1984 United Soccer League Season
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1984 United Soccer League Season
United Soccer League
Season1984
ChampionsFort Lauderdale Sun
PremiersOklahoma City Stampede
Matches played108
Goals scored400 (3.7 per match)
Top goalscorerJose Neto
(22 goals)
1985 ->

The 1984 USL season was the United Soccer League's first and only full season.

History

The creation of Ingo Krieg, owner of the Jacksonville Tea Men, the United Soccer League formally announced its existence on February 1, 1984. The roots go back to Krieg's frustration over the direction taken by the second division American Soccer League which was declining after a period of overexpansion and financial excesses. Krieg proposed the creation of a financially sound league. In late January 1984, three ASL teams, the Dallas Americans, Detroit Express and Jacksonville Tea Men informed the ASL that they intended to move to the USL for the upcoming season.[1] When the league announced its formal creation on the first of February, it added to the list of teams by including one in Oklahoma City and another in North Carolina.[2] By the end of February, the list of teams had solidified with Detroit dropping out and Buffalo and Fort Lauderdale joining. Bill Burfeind was named league commissioner[3] On March 18, 1984, the league announced a final line-up of nine teams in three divisions. The season would run from May 12 through August 15.[4]

The season went fairly smoothly for a recently founded league, but the playoffs began with considerable confusion. The last week of July, league officials announced that the top team in each division would make the playoffs, for a total of three teams. The two teams with the next highest total points would play a single wild card game to determine the fourth team in the playoffs. Then the team with the highest number of points would play the team with the lowest in one semifinal and the middle two teams would play in the other semifinal. However, on Friday, August 17, two days before the first playoff games, league officials changed the format. They announced that Oklahoma City, which had topped the league with 127 points would play the winner of the wild card game, and not the Buffalo Storm which had the lowest number of points. Then the Storm owner, Sal DeRosa, announced that all games between his team and the Fort Lauderdale Storm would take place in Florida because of the low attendance at Buffalo home games.[5]

Fort Lauderdale Sun owner, Ronnie Sharp was forced to sell his team shortly after winning the 1984 championship, because of his involvement in a drug smuggling operation.[6]Entertainment Investors, Inc., which was mostly made up of a group of doctors that used to sit together at Strikers' games, took over control of the Sun.

League standings

Northern Division

Place Team GP W T L GF GA Points %
1 Buffalo Storm 24 11 0 13 48 41 96 .458
2 New York Nationals 24 10 0 14 32 53 84 .417
3 Rochester Flash 24 7 0 17 27 49 65 .292

Southern Division

Place Team GP W T L GF GA Points %
1 Fort Lauderdale Sun 24 15 0 9 53 34 122 .625
2 Charlotte Gold 24 11 0 13 48 59 105 .458
3 Jacksonville Tea Men 24 11 0 13 46 50 98 .458

Western Division

Place Team GP W T L GF GA Points %
1 Oklahoma City Stampede 24 15 0 9 55 42 127 .625
2 Houston Dynamos 24 13 0 11 54 38 112 .542
3 Dallas Americans 24 14 0 10 37 34 110 .583

Playoffs

Wild card

J.K. Butler Stadium, Houston, Texas

Semifinal 1

J.K. Butler Stadium, Houston, Texas
Attendance: 2,431
Referee: Bob Evans (USA)


Referee: Bill Schofield (USA)

Semifinal 2

Fort Lauderdale Sun (FL)3-0Buffalo Storm (NY)
Mark Schwartz (Cubillas)Goal 59:20
Teófilo Cubillas Goal 62:58
Teófilo Cubillas (Crescitelli) Goal 76:59
Tom Groark Yellow card 70:13
John Lignos Yellow card 76:59


Fort Lauderdale Sun (FL)5-1Buffalo Storm (NY)
Mark Schwartz Goal 12:16
Mark Schwartz Goal 17:49
Teófilo Cubillas Goal 42:20
Mark Schwartz Goal 45:21
Christiansen Yellow card 52
Dave Watson Goal 56:53
Goal 49:12 Jerry Martello
Yellow card 52 Jerry Martello
Yellow card 55 Corney

Final

Fort Lauderdale Sun (FL)3-0Houston Dynamos (TX)
Mark Schwartz (Crescitelli) Goal 11:04
Mark Schwartz (Cubillas) Goal 22:43
Teófilo Cubillas (Dufrene) Goal 33:15
Report
Attendance: 4,250
Referee: Ron Miller[10]

Honors

Points leaders

References

  1. ^ 3 ASL Clubs Plan to Join New League The Daily Oklahoman - Monday, January 30, 1984
  2. ^ UNITED LEAGUE BRINGS SOCCER BACK TO TOWN Miami Herald, The (FL) - Wednesday, February 1, 1984
  3. ^ United Soccer League Names Six Franchises The Daily Oklahoman - Thursday, February 23, 1984
  4. ^ Soccer League Officially Formed The Daily Oklahoman - Sunday, March 18, 1984
  5. ^ SUN TO PLAY HOST TO BUFFALO Miami Herald, The (FL) - Saturday, August 18, 1984
  6. ^ Sarni, Jim (September 3, 1984). "Taste of championship sweet for Cubillas, Sun". Fort Lauderdale News. p. 11C. Retrieved 2017.
  7. ^ Sarni, Jim (August 24, 1984). "High-pressure tactics net Sun playoff win". Fort Lauderdale News. p. 1C. Retrieved 2017.
  8. ^ Sarni, Jim (August 26, 1984). "Sun rout Storm advance USL finals". Fort Lauderdale News. p. 1C. Retrieved 2017.
  9. ^ Sarni, Jim (August 30, 1984). "Dynamos upset Sun in Game 1". Fort Lauderdale News. p. 1C. Retrieved 2017.
  10. ^ Sarni, Jim (September 1, 1984). "Sun ties series; title at stake tonight". Fort Lauderdale News. p. 1C. Retrieved 2017.
  11. ^ Sarni, Jim (September 2, 1984). "Sun wins USL crown with shootout victory". Fort Lauderdale News. p. 1C. Retrieved 2017.
  12. ^ "Sun Beats Houston 2-1 To Win Title". Palm Beach Post. September 2, 1984. p. D9. Retrieved 2017.
  13. ^ Sarni, Jim (September 3, 1984). "Taste of championship sweet for Cubillas, Sun". Fort Lauderdale News. p. 11C. Retrieved 2017.

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