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1979-1993 Toronto Blizzard

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1979 Toronto Blizzard Media GuideNorth American Soccer League (1979-1984)
Canadian Soccer League (1987-1992)
American Professional Soccer League (1993)

Founded: February 1979 – Re-branded from Toronto Metros-Croatia.
Folded: Postseason 1993

Stadiums:

Arena: Maple Leaf Gardens (16,485)

Team Colors: Red, White & Reflex Blue

Owners:

  • 1979-1981: Global Television Network
  • 1981-????: York-Hanover

NASL Soccer Bowl Championships: None
CSL Championships: None
APSL Championships: None

 

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Toronto Blizzard Shop

Ian Plenderleith’s Definitive Account of “The Short Life & Fast Times of the North American Soccer League

 

Toronto Blizzard Memorabilia

 

Links

North American Soccer League Media Guides

North American Soccer League Programs

Canadian Soccer League Programs

American Professional Soccer League Programs

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1988-1991 Maryland Bays

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1991 Maryland Bays ProgramAmerican Soccer League (1988-1989)
American Professional Soccer League (1990-1991)

Born: 1987 – ASL founding franchise
Folded: January 20, 1992

Stadiums:

Team Colors:

Owners: Red, White, Black & Gold

APSL Champions: 1990

 

The Maryland Bays were one of the best pro soccer clubs in America during the late 1980’s and early 1990’s during an era when the outdoor game was at a particularly low ebb in the U.S.  Over the course of four seasons, the Bays posted a 79-31 record and won a national title in 1990. The 1991 Bays squad was perhaps even stronger, dominating the American Professional Soccer League with a 19-2 regular season record. But a stunning 1991 semi-final playoff defeat to the Albany Capitals prevented Maryland from defending its crown.

Bays forwards Philip Gyau and Jean Harbor won back-to-back APSL Most Valuable Player awards in 1990 and 1991. The club also featured U.S. National Team players Jeff Agoos, Desmond Armstrong and Bruce Murray.

The Bays split their games between UMBC Stadium in Catonsville and Cedar Lane Park in Columbia. The club also played a handful of games at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C.  The club consistently lost money every season. Co-owners John Liparini and John Koskinen announced the dissolution of the franchise in January 1992.

 

Maryland Bays Memorabilia

 

Downloads

July 2, 1988 Bays vs. Boston Bolts Game Notes

July 21, 1990 Bays vs. New Jersey Eagles Game Notes

June 16, 1991 Bays vs. Millonarios (Colombia) Roster Sheet

 

Links

American Soccer League Media Guides

American Soccer League Programs

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1986-1990 San Diego Nomads

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San Diego Nomads Media GuideWestern Soccer Alliance (1986-1988)
Western Soccer League (1989)
American Professional Soccer League (1990)

Born: 1986 – Western Soccer Alliance expansion franchise.
Died: Postseason 1990 – The Nomads drop to amateur/youth club status.

Stadiums:

Team Colors: White, Blue & Red

Owners:

 

The San Diego Nomads were a low-budget semi-pro/pro soccer club that competed during the late 1980’s, a period viewed as the Dark Ages for outdoor professional soccer in the United States.  After the demise of the North American Soccer League in 1984 there was no nationwide pro league in the country for the remainder of the decade.  The best players toiled indoors in the Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL), which was dominated by foreign players.

The city of San Diego happened to host the finest indoor team of the era.  The Sockers (1978-1996) were a former outdoor side turned indoor dynasty and they employed the highest paid soccer player in the United States at the end of the 1980’s – the Yugoslav striker Branko Segota, who earned $102,000 during the 1989-90 MISL season.

The Nomads entered the Western Soccer Alliance (1985-1988) quietly in the spring of 1986.  For the next four summers, the Nomads would compete as a semi-pro side.  U.S. National Team players like Marcelo Balboa and Paul Caligiuri played alongside high school players and moonlighting Sockers players such as Paul Dougherty and Paul Wright.

San Diego NomadsIn 1989, the Nomads won the Western Soccer League title with a semi-pro roster.  The victory earned them a meeting with the Fort Lauderdale Strikers of the East Coast-based American Soccer League to crown the so-called National Pro Soccer Champion.  The Strikers were a fully professional side, featuring many veterans of the old NASL.  The Nomads had three 17-year old high school players on the team and were missing five regular players for the title match due to NCAA commitments.  The Nomads took an early 1-0 lead, but ultimately were no match for the veteran Strikers and lost 3-1.  The match drew an impressive (for the era) 8,600 fans in the neutral site of San Jose’s Spartan Stadium on September 9th, 1989.

