1974 North American Soccer League season

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North American Soccer League -1974 Season-
Season1974
ChampionsLos Angeles Aztecs
PremiersLos Angeles Aztecs
Matches played150
Goals scored488 (3.25 per match)
Top goalscorerPaul Child
(15 goals)
Longest winning run8, Los Angeles
Highest attendance24,093 (Denver @ Phil)
Lowest attendance1,153 (NY @ Boston)
Average attendance7,825
1973
1975

Statistics of North American Soccer League in season 1974. This was the 7th season of the NASL.[1]

Overview[edit]

Fifteen teams comprised the league with the Los Angeles Aztecs winning the championship in a penalty kick shootout over the Miami Toros.

Changes from the Previous Season[edit]

Teams folding[edit]

  • Atlanta Apollos
  • Montreal Olympique

Teams joining[edit]

Rules Changes[edit]

The league decided to do away with tie games. If a match was tied after 90 minutes, the teams would go directly to a standard penalty shootout with no extra time played. The outcome would appear in the standings as a 'tie-win'. The tie-winner would gain three points, plus goals in regulation, while the loser of the tie-breaker received no points, except for regulation goals.[1] Including the 1974 NASL Final, 33 matches were decided using this method.

Regular season[edit]

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

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

    -Premiers (most points).     -Other playoff teams.
Northern Division W L T GF GA PT
Boston Minutemen 10 9 1 36 23 94
Toronto Metros 9 10 1 30 31 87
Rochester Lancers 8 10 2 23 30 77
New York Cosmos 4 14 2 28 40 58
Eastern Division W L T GF GA PT
Miami Toros 9 5 6 38 24 107
Baltimore Comets 10 8 2 42 46 105
Philadelphia Atoms 8 11 1 25 25 74
Washington Diplomats 7 12 1 29 36 70
Central Division W L T GF GA PT
Dallas Tornado 9 8 3 39 27 100
St. Louis Stars 4 15 1 27 42 54
Denver Dynamos 5 15 0 21 42 49
Western Division W L T GF GA PT
Los Angeles Aztecs 11 7 2 41 36 110
San Jose Earthquakes 9 8 3 43 38 103
Seattle Sounders 10 7 3 37 17 101
Vancouver Whitecaps 5 11 4 29 31 70

NASL All-Stars[edit]

First Team[2][3]   Position   Second Team Honorable Mention
Barry Watling, Seattle G Bob Rigby, Philadelphia Ian McKechnie, Boston
Dick Hall, Dallas D Ralph Wright, Miami Bobby Smith, Philadelphia
Albert Jackson, Dallas D Derek Trevis, Philadelphia Patrick Greenwood, Boston
Chris Dunleavy, Philadelphia D Jim Gabriel, Seattle Laurie Calloway, San Jose
Geoff Butler, Baltimore D Brian Rowan, Toronto Charlie Mitchell, Rochester
Ronnie Sharp, Miami M Hank Liotart, Seattle Alan Spavin, Washington
Ilija Mitic, Dallas M Luis Marotte, Los Angeles Roy Sinclair, Seattle
Roberto Aguirre, Miami M Fernando Pinto, Toronto Dieter Zajdel, San Jose
Paul Child, San Jose F Ade Coker, Boston Steve David, Miami
John Rowlands, Seattle F Doug McMillan, Los Angeles Jim Fryatt, Philadelphia
Peter Silvester, Baltimore F Warren Archibald, Miami Randy Horton, New York

Playoffs[edit]

All playoff games in all rounds including the NASL Final were single game elimination match ups.

Bracket[edit]

  Quarter-finals     Semi-finals     NASL Final 1974
                           
        W1 Los Angeles Aztecs 2  
  N1 Boston Minutemen 1     N1 Boston Minutemen 0    
  E2 Baltimore Comets 0         W1 Los Angeles Aztecs 3(5)
      E1 Miami Toros 3(3)
        C1 Dallas Tornado 1    
  C1 Dallas Tornado 3     E1 Miami Toros 3  
  W2 San Jose Earthquakes 0  

Quarterfinals[edit]

August 14 San Jose Earthquakes 0–3 Dallas Tornado Texas Stadium • Att. 8,652

August 15 Baltimore Comets 0–1 Boston Minutemen Alumni Stadium • Att. 9,713

Semifinals[edit]

August 17 Boston Minutemen 0–2 Los Angeles Aztecs ELAC Stadium • Att. 5,485

August 17 Dallas Tornado 1–3 Miami Toros Tamiami Stadium[4][5] • Att. 5,045

NASL Final 1974[edit]

Miami Toros3–3Los Angeles Aztecs
Wright Goal 17'
Sharp Penalty missed 48' (pen.)
Moraldo Goal 72' (o.g.)
Aranguiz Goal 87'
de Rienzo Goal 26' (pen.)
Costa Goal 78'
McMillan Goal 88'
Penalties
Aguirre Penalty scored
Sharp Penalty scored
Mallender Penalty scored
Verdi Penalty missed
3–5 Penalty scored Zanotti
Penalty scored Banhoffer
Penalty scored Marotte
Penalty scored Filotis
Penalty scored Douglas
Attendance: 15,507
Referee: John Davies (USA)[6][7][8][9]

1974 NASL Champions: Los Angeles Aztecs

Post season awards[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "The Year in American Soccer - 1974". Homepages.sover.net. 2003-10-04. Retrieved 2014-01-13.
  2. ^ "NASL Homepage". Web.archive.org. 2008-05-01. Archived from the original on May 1, 2008. Retrieved 2014-01-13.
  3. ^ "Steve Dimitry's NASL Web Page". Oocities.org. Retrieved 2014-01-13.
  4. ^ http://football-miami-n-beyond.blogspot.com/2010/10/ft-lauderdale-strikers-history-part-ii.html
  5. ^ https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=2206&dat=19740814&id=UDw0AAAAIBAJ&sjid=yesFAAAAIBAJ&pg=4217,1489454&hl=en
  6. ^ "The Press-Courier - Google News Archive Search". news.google.com. Retrieved 2014-01-23.
  7. ^ "St. Petersburg Times - Google News Archive Search". news.google.com. Retrieved 2014-01-23.
  8. ^ Dan Levin (1974-09-02). "A bizarre overtime kicking contest enabled the Los - 09.02.74 - SI Vault". Sportsillustrated.cnn.com. Retrieved 2014-01-13.
  9. ^ "Lodi News-Sentinel - Google News Archive Search". news.google.com. Retrieved 2014-01-23.

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