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1979 NASL Budweiser Indoor Soccer Invitational

The 1979 NASL Budweiser Indoor Soccer Invitational was a four-team indoor soccer tournament held at the Bayfront Center in St. Petersburg, Florida on the final weekend of January of 1979.[1][2]

North American Soccer League
-1979 Budweiser Invitational-
Budweiser Indoor Soccer Invitational
Tournament details
Dates January 27, 1979 –
January 28, 1979
Teams 4
Final positions
Champions Dallas Tornado (2nd title)
Runners-up Tampa Bay Rowdies
Tournament statistics
Matches played 4
Goals scored 42 (10.5 per match)
Attendance 12,680 (3,170 per match)
Top scorer(s) Scotland Jim Ryan (7 goals)
1978

Contents

OverviewEdit

Four teams, all from the North American Soccer League, participated in the two-day event; the Dallas Tornado, the Fort Lauderdale Strikers, the Tampa Bay Rowdies, and the Tulsa Roughnecks. Matches were 45 minutes long and divided into three 15-minute periods with an intermission between each. Each session consisted of two games (i.e. a doubleheader). Nearly 12,700 people attended the two sessions. Dallas and Tampa Bay each won both of their matches, but Dallas Tornado were crowned champions based on a greater goal differential. Dallas forward Jim Ryan lead the invitational in scoring with 7 goals. The tournament's final match saw goalkeeper Winston DuBose of Tampa Bay become only the second NASL goalie to record a rare indoor shut-out.[3][4] Dallas goalkeeper Ken Cooper had accomplished the feat on two previous occasions.[5]

These were not the only indoor games played that winter. With a fully sanctioned season of NASL indoor soccer still eleven months away,[6] NASL teams were free to schedule their own games at that time. Tampa Bay, for example played three other indoor matches. By contrast, Fort Lauderdale scheduled only the two games of the invitational.[2] The competing Major Indoor Soccer League had already begun their first season in December 1978.

Tournament resultsEdit

SessionsEdit

Session 1: January 27, 1979

7:00 PM EST Dallas Tornado 8–7 Tulsa Roughnecks Attendance: 6,342
8:30 PM EST Tampa Bay Rowdies 6–4 Fort Lauderdale Strikers

Session 2: January 28, 1979[7]

6:00 PM EST Dallas Tornado 7–2 Fort Lauderdale Strikers Attendance: 6,338
7:30 PM EST Tampa Bay Rowdies 3–0 Tulsa Roughnecks

Match reportsEdit

Session 1Edit

Session 2Edit

Final standingsEdit

GF = Goals For, GA = Goals Against, GD = Goal Differential

1979 Budweiser Indoor Soccer Invitational
Team League Record GF GA GD Position
Dallas Tornado* NASL 2–0 15 9 +6 1st place
Tampa Bay Rowdies NASL 2–0 9 4 +5 2nd place (Runners-up)
Tulsa Roughnecks NASL 0–2 7 11 –4 3rd place
Fort Lauderdale Strikers NASL 0–2 6 13 –7 4th place

*Dallas wins title on goal differential

Statistical leadersEdit

ScoringEdit

Goals (worth 2 points), Assists (worth 1 point)

Leading Scorers Goals Assists Points
Jimmy Ryan (Dallas) 7 1 15
Kai Haaskivi (Dallas) 4 5 13
Mirandinha (Tampa Bay) 4 1 9
Rodney Marsh (Tampa Bay) 2 3 7
George Ley (Dallas) 2 1 5
Steve Earle (Tulsa) 1 3 5
Laurie Abrahams (Tulsa) 2 0 4
Chris Collins (Dallas) 2 0 4
Tibor Gemeri (Ft Lauderdale) 2 0 4
Al Njie (Ft Lauderdale) 2 0 4
Roy Wiggemansen (Ft Lauderdale) 1 2 4

GoalkeepingEdit

GA = Goals Against, GAA = Goals Against Average, SV = Saves, SF = Shots Faced, % = Save Percentage

Leading Goalkeepers Minutes GA GAA SV SF % Won Lost
Winston DuBose (Tampa Bay) 90 4 2.00 14 18 .778 2 0
Ken Cooper (Dallas) 45 2 2.00 6 8 .750 1 0
Colin Boulton (Tulsa) 90 11 5.50 13 24 .542 0 2
Steve Zerhusen (Ft. Lauderdale) 90 13 6.50 22 35 .629 0 2
Billy Phillips (Dallas) 45 7 7.00 10 17 .588 1 0

Non-tournament matchesEdit

In addition to the tournament itself, several NASL teams participated in international indoor friendlies, and tune-ups for both the tournament and 1979 outdoor season. Dallas and Houston played twice in December 1978.[2][8] The Rowdies–Hurricane match on January 25 was played using the MISL-size goals, timing and ball, as the arena was already set up for the Hurricane's alter ego, the MISL's Houston Summit.[9] As part of a six-match, NASL tour in February, Russian powerhouse FC Dynamo Moscow scheduled three indoor games.[10][11]

Match reportsEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "1979 Rowdies Indoor Magazine". Tampa Bay Rowdies Appreciation Blog. Ian Morris. September 2, 2010. Retrieved October 24, 2016.
  2. ^ a b c Tierney, Mike (January 27, 1979). "Blast off! Rowdies aim for indoor orbit". St. Petersburg Times. p. 1c. Retrieved October 24, 2016.
  3. ^ Beard, Randy (January 29, 1979). "Rowdies Had To Do More". The Evening Independent. p. 1-C. Retrieved October 24, 2016 – via Google News Archive Search.
  4. ^ Tierney, Mike (January 29, 1979). "Rowdies win a battle 3–0, but lose the war". St. Petersburg Times. p. 1c. Retrieved October 24, 2016 – via Google News Archive Search.
  5. ^ "Dallas Captures Indoor Soccer Invite". Lakeland Ledger. January 29, 1979. p. 4D. Retrieved October 24, 2016 – via Google News Archive Search.
  6. ^ "Indoor Returning, Officially This Time". Evening Independent. September 28, 1979. p. 4-C. Retrieved January 4, 2017.
  7. ^ "Rowdies Defeat Strikers". Lakeland Ledger. January 28, 1979. p. 1C. Retrieved October 24, 2016 – via Google News Archive Search.
  8. ^ Marcia Schallert, editor. (1979). Budweiser Indoor Soccer Invitational match program. Tampa, FL. Tampa Bay Rowdies. p 12
  9. ^ Tierney, Mike (January 25, 1979). "Rowdies hope to hold onto goalie". St. Petersburg Times. p. 4C. Retrieved June 29, 2017.
  10. ^ "Tulsa-Moscow Game Set". The Town Talk (Alexandria, LA). January 18, 1979. p. B-3. Retrieved June 29, 2017.
  11. ^ Carr, Al (February 22, 1979). "Russians See Through the Clouds". Los Angeles Times. p. Part III-11. Retrieved June 29, 2017.
  12. ^ Lindblad, Elven. "Roughnecks Soccer Steps Indoors" (PDF). Oklahoma Today. Vol. 30-1 (Winter 1979 ed.). p. 21. Retrieved June 24, 2017.
  13. ^ Tierney, Mike (February 15, 1979). "Rowdies woo league MVP". St. Petersburg Times. p. 3C. Retrieved July 18, 2018.

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