NASL Final 1974

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NASL Final 1974
Event NASL Final
Penalty Shoot-out 5-3
Date August 25, 1974 (1974-08-25)
Venue Orange Bowl, Miami, Florida
Referee John Davies
Attendance 15,507
1973
1975

NASL Final 1974 was the North American Soccer League's postseason championship game of the 1974 season. The event was contested in a single-game match between the Los Angeles Aztecs and the Miami Toros. The match was held on August 25, 1974 at the Orange Bowl, in Miami, Florida. The teams played to a 3–3 draw, and after a short break the game moved directly to a penalty shoot-out. Los Angeles won the shoot-out 5–3, and were crowned the 1974 NASL champions.[1][2][3]

Background[edit]

The Los Angeles Aztecs qualified for the playoffs by virtue of winning the Western Division with 110 points. The point total earned them a quarterfinal bye in the playoffs. The Aztecs defeated the Northern Division champion Boston Minutemen, 2–0 in a semifinal game played on August 17, 1974 to advance to the finals.

The Miami Toros qualified for the playoffs by virtue of winning the Eastern Division with 107 points. They were also given a quarterfinal bye in the playoffs. The Toros defeated the Central Division champion Dallas Tornado, 3–1 in a semifinal game played on August 17, 1974 to advance to the finals.

Game site controversy[edit]

Although the Aztecs had a league-best record and rightly should have hosted the championship final, CBS intervened and strongly influenced the NASL's decision to play the match in Miami. CBS was under contract to air the game live and was unwilling to black-out the large Southern California viewing audience. At the time it was the standard in many US-based sports for the host market not to broadcast games locally unless they were sold out. At the time, the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum had a capacity of 94,500 and, even in a best-case scenario, an Aztecs sell-out was unlikely. Moreover, in an effort by CBS to capture more viewers during the peak East Coast time slot, a Los Angeles-hosted game would have begun at 12:30 (PDT) local time.

The league recognized that both these factors would be detrimental to ticket sales and agreed to moved the game to the Miami Orange Bowl with a 3:30 (EDT) local start. CBS had also stepped in the previous week and forced the Toros to play their semi-final match at the much-smaller Tamiami Stadium in Tamiami Park. This was done so that if Miami won, their crews would have a full week for production set-up.[4]

Game summary[edit]

Championship results[edit]

August 25
3:30 pm EDT
Los Angeles Aztecs 3–3 Miami Toros
de Rienzo Goal 26' (pen.)
Costa Goal 78'
McMillan Goal 88'
Wright Goal 17'
Sharp Penalty missed 48' (pen.)
Moraldo Goal 72' (o.g.)
Aránguiz Goal 87'
  Penalties  
Zanotti Penalty scored
Banhoffer Penalty scored
Marotte Penalty scored
Filotis Penalty scored
Douglas Penalty scored
5–3 Penalty scored Aguirre
Penalty scored Sharp
Penalty scored Mallender
Penalty missed Verdi
Orange Bowl, Miami, Florida
Attendance: 15,507
Referee: John Davies[5][6][7][8]
Los Angeles[9][10]
Miami[11]

1974 NASL Champions: Los Angeles Aztecs

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