1976 American Soccer League

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American Soccer League
-1976 Season-
Season1976
ChampionsLos Angeles Skyhawks
PremiersLos Angeles Skyhawks
Top goalscorerJim Hinch (13)
José Neto
1975
1977

Statistics of American Soccer League II in season 1976.

League standings[edit]

Scoring system is as follows: Teams are awarded five points for a win and two points for a draw. Teams earn a bonus point for each goal scored up to three.
G = games played, W = wins, D = draws, L = losses, GF = goal for, GA = goals against, BP = bonus points, PTS = points

Eastern Division G W D L GF GA BP PTS
New York Apollo 21 10 3 8 29 25 29 85
Rhode Island Oceaneers 21 9 3 9 31 23 31 82
#Chicago Cats 20 10 3 7 25 22 24 80
#Cleveland Cobras 20 8 4 8 27 32 26 80
Connecticut Yankees 21 9 0 12 35 40 30 75
New Jersey Americans 21 6 4 11 26 38 25 63
Western Division G W D L GF GA BP PTS
Los Angeles Skyhawks 21 13 6 2 41 15 35 112
Tacoma Tides 21 10 6 5 40 23 31 93
*Utah Golden Spikers/Pioneers 20 10 3 7 28 22 28 84
Oakland Buccaneers 18 6 2 10 29 39 25 59
Sacramento Spirits 21 4 3 14 25 52 25 51

#Chicago Cats were declared by ASL commissioner Bob Cousy to have forfeited an unplayed, season-ending match against Cleveland. The forfeit leveled the two teams with 80 points. At the same time time Commissioner Cousy controversially gave the final playoff spot to Cleveland, even though Chicago held the first two tiebreakers; wins and goal-differential.[1][2][3]

*Golden Spikers expelled from league during the season and replaced by Pioneers franchise.[4]

Playoffs[edit]

Bracket[edit]

  Division semifinals     Division finals     ASL Championship
                           
        W1 Los Angeles Skyhawks 2  
  W2 Tacoma Tides 2     W2 Tacoma Tides 1    
  W3 Utah Pioneers 1         W1 Los Angeles Skyhawks 2
      E1 New York Apollo 1
        E1 New York Apollo 2    
  E2 Rhode Island Oceaneers 2     E2 Rhode Island Oceaneers 1  
  E3 Cleveland Cobras 1  

Division semifinals[edit]

August 19 Tacoma Tides 2–1 Utah Pioneers Cheney Stadium • Att. ???

August 20 Rhode Island Oceaneers 2–1 Cleveland Cobras Pierce Memorial Field • Att. ???

Division finals[edit]

August 21 New York Apollo 2–1 Rhode Island Oceaneers Hofstra Stadium • Att. ???

August 21 Los Angeles Skyhawks 2–1(OT) Tacoma Tides Birmingham Stadium • Att. 7,778

Championship final[edit]

Los Angeles Skyhawks (CA)2–1New York Apollo (NY)
Alty McKenzie Red card (1st Half)'
Jimmy Hinch Goal 70' (Rolland)
Ane Mihailovich Goal 83' (pen.)
Report Danny Doran Goal 38'
Attendance: 9,379
Referee: (USA)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "American Soccer League standings". The Ithaca Journal (New York). August 16, 1976. p. 14. Retrieved 2019-02-09.
  2. ^ "Cobras Get Third Spot In Playoffs". The Marion Star (Ohio). August 17, 1976. p. 10. Retrieved 2019-02-09.
  3. ^ Florio, Nails (August 26, 1976). "Cats are clobbered by Commissioner Cousy". The News Journal (Chicago, Illinois). p. Sec. 2, pg. 1. Retrieved 2019-02-09.
  4. ^ "New franchise awarded, Spikers now Pioneers". The Daily Spectrum (Saint George Utah). August 10, 1976. p. 6. Retrieved 2018-08-25.