Chicago Power

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Chicago Power
Chicago Power
Full name Chicago Power
Founded 1988
Dissolved 1996
Stadium UIC Pavilion
Rosemont Horizon
Ground Capacity 8,378
Owner Ron Bergstrom
League National Professional Soccer League
American Indoor Soccer Association
Tim O'Brien (goaltender 1994–96)

The Chicago Power were an indoor soccer club based in Chicago, Illinois that competed in the American Indoor Soccer Association and National Professional Soccer League.[1]

After the 1995–96 season, the team was sold to Peter Pocklington, moved and became the Edmonton Drillers.[2]

Year-by-year[edit]

Year Division League Reg. Season Playoffs Avg. Attendance
1988–89 N/A AISA 3rd Final
1989–90 N/A AISA 3rd, National 1st Round 3,602
1990–91 N/A NPSL 1st, National Champions 2,459
1991–92 N/A NPSL 1st, National Semifinals 4,612
1992–93 N/A NPSL 3rd, National 1st Round 4,909
1993–94 N/A NPSL 5th, National Did not qualify 4,515
1994–95 N/A NPSL 6th, National Did not qualify 3,333
1995–96 N/A NPSL 6th, National Did not qualify 2,847

Outdoor play[edit]

Although the Power was primarily known only as an indoor team, in the summer of 1992 they formed a full outdoor squad.[3] Home matches were played at St. Charles High School's Norris Stadium and at Hanson Stadium on the Northwest Side.[4] In addition to several exhibition matches[5] they participated in the 1992 Professional Cup alongside five APSL and two CSL clubs. Chicago also took part in another international series dubbed Copa Chicago '92[6] which included Liga MX's Tecos F.C. and Tigres UANL and the APSL's Miami Freedom.[7][8] They finished last in both competitions. In eight outdoor matches that year the Power won only once, lost five times, while drawing twice.[9] In 1993 several other APSL clubs joined them in summer outdoor play.[10]

1992 Outdoor results[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goal Scorers Ref.
June 21, 1992 Colorado Foxes Englewood Stadium 0–2 [11]
June 27, 1992 Colorado Foxes Norris Stadium 1–1 1,479 Batata [12]
July 10, 1992 Tigres UANL Mexico Hanson Stadium 1–2 3,000 est. Richard Cordosa [13]
July 12, 1992 Miami Freedom Hanson Stadium 1–3 3,200 est. Art Wywrot [6]
July 22, 1992 San Francisco Bay Blackhawks Buck Shaw Stadium 0–2 2,050 [14]
July 27, 1992 Torpedo Minsk Belarus East McCully Field 1–0 ??? [15][16]
August 8, 1992 Cruz Azul Mexico Hanson Stadium 2–2 7,000 est. Pato Margetic, Mirko Castillo [17]
August 19, 1992 San Francisco Bay Blackhawks Norris Stadium 2–3 Ken Snow, Pato Margetic [18][19]

Notable players[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Knowles, Joseph (February 12, 1989). "Indoor League`s Name Doesn`t Tell The Story". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved September 18, 2016. 
  2. ^ Fisher, Bob (August 24, 1996). "Power Sold, Moving To Edmonton". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved September 18, 2016. 
  3. ^ Ziehm, Len (July 12, 1992). "Great Outdoors Risky For Struggling Power". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved 2016-06-12. 
  4. ^ Knowles, Joseph (June 16, 1992). "Power Forms New Club To Play Outdoor Slate". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2016-06-11. 
  5. ^ "Power Ties In Outdoor Exhibition". Chicago Tribune. June 28, 1992. Retrieved 2016-06-11. 
  6. ^ a b "No Consolation for Power". Chicago Sun-Times. July 13, 1992. Retrieved 2016-06-12. 
  7. ^ Knowles, Joseph (June 27, 1992). "Power`s 2nd Outdoor Venture Another Test For Rensink". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2016-06-11. 
  8. ^ Burns, Marty (June 24, 1993). "Power Tops Polish Team In Exhibition". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2016-06-12. 
  9. ^ "Tournament Loss Closes Power's Outdoor Season". Chicago Tribune. August 20, 1992. Retrieved 2016-06-13. 
  10. ^ Knowles, Joe (May 9, 1993). "Power To Play 12 Outdoor Games This Summer". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved July 15, 2016. 
  11. ^ Ziehm, Len (June 26, 1992). "Power Returns For Outdoors". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved 2016-07-16. 
  12. ^ "Power Ties In Outdoor Exhibition". Chicago Tribune. June 28, 1992. Retrieved June 11, 2016. 
  13. ^ Ziehm, Len (July 11, 1992). "MSL Folds; Rival NPSL Sees Growth". Chicago-Sun Times. Retrieved July 15, 2016. 
  14. ^ "Blackhawks turn out lights on Power in Professional Cup series opener". The Star-News. July 25, 1992. Retrieved June 22, 2016. 
  15. ^ Ziehm, Len (July 31, 1992). "New Foes Await Power". Chicago-Sun Times. Retrieved July 15, 2016. 
  16. ^ "Briefs". Chicago Tribune. July 14, 1992. Retrieved July 15, 2016. 
  17. ^ Rosewater, Amy (August 9, 1992). "Power Gains Tie With Cruz Azul". Chicago-Sun Times. Retrieved July 15, 2016. 
  18. ^ Rosewater, Amy (August 19, 1992). "Power Battles San Francisco In Tourney". Chicago-Sun Times. Retrieved July 15, 2016. 
  19. ^ "Tournament Loss Closes Power's Outdoor Season". Chicago Tribune. August 20, 1992. Retrieved June 13, 2016.