North American Soccer League History [1967-84] Patch Release

pollard7545

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NASL 70's: The highs: 1978-1980

A total of 24 teams made up the NASL in 1978, an increase of six from 1977. newcomers included Colorado Caribous, Detroit Express, Houston Hurricane, Memphis Rogues, New England Tea Men and Philadelphia Fury. However, once again a number of teams fell by the wayside. Connecticut Bi-Centennials became Oakland Stompers, Team Hawaii became Tulsa Roughnecks, Las Vegas Quicksilvers became San Diego Sockers and, sadly, the St. Louis Stars who had been a member of the league from the start became California Surf.
Here is the patch for NASL 1978:
 

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pollard7545

Youth Team
NASL 70's: The highs: 1978-1980

While the number of teams making up the NASL in 1979 remained at 24 there were two franchise shifts. The Colorado Caribous moved to Atlanta and adopted the old name of the Atlanta Chiefs, while the Oakland Stompers moved to Canada to become the Edmonton Drillers. Ownership of the Toronto team changed hands and with it the name changed from Toronto Metros-Croatia to Blizzard.
Here is the patch for NASL 1979:

In 1980 the number of teams making up the NASL remained at 24 for the third year in a row and this time there were no franchise moves.
Here is the patch for NASL 1980:
 

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pollard7545

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NASL 80's The decline: 1981-1984

The year 1981 marked the start of the decline of the NASL, membership dropping from 24 to 21 teams, as Houston, Washington and Rochester folded. The New England franchise moved to J.acksonville, Florida, Detroit moved to Washington and took the Diplomats name, Memphis moved to Canada and became the Calgary Boomers and Philadelphia moved to Canada as well and became the Montreal Manic, bringing the number of Canadian teams in the League to an all-time high of five.
Here is the patch for NASL 1981:

The NASL was reduced to 14 teams for the 1982 season as Atlanta, Calgary, California, Los Angeles, Minnesota, Washington and Dallas Tornado, members since the League began, dropped out.
Here is the patch for NASL 1982:

The Edmonton Drillers, J.acksonville Tea Men and Portland Timbers were all missing when the 1983 NASL season began, but the addition of Team America brought the League membership to 12, a drop of two. The only other change was in San Jose where the Earthquakes became known as Golden Bay Earthquakes.
Here is the patch for NASL 1983:

This was to be the last hurrah for the NASL as membership dropped from 12 teams to nine with the demise of Team America, Montreal Manic and Seattle Sounders. The Fort Lauderdale Strikers moved to Minnesota and kept the Strikers name. After the season, Chicago Sting, Minnesota Strikers, New York Cosmos and San Diego Sockers were admitted into the Major Soccer League and the NASL faded into history.
Here is the patch for NASL 1984:

Thats everything!!
I may do the side project Major [Indoor] Soccer League after a break....enjoy
 

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pollard7545

Youth Team
NASL 70's: The highs: 1978-1980

While the number of teams making up the NASL in 1979 remained at 24 there were two franchise shifts. The Colorado Caribous moved to Atlanta and adopted the old name of the Atlanta Chiefs, while the Oakland Stompers moved to Canada to become the Edmonton Drillers. Ownership of the Toronto team changed hands and with it the name changed from Toronto Metros-Croatia to Blizzard.
Here is the patch for NASL 1979:

In 1980 the number of teams making up the NASL remained at 24 for the third year in a row and this time there were no franchise moves.
Here is the patch for NASL 1980:
I'm testing sliders in CPU vs CPU matchups with great results...here is a matchup
 

pollard7545

Youth Team
Here's another great game between Toronto Blizzard at Fort Lauderdale Strikers...Toronto's leading scorer that year was South African Jomo Sono and Fort Lauderdale was led by West German Gerd Muller and Teofilo Cubillas of Peru
 


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