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1976 San Diego Jaws

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San Diego JawsNorth American Soccer League (1976)

Born: October 14, 1975 – The Baltimore Comets relocate to San Diego, CA.
Moved: October 19, 1976 (Las Vegas Quicksilvers)

Stadium: The Aztec Bowl (12,000)

Team Colors: Black & Yellow

Owner: Ken Keegan

Soccer Bowl Championships: None


The San Diego Jaws were a club that lasted only one season in the North American Soccer League in the summer of 1976.  The team was owned by San Jose car dealer Ken Keegan, who was a part owner of the NASL’s San Jose Earthquakes franchise when that team debuted in 1974.  In October 1975 Keegan organized a group to buy the NASL’s distressed Baltimore Comets club and relocate it to the Aztec Bowl on the campus of San Diego State University for the 1976 season.

The Jaws finished last place (5th) in their division in 1976 with a 9-15 mark under player-coach Derek Trevis.  The team had one of the most anemic offenses in the NASL, scoring just 29 goals in 24 matches.  The Jaws averaged just over 6,000 fans per match (announced) at the Aztec Bowl.

In late 1976, owner Ken Keegan moved the team to Nevada where they became the Las Vegas Quicksilvers for the 1977.  After one year in Vegas, the franchise returned to San Diego in 1978 under new ownership and this time it stuck.  The re-named San Diego Sockers began play in 1978 and lasted nearly 20 years, surviving the death of the NASL in 1984 and becoming a dominant indoor soccer dynasty during the 1980’s.  The original Sockers finally went out of business in 1996.


San Diego Jaws Shop

Jaws Retro T-Shirt by Throwback Max


San Diego Jaws Memorabilia



In Memoriam

English midfielder Trevor Hockey died of a heart attack on April 2, 1987 at age 43.

Jaws player-coach Derek Trevis passed away on December 21, 2000 at age 58.



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Written by AC

March 24th, 2014 at 6:30 pm


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