In 1990 the Western Soccer League merged with the American Soccer League to former the American Professional Soccer League (APSL).  Although teams continued to play a regional schedule, it was a baby step to the restoration of a fully professional league with a nationwide footprint.  The Nomads committed to field a pro side for the first time in 1990.  At the same time, the club shifted its home games from Balboa Stadium in San Diego to the campus of Southwestern College in Chula Vista.

The move to Chula Vista was a bust at the box office and the Nomads withdrew from professional play after the 1990 APSL season.  Like many lower-division American clubs of the 1990’s and 2000’s, the Nomads came to realize their real business was running academy programs at the youth level.  The Nomads still exist today as an academy program (www.nomadssoccer.org) and still use the same logo from their adult semi-pro/pro sides of a quarter century ago.

 

==San Diego Nomads Programs on Fun While It Lasted==

Season Date Opponent Score Program Other

1988

1988 6/19/1988 vs. F.C. Seattle Storm ?? Program

1989

1989 4/23/1989 vs. L.A. Heat L 2-1 (PKs) Program
1989 7/23/1989 vs. Portland Timbers W 1-0 (PKs) Program
1989 9/9/1989 Fort Lauderdale Strikers L 3-1 Program

1990

1990 4/7/1990 @ San Francisco Bay Blackhawks ?? Program
1990 8/4/1990 vs. California Emperors ?? Program

 

==Links==

American Professional Soccer League Media Guides

American Professional Soccer League Programs

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1975-1993 Tampa Bay Rowdies

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Tampa Bay Rowdies 1975North American Soccer League (1975-1984)
American Indoor Soccer Association (1986-1987)
American Soccer League (1988-1989)
American Professional Soccer League (1990-1993)

Born: 1974 – NASL expansion franchise.
Folded: January 31, 1994

Stadiums:

  • 1975-1990: Tampa Stadium (71,000)
  • 1991-1992: USF Soccer Stadium
  • 1993: Tampa Stadium

Arenas:

Team Colors: Green, Yellow & White

Owners:

 

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Tampa Bay Rowdies Shop


Rowdies Retro T-Shirt by Throwback Max

Rock n’ Roll Soccer: The Short Life & Fast Times of the North American Soccer League by Ian Plenderleith

 

Tampa Bay Rowdies Memorabilia

 

Rowdies Video

Rowdies versus Philadelphia Fury at Tampa Stadium. August 25, 1979

 

In Memoriam

Haitain defender Arsene Auguste (1975-1980) died of a heart attack on March 20th, 1993 at age 42.

Midfielder Glenn Myernick (1983-1984) suffered a heart attack while jogging.  Passed October 9, 2006 at 51 years old.

Defender Sandje Ivanchukov (1978-1980) passed away August 29, 2007 at the age of 47.

English mid Graham Paddon, who came over on loan from Norwich City in 1978, died November 19, 2007 at 57.

Defender Barry Kitchener, who played on loan from Millwall in 1979, died of cancer on March 30, 2012.  Kitchener was 64.

Pedro DeBrito, the 1982 NASL Rookie-of-the-Year with the Rowdies, died at 55 of injuries from a car accident. July 5th, 2014.

 

Links

North American Soccer League Media Guides

North American Soccer League Programs

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1987-2000 Vancouver 86ers

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Vancouver 86ersCanadian Soccer League (1987-1992)
American Professional Soccer League (1993-1996)
A-League (1997-2000)

Born: 1986 – CSL founding franchise.
Re-Branded: October 26, 2000 (Vancouver Whitecaps)

Stadium: Swangard Stadium (6,500)

Team Colors:

  • 1993-????: Red, Black & White

Owners:

 

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==Vancouver 86ers Programs on Fun While It Lasted==

Season Date Opponent Score Program Other

1987

1987 6/28/1987 vs. Calgary Kickers ?? Program

1988

1988 9/25/1988 vs. Hamilton Steelers W 4-1 Program

1989

1989 5/28/1989 @ Ottawa Intrepid ?? Program
1989 6/4/1989 vs. Calgary Strikers W 7-3 Program

 

 

==In Memoriam==

Former 86ers owner Milan Ilich died of leukemia on June 29, 2011 at age 76.

 

==Links==

Canadian Soccer League Media Guides

Canadian Soccer League Programs

American Professional Soccer League Media Guides

American Professional Soccer League Programs

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