Dallas Tornado

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Dallas Tornado
Logo
Full nameDallas Tornado
Nickname(s)The Tornado
Founded1967
Dissolved1981; 32 years ago (1981)
GroundCotton Bowl
Capacity: 70,000
Turnpike Stadium
Capacity: 20,000
P.C. Cobb Stadium
Capacity: 22,000
Franklin Stadium
Capacity: 8,500
Texas Stadium
Capacity: 65,000
Ownby Stadium
Capacity: 20,000
Indoor soccer:
Fair Park Coliseum
Capacity: 7,513 (1975)
Reunion Arena
Capacity: 16,626 (1980–81)
ChairmanLamar Hunt
LeagueUSA (1967)
NASL (1968-1981)
Home colours
Away colours
 
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Dallas Tornado
Logo
Full nameDallas Tornado
Nickname(s)The Tornado
Founded1967
Dissolved1981; 32 years ago (1981)
GroundCotton Bowl
Capacity: 70,000
Turnpike Stadium
Capacity: 20,000
P.C. Cobb Stadium
Capacity: 22,000
Franklin Stadium
Capacity: 8,500
Texas Stadium
Capacity: 65,000
Ownby Stadium
Capacity: 20,000
Indoor soccer:
Fair Park Coliseum
Capacity: 7,513 (1975)
Reunion Arena
Capacity: 16,626 (1980–81)
ChairmanLamar Hunt
LeagueUSA (1967)
NASL (1968-1981)
Home colours
Away colours

Dallas Tornado were a soccer team based in Dallas that played in the North American Soccer League (NASL). They played from 1967 to 1981. Their home fields were Cotton Bowl (1967–1968), P.C. Cobb Stadium (1969), Franklin Stadium (1970–1971),[1] Texas Stadium (1972–1975, 1980–1981) and Ownby Stadium on the SMU campus (1976–1979). The club played Indoor soccer at Reunion Arena for one season (1980–81), and hosted the two-day 1975 Regionals at Fair Park Coliseum.

History[edit]

The franchise was one of the original clubs that played in the United Soccer Association, one of the two precursors to the NASL, in 1967. In fact, the USA was made up of international clubs playing in U.S. cities as American teams. The team that played as the Dallas Tornado were Dundee United of the Scottish Football League. The following season when the USA merged with the NPSL, owners Lamar Hunt and Bill McNutt had to build a new team from scratch. They hired Bob Kap, a Serbian born soccer coach who had escaped with his family during the 1956 Hungarian Revolution. Kap had studied with Ferenc Puskás at the Soccor Academy in Hungary. Kap was recruited from Toronto, Canada, where he had relocated after the 1956 Revolution.

During the first 6 months as coach, Kap traveled throughout Europe to form the new Dallas Tornado. Hiring young players from England to Turkey, the fledgling Dallas Tornado learned to play as a team on the world tour. Their world tour took them from England to India, from Indonesia to Vietnam during the height of the war. The tour gave the new Dallas Tornado Team an international face at a time when American soccer was relatively unknown. The gallant effort resulted in a 2–26–4 record.

Following the 1968 NASL season, the league was in trouble with ten franchises having folded. The 1969 season was split into two halves. The first half was called the International Cup, a double round robin tournament in which the remaining NASL clubs were represented by teams imported from the United Kingdom. The Tornado was represented again by Dundee United. The Tornado came in tied for third in the Cup with a 2–4–2 record. For the second half of the 1969 season, the teams returned to their normal rosters and played a 16 game schedule with no playoffs.

Fortunes improved for the club as they won the NASL championship in 1971, defeating the Atlanta Chiefs 2–0 in the final game of a three game series, Mike Renshaw scoring the winning goal. The road to that title was the stuff of legends. In Game 1 of the best-of-three semifinal against the Rochester Lancers, league scoring champion Carlos Metidieri mercifully ended the match 2–1, late in the 6th 15 minute-overtime period in the 176th minute, less than four minutes shy of playing two complete games in one day! Three days later Dallas evened the series at one game each with a 3–1 regulation win. In the rubber match four days later, the two teams ended regulation tied again at 1 goal apiece. This time the game would reach 4OTs before Bobby Moffat sent Dallas into the Finals in the 148 minute. Incredibly, only four days after that, Dallas lost Game 1 of the NASL Championship Series 2–1 in the 3OTs to Atlanta after 123 minutes. All totaled, Dallas had played 537 minutes of football (3 minutes short of six games) in 13 days time. Finally the Tornado were able to get control of the series pulling away in games 2 and 3 by scores of 4–1 and 2–0 respectively.[2]

Several division titles followed in the years after that league title. Two players, Kyle Rote, Jr. (son of former New York Giants wide receiver Kyle Rote) and Steve Pecher, won the league Rookie of the Year award in 1973 and 1976, respectively. As was the case with most NASL clubs, a drop in attendance contributed to the demise of the club in 1981. After the 1981 season Hunt and McNutt decided to merge their team with the Tampa Bay Rowdies franchise, while retaining a minority stake in the Florida club.[3][4] Of the twelve teams that comprised the USA in 1967, the Tornado franchise played the longest—15 seasons.

