1980 Fort Lauderdale Strikers season

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Fort Lauderdale Strikers
1980 season
Owner United States Elizabeth Robbie
General Manager Canada Bob Lemieux[1] (fired Oct. 14)
United States Tim Robbie
Manager Netherlands Cor van der Hart
Stadium Lockhart Stadium
NASL Division:Second Place
NASL Championship: Finalist
Top goalscorer League:
Peru Teófilo Cubillas
Germany Gerd Müller
(14 goals)

All:
Peru Teófilo Cubillas
(18 goals)
Average home league attendance 14,360
Home colors
Away colors

The 1980 Fort Lauderdale Strikers season was the fourth season of the Fort Lauderdale Striker's team, and the club's fourteenth season in professional soccer. This year the team made it to the finals of North American Soccer League by reaching the Soccer Bowl. They were this year's Runners-up.

Background[edit]

Review[edit]

Competitions[edit]

Friendlies[edit]

Fort Lauderdale finished their preseason exhibition schedule with one victory over an NCAA Division II squad, and two draw versus Peruvian First Division teams three losses against NASL clubs and one loss to an NCAA Division II team.[2][3] The also fell to Sunderland A.F.C. in a midseason friendly in May.

Results summaries[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
March 2, 1980 FIU Sunblazers FIU South Campus 2–3 ???, ???
March 9, 1980 Miami Dade North Sharks Dade North Stadium 8–0 Müller (3), Bonvallet (3), Cubillas, Cacciatore
March 12, 1980 Detroit Express Leonard High School 0–1
March 16, 1980 Detroit Express Bryant Stadium 1–2(SO) Nico Bodonczy
March 19, 1980 Minnesota Kicks Coral Springs High School 0–1
March 21, 1980 Atlanta Chiefs Lockhart Stadium MATCH CANCELED
March 22, 1980 Alianza Lima Estadio Alianza 1–1 35,000 David Irving
March 24, 1980 Club Universitario Estadio Alianza 1–1 35,000 Gerd Müller
May 14, 1980 Sunderland A.F.C. Lockhart Stadium 1–2 4,649[4] Ray Hudson (pk)

NASL regular season[edit]

Results summaries[edit]

Results by round[edit]

Match reports[edit]

NASL Playoffs[edit]

Playoffs

In 1979 and 1980, if a playoff series was tied at one victory each, a full 30 minute mini-game was played. If neither team held an advantage after the 30 minutes, the teams would then move on to a shoot-out to determine a series winner.[5]

First round[edit]

Lower seed Higher seed Game 1 Game 2 Mini-game
California Surf - Fort Lauderdale Strikers 1–2 2–0 0–1 (SO, 2–3) August 28 • Anaheim Stadium • 2,929
August 31 • Lockhart Stadium • 15,282

Conference Semifinals[edit]

Lower seed Higher seed Game 1 Game 2 Mini-game
Edmonton Drillers - Fort Lauderdale Strikers 0–1 3–2 (SO, 2–1) 0 - 3 September 3 • Commonwealth Stadium • 18,029
September 6 • Lockhart Stadium • 17,380

Conference Championship[edit]

Lower seed Higher seed Game 1 Game 2 Mini-game
San Diego Sockers - Fort Lauderdale Strikers 1–2 4–2 0–3 September 11 • San Diego Stadium • 27,635
September 13 • Lockhart Stadium • 18,420

Soccer Bowl '80[edit]

September 21[6]
12:44 pm EDT[7]
New York Cosmos 3–0 Fort Lauderdale Strikers
Romero (Chinaglia, Bogićević) Goal 47:55'
Chinaglia (Davis, Rijsbergen) Goal 70:06'
Chinaglia (Cabañas) Goal 87:07'
RFK Stadium, Washington, D.C.
Attendance: 50,768[8]
Referee: Paul Avis[9]

Bracket[edit]

  Conference Quarterfinals Conference Semifinals Conference Championships Soccer Bowl '80
                                         
 Chicago Sting 1 3 1(0)  
 San Diego Sockers 2 2 1(3)  
   San Diego Sockers 6 0 1(2)  
   Tampa Bay Rowdies 3 6 1(0)  
 Tampa Bay Rowdies 1 4 -
 New England Tea Men 0 0 -  
   San Diego Sockers 1 4 0  
   Fort Lauderdale Strikers 2 2 3  
 Edmonton Drillers 2 0 1  
 Houston Hurricane 1 1 0  
   Edmonton Drillers 0 2(2) 0
   Fort Lauderdale Strikers 1 2(1) 3  
 Fort Lauderdale Strikers 2 0 0(3)
 California Surf 1 2 0(2)  
   Fort Lauderdale Strikers 0
   New York Cosmos 3
 New York Cosmos 3 8 -  
 Tulsa Roughnecks 1 1 -  
   New York Cosmos 3 0 3
   Dallas Tornado 2 3 0  
 Dallas Tornado 1 2 -
 Minnesota Kicks 0 0 -  
   New York Cosmos 2 3 -
   Los Angeles Aztecs 1 1 -  
 Los Angeles Aztecs 0 1(5) 2  
 Washington Diplomats 1 1(4) 0  
   Los Angeles Aztecs 3 0 1(2)
   Seattle Sounders 0 4 1(0)  
 Seattle Sounders 2 3 -
 Vancouver Whitecaps 1 1 -  

Match reports[edit]

Statistics[edit]

Transfers[edit]

References[edit]