1973 North American Soccer League season
|Goals scored||246 (2.73 per match)|
|Top goalscorer||Warren Archibald|
|Longest unbeaten run||13, Philadelphia|
|Highest attendance||21,700 (Dallas @ Phil)|
|Lowest attendance||1,100 (NY @ Montreal)|
During the season, Tiburones Rojos de Veracruz from Vera Cruz, Mexico, played each of the nine NASL clubs in exhibition games that counted in the league's final standings. The 1973 season would be the last season in which games from non-league clubs counted in league standings.
In a unique twist, the team with home field for the NASL Championship Game determined the date and time the game was to be played. When the Dallas Tornado won their semi-final, setting up the final with Philadelphia, they chose August 25 as the date of the game. They did this because the NASL loan agreements with players from the English First Division (the precursor to today's Premier League) expired before that date.
Because of this, Philadelphia's two leading scorers, Andy "The Flea" Provan and Jim Fryatt, were on their way back to England when the championship match was played on the 25th. Despite this, Philadelphia coach, Al Miller, put Bill Straub, a defender who had not played a minute for the club prior to the championship game, into the lineup at forward. The move paid off as Straub headed home the second goal in a 2-0 win with under five minutes remaining in the final.
Changes from the Previous Season
- Philadelphia Atoms join the league
- Atlanta is renamed Apollos
- Miami is renamed Toros
W = Wins, L = Losses, T= Ties, GF = Goals For, GA = Goals Against, BP = Bonus Points, PTS= Total Points
6 points for a win, 3 points for a tie, 0 points for a loss, 1 bonus point for each goal scored up to three per game.
- -Premiers (most points). -Other playoff teams.
|New York Cosmos||7||5||7||31||23||28||91|
|St. Louis Stars||7||7||5||27||27||25||82|
|First Team||Position||Second Team||Honorable Mention|
|Ken Cooper, Dallas||G||Bob Rigby, Philadelphia||Sam Nusum, Montreal|
|John Best, Dallas||D||Bob Smith, Philadelphia||John Sewell, St. Louis|
|Chris Dunleavy, Philadelphia||D||Derek Trevis, Philadelphia||Barry Barto, Philadelphia|
|David Sadler, Miami||D||Dick Hall, Dallas||Werner Roth, New York|
|Brian Rowan, Toronto||D||Roy Evans, Philadelphia||John Collins, Dallas|
|Ilija Mitic, Dallas||M||Pat McBride, St. Louis||Al Trost, St. Louis|
|Fernando Pinto, Toronto||M||Francisco Escos, Rochester||Roy Turner, Dallas|
|Ian McPhee, Toronto||M||Roberto Aguirre, Miami||George O'Neill, Philadelphia|
|Andy Provan, Philadelphia||F||Joey Fink, New York||Paul Child, Atlanta|
|Jim Fryatt, Philadelphia||F||Rick Reynolds, Dallas||Kyle Rote Jr., Dallas|
|Warren Archibald, Miami||F||Randy Horton, New York||Nick Jennings, Dallas|
All playoff games in all rounds including the NASL Final were single game elimination match ups.
|Semifinals||NASL Final 1973|
|4||New York Cosmos||0|
|August 15||New York Cosmos||0–1||Dallas Tornado||Texas Stadium • Att. 9,009|
|August 18||Toronto Metros||0–3||Philadelphia Atoms||Veterans Stadium • Att. 18,766|
NASL Final 1973
|Dallas Tornado||0–2||Philadelphia Atoms|
|Best 66' (o.g.)
Straub 85' (Evans)
1973 NASL Champions: Philadelphia Atoms
Post season awards
- Most Valuable Player: Warren Archibald, Miami
- Coach of the year: Al Miller, Philadelphia
- Rookie of the year: Kyle Rote, Jr., Dallas
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