Victor Moreland

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Vic Moreland
Personal information
Full name Victor "the legend" Moreland
Date of birth (1957-06-15) 15 June 1957 (age 60)
Place of birth Belfast, Northern Ireland
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Playing position Midfielder / Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1973–1978 Glentoran 159 (27)
1978 Tulsa Roughnecks (loan) 28 (0)
1978–1980 Derby County 42 (1)
1980–1984 Tulsa Roughnecks 136 (14)
1980–1981 Tulsa Roughnecks (indoor) 18 (7)
1984–1985 Chicago Sting (indoor) 38 (11)
1985–1988 Dallas Sidekicks (indoor) 144 (27)
1988–1991 Wichita Wings (indoor) 125 (20)
1989–1991 Fort Lauderdale Strikers
1991–1992 Tulsa Ambush (indoor)
1994–1996 Tulsa Roughnecks
National team
1978 Northern Ireland U-21 1 (0)
1978–1979 Northern Ireland 6 (1)
Teams managed
1990–1991 Fort Lauderdale Strikers (assistant)
1991–1992 Tulsa Ambush
1995–1996 Tulsa Roughnecks
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Victor "Vic" Moreland (born 15 June 1957 in Belfast) is a retired professional footballer from Northern Ireland who began his career in Northern Ireland, spent two seasons in the Football League before moving to the United States. He then played six seasons in the North American Soccer League, seven in the Major Indoor Soccer League as well as several seasons in several lower division indoor and outdoor leagues.

Club career[edit]

Moreland began his career as a midfielder with Glentoran in 1973. In 1978, Glentoran sent him on loan to the Tulsa Roughnecks of the North American Soccer League.[1] He returned to Ireland and began the 1978–1979 season with them before Glentoran sold him and Billy Caskey to Derby County for £90,000 in September 1978. He played two seasons with Derby before the team sold his contract, along with Caskey's to the Tulsa Roughnecks for $100,000 in 1980.

The NASL ran an indoor season during the 1980–1981 winter. Up to this time, Moreland had played as a defensive midfielder, but beginning with the 1981 NASL outdoor season, he moved permanently to the backline. In 1984, he was named to the All League Second Team.[2] In the fall of 1984, he moved to the Chicago Sting of the Major Indoor Soccer League. On 18 September 1985, the Sting sold his contract to the Dallas Sidekicks. On 15 June 1988, the Sidekicks released him to reduce the team's player salaries. He signed with the Wichita Wings on 1 July 1988.[1]

In June 1989, he returned to outdoor soccer with the Fort Lauderdale Strikers of the American Soccer League.[3] That year, the Strikers won the league title, then defeated the San Diego Nomads of the Western Soccer League for the first national outdoor championship since the demise of the NASL in 1984.[4] On 18 June 1989, the Cleveland Crunch selected Moreland in the MISL expansion draft. However, he refused to sign with Cleveland and the Crunch allowed him to sign with the Wings in September 1989 in return for an undisclosed amount of cash and the Wing's first round selection in the 1990 MISL Draft.[5] He remained with the Wings until the spring of 1991. In the summer of 1990 and 1991, he played for the Strikers, this time also adding duties as an assistant coach.

In August 1991, he was named as a player-coach with the Tulsa Ambush in the National Professional Soccer League.[6] Moreland retired in 1992. He came out of retirement in November 1994, to play for the Tulsa Roughnecks in the 1994–1995 USISL indoor season.[7] He continued to play for the Roughnecks during the 1995 USISL outdoor season, then became the head coach of the Roughnecks for the 1995–1996 indoor season.[8] He remained with the team until the start of the 1996 outdoor season, when he stepped down as coach. He continued to play sporadically for the Roughnecks into the 1997–1998 indoor season, filling in when ever injuries caught the team shorthanded. He founded, and continues to run, the Tulsa Nationals Soccer Academy in 1995.[9]

National team[edit]

In March 1978, Moreland played one game with the Northern Ireland U-21 team. On 29 November 1978, he earned his first of six caps with the Northern Ireland national football team against Bulgaria. He scored his only goal with the national team in a 5–1 loss to England on 17 October 1979. His last international game came a month later when Northern Ireland defeated Ireland on 21 November 1979.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Brucculeri, Jeff (January 30, 2014). "Soccer great Victor Moreland liked what he discovered in Tulsa in 1978". Tulsa Beacon. Retrieved February 3, 2014. 
  2. ^ NASL All Star Teams Archived 11 August 2015 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ "STRIKERS SIGN MORELAND ON EVE OF 2-GAME TRIP" Miami Herald Saturday, 10 June 1989
  4. ^ Fort Lauderdale rallies to defeat San Diego Nomads
  5. ^ "MORELAND RETURNS TO WINGS' FOLD WICHITA GIVES UP CASH, '90 DRAFT PICK" Wichita Eagle, The (KS) Friday, 29 September 1989
  6. ^ "Former Roughneck Moreland to Be Player-Coach for Tulsa" Tulsa World Friday, 2 August 1991
  7. ^ "Mooreland, Roughnecks Play Wichita" Tulsa World Saturday, 19 November 1994
  8. ^ "Moreland Will Coach Roughnecks" Tulsa World Wednesday, 27 September 1995
  9. ^ Former pro soccer player organizes children's program

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