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St. Louis Frogs

The St. Louis Frogs were an American soccer club. The Frogs were owned by Giesler Sports Enterprises and given sanction to enter the American Soccer League's newly-formed Midwest Conference by the United States Soccer Football Association at the 1972, summer meetings in Anchorage. The team played only one season and was coached by Pete Traina, with Walter J. Giesler serving as general manager. Their colors were green and white, and they played their home matches at Giesler's Sports Village.[1]

Team name

In a newspaper interview Giesler stated that the team named stemmed from a cast iron frog that had been found during a remodeling of his sporting goods store. Construction workers told him that it was and old good luck tradition of contractors to place a frog of some sort inside a wall during construction. The frog wound up become a decoration on his desk. Originally he had wanted to call the team the Missouri Mules, but the name had already been taken. As he struggled to come up with an original name, he realized the answer was sitting right on his desk, and thus the St. Louis Frogs were born.[2]

Year-by-year

Year League Record GF GA Position Playoffs U.S. Open Cup
1972 ASL 2-6 13 16 5th, Midwestern Did not qualify Did not enter

Final conference standings

Midwest Conference G W D L GF GA PTS
Cincinnati Comets 8 6 1 1 19 7 13
Cleveland Stars 8 6 0 2 23 10 6
Detroit Mustangs 8 2 2 4 13 28 6
Pittsburgh Canons 8 2 1 5 11 18 5
St. Louis Frogs 8 2 0 6 13 16 4
Chicago Americans* ? ? ? ? ? ? ?

*Chicago Americans played only a few games

Game-by-game

Friendly results

Date Opponent Venue Result Goal scorers Ref
July 12, 1972 SV Falke-Steinfeld (West Germany) H 1-1 Gary McBrady [3]

Regular season results

Date Opponent Venue Result Goal scorers Ref
July 15, 1972 Cleavland Stars A 0-2 - [4]
July 22, 1972 Pittsburgh Canons A 2-3 Gary McBrady, Paul Pisani, Jim Niehoff [5]
July 30, 1972 Cincinnati Comets H 0-1 - [6]
August 12, 1972 Cincinnati Comets A 3-0 - [7]
August 13, 1972 Detroit Mustangs A 3-1 Frank Fischer [8]
August 20, 1972 Cleavland Stars H 0-4 - [9]
August 27, 1972 Pittsburgh Canons H 0-1 - [10]
September 4, 1972 Detroit Mustangs H 9-0 Mike Villa (2), Niehoff (2), McBrady (2),
John Deinowski, Tom Beaver, Jack Blake
[11]

References

  1. ^ "St. Louis Frogs Take Plunge In Soccer Circuit". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. July 7, 1972. p. 5C. Retrieved 2018.
  2. ^ Hummel, Rick (July 17, 1972). "NBC Keeps Giesler Hopping". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. p. 2C. Retrieved 2018.
  3. ^ "Frogs Bounce Back To Tie Germans, 1-1". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. July 13, 1972. p. 5C. Retrieved 2018.
  4. ^ "Frogs Start ASL Season With 2-0 Loss". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. July 16, 1972. p. 6B. Retrieved 2018.
  5. ^ "Frogs Nip Pittsburgh On Niehoff's Late Goal". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. July 23, 1972. p. 6B. Retrieved 2018.
  6. ^ "Frogs 'Terminated' In Brawl". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. July 31, 1972. p. 3C. Retrieved 2018.
  7. ^ "Frogs Lose To Comets". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. August 13, 1972. p. 3B. Retrieved 2018.
  8. ^ "Frogs Not Croaking About Returning Home". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. August 14, 1972. p. 13A. Retrieved 2018.
  9. ^ "Punchless Frogs Punched Again". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. August 21, 1972. p. 3C. Retrieved 2018.
  10. ^ "Frogs Outshoot Pittsburgh, But Take 1-0 Loss". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. August 28, 1972. p. 7C. Retrieved 2018.
  11. ^ "Frogs Close Season With 9-0 Victory". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. September 5, 1972. p. 4B. Retrieved 2018.



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