Lamar Hunt did not give up on soccer in America, however, and was one of the founding owners in Major League Soccer.

Ex-Manchester United goalkeeper, Alex Stepney played for Dallas.

Year-by-year[edit]

YearRecordRegular Season FinishPlayoffsAvg. Attend
19673–6–36th, Western Division, USADid Not Qualify9,227
19682–26–44th, Gulf DivisionDid Not Qualify2,927
19692–2–43rdNo Postseason2,923
19708–12–43rd, Southern DivisionDid Not Qualify2,228
197110–6–82nd, Southern DivisionWon Semifinals Series vs. Rochester Lancers, 2–1
Won NASL Finals Series vs. Atlanta Chiefs, 2–1
3,326
19726–5–32nd, Southern DivisionLost Semifinal Game vs. New York Cosmos, 0–14,093
197311–4–41st, Southern DivisionWon Semifinal Game vs. New York Cosmos, 1–0
Lost NASL Championship Game vs. Philadelphia Atoms, 0–2
7,474
19749–8–31st, Central DivisionWon Quarterfinal Game vs. San Jose Earthquakes, 3–0
Lost Semifinal Game vs. Miami Toros, 1–3
8,469
19759–134th, Central DivisionDid Not Qualify4,630
197613–112nd, Southern Division, Pacific ConferenceWon 1st Round Game vs. Los Angeles Aztecs, 2–0
Lost Division Championship vs. San Jose Earthquakes, 0–2
14,095
197718–81st, Southern Division, Pacific ConferenceLost Conference Championships vs. Los Angeles Aztecs, 0–216,511
197814–163rd, Central Division, National ConferenceDid Not Qualify8,981
197917–132nd, Central Division, National ConferenceLost National Conference Quarterfinals vs. Vancouver Whitecaps, 0–29,321
198018–141st, Central Division, National ConferenceWon 1st Round Series vs. Minnesota Kicks, 2–0
Lost National Conference Semifinals vs. New York Cosmos, 1–2
6,752
19815–274th, Central DivisionDid Not Qualify4,670

Indoor Seasons[edit]

In the winter of 1975, the NASL organized a two-tiered, 16 team indoor tournament with four regional winners meeting in a "final-four" style championship. Dallas hosted their region at the Fair Park Coliseum and won the group. Though they lost in the semi-final, the Tornado rebounded to win the 3rd place game 2-0 over New York at the Cow Palace. In 1976 they again advanced out of their group, this time as a wild card, but lost both the semi-final and the third-place match at the Bayfront Center. In January of 1979 the Tornado joined the Tulsa Roughnecks, Ft. Lauderdale Strikers and host Tampa Bay Rowdies for the two-day Budweiser Invitational.[5] They won both games, and the mini-tournament itself on goal differential. Tornado forward Jimmy Ryan was the leading scorer of the invitational with 7 goals.[6] Dallas participated in only one full NASL indoor season, 1980-81, before folding.[7]

YearRecordRegular Season FinishPlayoffs
19752–2(16 team tournament only)3rd place
19762–2(12 team tournament only)4th place
19792–0Budweiser Invitational1st place
1980–815–273rd, Southern DivisionDid Not Qualify

Honors[edit]

NASL Championships (1)

NASL Season Premierships (1)

Division Titles (4)

  • 1973 Southern Division
  • 1974 Central Division
  • 1977 Southern Division, Pacific Conference
  • 1980 Central Division, National Conference

Rookie of the Year

U.S. Soccer Hall of Fame

Indoor Soccer Hall of Fame

All-Star First Team Selections

All-Star Second Team Selections

All-Star Honorable Mentions

Indoor All-Stars

Players[edit]

Head coaches[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://soccerstats.us/places/stadiums/franklin-stadium/
  2. ^ http://homepages.sover.net/~spectrum/year/1971.html
  3. ^ http://books.google.com/books?id=9jI5GTaAjZMC&pg=PA262&lpg=PA262&dq=rowdies+tornado+merge&source=bl&ots=hdS-ty1Z3L&sig=O0PNGYzWxJuSH2p3bXj2jHLUjvQ&hl=en&sa=X&ei=gFTDUfOLC4Og9QSBl4CICg&ved=0CC8Q6AEwAQ#v=onepage&q=rowdies%20tornado%20merge&f=false
  4. ^ http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1346&dat=19830914&id=YqpNAAAAIBAJ&sjid=o_sDAAAAIBAJ&pg=6683,4875862
  5. ^ http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=rsEwAAAAIBAJ&sjid=3VgDAAAAIBAJ&pg=6654,3317860&dq=rowdies+had+to+do+more&hl=en
  6. ^ http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=o2xNAAAAIBAJ&sjid=rfoDAAAAIBAJ&pg=6094,9183287&dq=dallas+caputes+indoor+soccer&hl=en
  7. ^ http://www.rsssf.com/usadave/usindoor.html
  8. ^ http://www.indoorsoccerhall.com/hall-of-fame-classes
  9. ^ http://www.rsssf.com/usadave/usindoor.html

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