1978 Fort Lauderdale Strikers season

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Fort Lauderdale Strikers
1978 season
Owner United States Elizabeth Robbie
General Manager United States Beau Rodgers
Manager England Ron Newman
Stadium Lockhart Stadium
NASL American Conference: Finalist
Top goalscorer League:
England David Irving
(16 goals)

England David Irving
(23 goals)
Average home league attendance 10,479
Home colors
Away colors

The 1978 Fort Lauderdale Strikers season was the second season of the Fort Lauderdale Striker's team, and the club's twelfth season in professional soccer. This year the team were a finalist in the North American Soccer League American Conference.




NASL regular season[edit]

Results summaries[edit]

Results by round[edit]

Match reports[edit]

NASL Playoffs[edit]

Conference Quarterfinals[edit]

August 9 New England Tea Men 1–3 Ft. Lauderdale Strikers Schaefer Stadium • 18,672

Conference Semifinals[edit]

In 1978, if a playoff series was tied after two games, a 30 minute, golden goal, mini-game was played. If neither team scored in the mini-game, they would move on to a shoot-out to determine a series winner. *Teams were re-seeded for the Conference Semifinals based on regular season point totals. This affected only one of the four series; Tampa Bay versus San Diego.[1]

Higher seed Lower seed Game 1 Game 2 Mini-game (lower seed hosts Game 1)
Detroit Express - Ft. Lauderdale Strikers 3–4 (SO, 2–3) 1–0 0–1 August 13 • Lockhart Stadium • 11,517
August 16 • Pontiac Silverdome • 32,219

Conference Championships[edit]

Higher seed Lower seed Game 1 Game 2 Mini-game Attendance
Tampa Bay Rowdies - Ft. Lauderdale Strikers 2–3 3–1 1–0 (SO, 2–1) August 20 • Lockhart Stadium • 16,286
August 23 • Tampa Stadium • 37,249


Conference Quarterfinals Conference Semifinals Conference Championships Soccer Bowl '78
A1 Detroit Express 1
A8 Philadelphia Fury 0
A1 Detroit Express 1
A7 Fort Lauderdale Strikers 2
A2 New England Tea Men 1
A7 Fort Lauderdale Strikers 3
A7 Fort Lauderdale Strikers 1
A4 Tampa Bay Rowdies 2
A3 San Diego Sockers 2
A6 California Surf 1
A3 San Diego Sockers 1
A4 Tampa Bay Rowdies 2
A4 Tampa Bay Rowdies 3
A5 Chicago Sting 1
A4 Tampa Bay Rowdies 1
N1 Cosmos 3
N1 Cosmos 5
N8 Seattle Sounders 2
N1 Cosmos 2
N3 Minnesota Kicks 1
N3 Minnesota Kicks 3
N6 Tulsa Roughnecks 1
N1 Cosmos 2
N4 Portland Timbers 0
N2 Vancouver Whitecaps 4
N7 Toronto Metros-Croatia 0
N2 Vancouver Whitecaps 0
N4 Portland Timbers 2
N4 Portland Timbers 2
N5 Washington Diplomats 1

Match reports[edit]



See also[edit]

1978 Fort Lauderdale Strikers


  1. ^ Rosenblatt, Richard (August 16, 1978). "Complicated Playoffs May Kick Out Best NASL Team". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. p. 1-C. Retrieved 2013-07-03.