San Francisco Golden Gate Gales

The San Francisco Golden Gate Gales were a soccer team based in San Francisco, California, USA, that played in the United Soccer Association. The league was made up of teams imported from foreign leagues. The San Francisco club was actually the ADO Den Haag from The Hague in the Netherlands, coached by Ernst Happel. Their home ground was Candlestick Park.[1]

Golden Gate Gales
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Full nameSan Francisco Golden Gate Gales
StadiumKezar Stadium
OwnerGeorge Fleharty
ManagerErnst Happel,
Ferenc Puskás
LeagueUnited Soccer Association
19672nd of Western Division

Once a local team was established they were set to be coached by the Hungarian football player Ferenc Puskás. However, following the 1967 season, the USA merged with the National Professional Soccer League to form the North American Soccer League with the teams from the former USA having to create their rosters from scratch. The Gales closed their franchise to yield to the Oakland Clippers and the owners bought a controlling interest in the Vancouver Royals.[2]


Year League W L T Pts Regular Season Playoffs
1967 USA 5 4 3 13 2nd(t), Western Division Did Not Qualify


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-07-22. Retrieved 2014-11-26.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "Pro League To Operate 2 Divisions". The Vancouver Sun. 5 January 1968. Retrieved 3 October 2012.