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1983 North American Soccer League season

Statistics of North American Soccer League in season 1983. This was the 16th and penultimate season of the NASL.

North American Soccer League -1983 Season-
Season 1983
Champions Tulsa Roughnecks
Premiers New York Cosmos
(7th title) most total points
*Vancouver
best Won/Loss record
Matches played 180
Goals scored 708 (3.93 per match)
Top goalscorer Roberto Cabañas
(25 goals)
Highest attendance 60,342
Seattle at Vancouver
(June 20)
Lowest attendance 3,079
Toronto at San Diego
(May 25)
Average attendance 13,258
1982
1984

Contents

OverviewEdit

There were 12 teams in the league. The Tulsa Roughnecks won the championship. Though Vancouver won 2 more games than anyone else, for the fourth time in league history the team with the most wins did not win the regular season due to the NASL's system of awarding points.

Changes from the Previous SeasonEdit

New TeamsEdit

  • Team America

Teams FoldingEdit

  • Edmonton Drillers
  • Jacksonville Tea Men
  • Portland Timbers

Teams MovingEdit

  • None

Name ChangesEdit

San Jose to Golden Bay

Regular seasonEdit

W = Wins, L = Losses, GF = Goals For, GA = Goals Against, PT= point system

6 points for a win in regulation and overtime, 4 point for a shootout win, 0 points for a loss, 1 bonus point for each regulation goal scored, up to three per game.[1]

    -Premiers (most points).     -Best record.     -Other playoff teams.
Eastern Division W L GF GA PT
New York Cosmos 22 8 87 49 194
Chicago Sting 15 15 66 73 147
Toronto Blizzard 16 14 51 48 135
Montreal Manic 12 18 58 71 124
Southern Division W L GF GA PT
Tulsa Roughnecks 17 13 56 49 145
Fort Lauderdale Strikers 14 16 60 63 136
Tampa Bay Rowdies 7 23 48 87 83
Team America 10 20 33 54 79
Western Division W L GF GA PT
Vancouver Whitecaps 24 6 63 34 187
Golden Bay Earthquakes 20 10 71 54 169
Seattle Sounders 12 18 62 61 119
San Diego Sockers 11 19 53 65 106

NASL All-StarsEdit

First Team[2][3]   Position   Second Team Honorable Mention[4][5]
Jan van Beveren, Fort Lauderdale G Tino Lettieri, Vancouver Hubert Birkenmeier, New York
David Watson, Vancouver D Ray Evans, Seattle Gregg Thompson, Tampa Bay
Franz Beckenbauer, New York D Bruce Wilson, Toronto Dave Huson, Chicago
Andranik Eskandarian, New York D Frantz Mathieu, Montreal Mihalj Keri, Golden Bay
Barry Wallace, Tulsa D Cho Young-Jeung, Chicago Bruce Miller, Fort Lauderdale
Vladislav Bogićević, New York M Karl-Heinz Granitza, Chicago Fran O’Brien, Vancouver
Stan Terlecki, Golden Bay M Steve Daley, Seattle Rick Davis, New York
Frans Thijssen, Vancouver M Kaz Deyna, San Diego Ray Hudson, Fort Lauderdale
Roberto Cabañas, New York F Giorgio Chinaglia, New York David Cross, Vancouver
Steve Zungul, Golden Bay F Ricardo Alonso, Chicago Peter Ward, Seattle
Pato Margetic, Chicago F David Byrne, Toronto Peter Beardsley, Vancouver

PlayoffsEdit

QuarterfinalsEdit

Higher seed Lower seed Game 1 Game 2 Game 3 *(higher seed hosts Games 1 and 3)
New York Cosmos - Montreal Manic 2–4 0–1 (SO, 2–3) x September 6 • Giants Stadium • 17,202
September 12 • Olympic Stadium • 20,726
Tulsa Roughnecks - Fort Lauderdale Strikers 3–2 (OT) 4–2 x September 6 • Skelly Stadium • 7,826
September 10 • Lockhart Stadium • 8,873
Golden Bay Earthquakes - Chicago Sting 6–1 0–1 5–2 September 7 • Spartan Stadium • 16,572
September 12 • Soldier Field • 5,852
September 14 • Spartan Stadium • 17,361
Vancouver Whitecaps - Toronto Blizzard 1–0 3–4 0–1 September 8 • BC Place Stadium • 22,015
September 12 • Exhibition Stadium • 7,958
September 15 • BC Place Stadium • 24,545

SemifinalsEdit

Higher seed Lower seed Game 1 Game 2 Game 3 *(higher seed hosts Games 1 and 3)
Tulsa Roughnecks - Montreal Manic 2–1 (SO, 9–8) 0–1 3–0 September 18 • Skelly Stadium • 10,625[6]
September 26 • Olympic Stadium • 16,185
September 28 • Skelly Stadium • 8,090
Golden Bay Earthquakes - Toronto Blizzard 0–1 (SO, 3–5) 0–2 x September 17 • Spartan Stadium • 19,027
September 22 • Exhibition Stadium • 15,556

Soccer Bowl '83Edit

Tulsa Roughnecks 2–0 Toronto Blizzard
Pesa (Wallace)   55:36'
Futcher (Moore)   61:37'
Attendance: 53,326[8]
Referee: Ed Bellion (USA)[9]

1983 NASL Champions: Tulsa Roughnecks

Post season awardsEdit

ReferencesEdit

External linksEdit