Team[3][4]   Position   Second Team
Lincoln Phillips, Washington G Leonel Conde, Kansas City
Charlie Mitchell, Rochester D John Cocking, Atlanta
Uriel da Veiga, Atlanta D Delroy Scott, Atlanta
Willie Evans, Washington M Ray Bloomfield, Atlanta
John Best, Dallas M Roy Turner, Dallas
Billy Fraser, Washington M Bob DeLuca, Rochester
Carlos Metidieri, Rochester F Warren Archibald, Washington
Dave Metchick, Atlanta F Clarival Oliveira, Kansas City
Art Welch, Atlanta F Kirk Apostolidis, Dallas
Leroy DeLeon, Washington F Mike Renshaw, Dallas
Manfred Seissler, Kansas City F Pat McBride, St. Louis

NASL Final 1970[edit]

Northern Champions Aggregate Southern Champions First leg Second leg Attendance
Rochester Lancers 4–3[1] Washington Darts 3–0 1–3 September 5 • Aquinas Memorial Stadium • 9,321
September 13 • Brookland Stadium • 5,543

First leg[edit]

Rochester Lancers[5][6]3–0Washington Darts
Costa Goal 26' (Kankam)
Costa Goal 61' (Ofori)
Marotte Goal 72' (pen.)
Attendance: 9,321
Referee: Mike Ashkenazi

Second leg[edit]

Washington Darts3–1Rochester Lancers
DeLeon Goal 44' (pen.)
Gyau Goal 49' (Grell)
Browne Goal 65' (Archibald)
Report Costa Goal 40' (Metidieri)

1970 NASL Champions: Rochester Lancers

Post season awards[edit]


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  2. ^ Dunn, Don (17 September 1970). "Pele Amazing to Soccer Experts, Meets Darts Tomorrow at RFK". Cumberland Evening Times. Retrieved 6 February 2018.
  3. ^ "NASL Homepage". Web.archive.org. 2008-05-01. Archived from the original on May 1, 2008. Retrieved 2014-01-13.
  4. ^ "Steve Dimitry's NASL Web Page". Oocities.org. Retrieved 2014-01-13.
  5. ^ "Previo Campeones: Rochester Lancers Capturan Titulo En 1970". 15 Sep 2015. Retrieved 2016-01-22.
  6. ^ Loj, Alex (September 6, 1970). "Lancers Defeat Darts". Rochester Democrat and Chronicle. p. 1D. Retrieved August 3, 2017.
  7. ^ Stolze, Craig (September 14, 1970). "Lancers Soccer Champs". Rochester Democrat and Chronicle. p. 1D. Retrieved August 3, 2017.