1983 Fort Lauderdale Strikers indoor season

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Fort Lauderdale Strikers
1983 season
Manager India David Chadwick
Stadium Tulsa Fairgrounds Pavilion
Bayfront Center
Montreal Forum
NASL indoor Indoor Grand Prix: Fourth place
Top goalscorer Canada Branko Šegota (10)
Home colors
Away colors

The 1983 Fort Lauderdale Strikers season was the Team's third season of indoor soccer in the North American Soccer League. It was part of the club's seventeenth season in professional soccer. Previously, the NASL indoor league was held during the winter season between two years such as the 1981–82 season in which the team did not participate. This year, because five NASL teams elected not to play indoor while three others played in the MISL, the format changed to a round-robin tournament known as the 1983 NASL Grand Prix of Indoor Soccer. The Strikers finished the tournament in fourth place. This would be the last year of the Fort Lauderdale Strikers indoor team as it sat out the 1983–84 NASL Indoor season and the club moved to Minnesota.

Club[edit]

Roster[edit]

No. Position Player Nation
00 Goalkeeper Scarpelli, CraigCraig Scarpelli  United States
2 Defender Szatmari, AlexanderAlexander Szatmari  Romania
8 Defender Fowles, ColinColin Fowles  United States
10 Midfielder Cubillas, TeófiloTeófilo Cubillas  Chile
11 Forward Kidd, BrianBrian Kidd  England
12 Midfielder Strong, CarlCarl Strong  United States
13 Goalkeeper Tietjens, JimJim Tietjens  United States
14 Midfielder Weller, KeithKeith Weller  England
14 Forward Wegerle, SteveSteve Wegerle  South Africa
18 Forward Meschbach, RobertRobert Meschbach  Canada
20 Forward Šegota, BrankoBranko Šegota  Canada
21 Defender Whelan, TonyTony Whelan  England
24 Defender Bolitho, BobBob Bolitho  Canada
25 Defender Miller, BruceBruce Miller  Canada
unk Forward Parkinson, AndrewAndrew Parkinson  United States
unk Defender Kadupski, CharlieCharlie Kadupski  United States

Background[edit]

Review[edit]

Competitions[edit]

Preliminary round results[edit]

Round 1[edit]

played at Tulsa Fairgrounds Pavilion in Tulsa, Oklahoma[1]

January 21 Montreal Manic 6 – 3 Tampa Bay Rowdies Attendance: 3,522
Ft. Lauderdale Strikers 8 – 4 Tulsa Roughnecks

January 22 Montreal Manic 8 – 6 Ft. Lauderdale Strikers Attendance: 4,341
Tampa Bay Rowdies 7 – 2 Tulsa Roughnecks

Round 2[edit]

played at the Bayfront Center in St. Petersburg, Florida[2]

February 4 Montreal Manic 6 – 3 Ft. Lauderdale Strikers Attendance: 4,450
Tampa Bay Rowdies 7 – 6 Tulsa Roughnecks

February 5 Tulsa Roughnecks 7 – 4 Montreal Manic Attendance: 5,545
Tampa Bay Rowdies 10 – 6 Ft. Lauderdale Strikers

Round 3[edit]

played at the Tulsa Fairgrounds Pavilion in Tulsa, Oklahoma

February 11 Tampa Bay Rowdies 7 – 5 Ft. Lauderdale Strikers Attendance: 2,064
Tulsa Roughnecks 8 – 7 Montreal Manic

February 12 Montreal Manic 5 – 4 Tampa Bay Rowdies Attendance: 3,245
Tulsa Roughnecks 5 – 4 (OT) Ft. Lauderdale Strikers

Standings[edit]

G = Games, W = Wins, L = Losses, GF = Goals For, GA = Goals Against, GD = Goal Differential, PTS= point system

6 points awarded for a win. Beginning with the fourth goal, 1 bonus point awarded for each goal scored. Maximum of 5 bonus points per game.

Pos Team G W L GF GA GD PTS
1* Montreal Manic 6 4 2 36 31 +5 42
2 Tampa Bay Rowdies 6 4 2 38 31 +7 42
3 Tulsa Roughnecks 6 3 3 33 37 -4 33
4 Ft. Lauderdale Strikers 6 1 5 32 40 -8 20

*Montreal wins top seed based on 2-0 head-to-head edge over Tampa Bay

Match reports[edit]

Playoffs rounds[edit]

Semifinals Championship
           
1 Montreal Manic 11
4 Ft. Lauderdale Strikers 4
1 Montreal Manic 4
2 Tampa Bay Rowdies 5
2 Tampa Bay Rowdies 8
3 Tulsa Roughnecks 6

Semi-finals[edit]

played at the Montreal Forum in Montreal, Quebec

February 18 Tampa Bay Rowdies 8 – 6 Tulsa Roughnecks Attendance: 6,049[3]
February 18 Montreal Manic 11 – 4 Ft. Lauderdale Strikers

Third place match[edit]

played at the Montreal Forum in Montreal, Quebec (1:30 PM EDT)

February 20 Tulsa Roughnecks 9 – 4 Ft. Lauderdale Strikers Attendance: 7,895

Statistics[edit]

Leading Scorers Goals Assists Points
Laurie Abrahams (Tulsa) 12 6 30
Dale Mitchell (Montreal) 12 4 28
Branko Šegota (Ft. Lauderdale) 10 8 28
Dragan Vujovic (Montreal) 9 7 25
Teófilo Cubillas (Ft. Lauderdale) 8 9 25
Hugo Pérez (Tampa Bay) 10 4 24
Tatu (Tampa Bay) 9 5 23
Keith Weller (Ft. Laud./Tulsa) 8 7 23
Wes McLeod (Tampa Bay) 5 13 23
Njego Pesa (Tulsa) 9 4 22
Alan Willey (Montreal) 8 6 22
Steve Wegerle (Ft. Lauderdale) 7 6 20
Leading Goalkeepers Minutes GA GAA
Mehdi Cerbah (Montreal) 330 24 4.36
Jürgen Stars (Tampa Bay) 377 32 5.09
Craig Scarpelli (Ft. Lauderdale) 330 33 5.99
Winston DuBose (Tulsa) 486 49 6.05

Final Grand Prix Rankings[edit]

Pos Team G W L GF GA GD
1 Tampa Bay Rowdies 8 6 2 51 41 +10
2 Montreal Manic 8 5 3 51 40 +11
3 Tulsa Roughnecks 8 4 4 48 49 -1
4 Ft. Lauderdale Strikers 8 1 7 40 60 -20

Transfers[edit]

Date Position Player From club
4 February 1983 GK United States Craig Scarpelli[4] St. Louis Steamers
Date Position Player To club
4 February 1983 MF England Keith Weller[5] Tulsa Roughnecks

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