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Team Hawaii was a soccer team based out of Honolulu that played in the NASL for one season, 1977. Their home field was Aloha Stadium.

Team Hawaii
Logo
Full nameTeam Hawaii
Nickname(s)none
Founded1977
Dissolved1977
GroundAloha Stadium
Capacity50,000
ManagerHubert Vogelsinger
Charlie Mitchell
LeagueNorth American Soccer League

After two unsuccessful years as the San Antonio Thunder, the franchise moved to Hawai'i in time for the 1977 season. The club was originally coached by Hubert Vogelsinger, but after he became ill midway through the season, Charlie Mitchell took over and served as player-coach for the remainder of the campaign. On the field, Hawaii had an 11-15 record and failed to qualify for the playoffs; at the box office, the team never came close to filling their 50,000-seat stadium. (A decent crowd of 12,877 attended their match against the New York Cosmos in April, but none of their other twelve home games drew even half of that; they managed only 4,543 per game for the season.)

Being thousands of miles away from their opponents, travel became a significant issue for Team Hawaii. The club would often go on four- or five-game road trips to the mainland, while visiting teams would usually coordinate playing in Hawaii with games against west coast teams.

With the poor attendances and high travel costs, the franchise left Hawai'i and became the Tulsa Roughnecks in 1978.

To date, they remain Hawaii's only major professional soccer team and one of two major professional sports teams to play in the state (the other being The Hawaiians that played in the WFL in 1974-75).

1977 rosterEdit

Last updated 20 April 2009.[1]Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
0   GK Jimmy Joerg
1   GK Peter Fox
2   DF Chris Carenza
3   DF Ismael Moreira
3   DF Dave Stahl
4   DF Mark Stahl
5   DF Charlie Mitchell
6   DF Peter Nover
7   DF Tommy Taylor
8   DF Keith Coleman
11   DF Axel Neumann
13   DF Ed Pitney
21   DF Tim Hunter
No. Position Player
9   MF Jim Henry
10   MF Diamantino Costa
10   MF Ben Smith
19   MF Pat Holland
11   MF Chris Dangerfield
14   FW Victor Kodelja
15   FW Dan Counce
16   FW Brian Tinnon
17   FW Bert Bowery
18   FW Yilmaz Orhan
20   FW Hilary Carlyle

Year-by-yearEdit

Year League W L Pts Reg. Season Playoffs Attendance
1977 NASL 11 15 106 4th, Pacific Conference, Southern Division Did not qualify 4,543

NotesEdit

  1. ^ "Team Hawaii". NASL Jerseys.com.