San Francisco Golden Gate Gales

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This article is about the United Soccer Association team. For the team that played one season in the ASL, see Golden Gate Gales
Golden Gate Gales
SFrancisco Gales logo.png
Full name San Francisco Golden Gate Gales
Nickname(s) Gales
Founded 1967
Dissolved 1967
Stadium Candlestick Park
Ground Capacity 59,942
Owner George Fleharty
Manager Ernst Happel,
Ferenc Puskás
League United Soccer Association
1967 2nd of Western Division

The San Francisco Golden Gate Gales were a soccer team based in San Francisco, California, USA, that played in the United Soccer Association. The league was made up of teams imported from foreign leagues. The San Francisco club was actually the ADO Den Haag from The Hague in the Netherlands, coached by Ernst Happel. Their home ground was Candlestick Park.[1]

Once a local team was established they were set to be coached by the Hungarian soccer player Ferenc Puskás. However, following the 1967 season, the USA merged with the National Professional Soccer League to form the North American Soccer League with the teams from the former USA having to create their rosters from scratch. The Gales closed their franchise to yield to the Oakland Clippers and the owners bought a controlling interest in the Vancouver Royals.[2]


Year League W L T Pts Regular Season Playoffs
1967 USA 5 4 3 13 2nd(t), Western Division Did Not Qualify