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1973 North American Soccer League season

North American Soccer League -1973 Season-
Season 1973
Champions Philadelphia Atoms
Premiers Dallas Tornado
Matches played 90
Goals scored 246 (2.73 per match)
Top goalscorer Warren Archibald
Ilija Mitić
(12 goals)
Longest unbeaten run 13, Philadelphia
Highest attendance 21,700 (Dallas @ Phil)
Lowest attendance 1,100 (NY @ Montreal)
Average attendance 6,290

Statistics of North American Soccer League in season 1973. This was the 6th season of the NASL.[1]


  • Overview 1
  • Changes from the Previous Season 2
  • Regular season 3
  • NASL All-Stars 4
  • Playoffs 5
    • Semifinals 5.1
    • NASL Final 1973 5.2
  • Post season awards 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8


Nine teams took part in the league with the Philadelphia Atoms winning the championship.

During the season, a team from Vera Cruz, Mexico, played each of the nine NASL clubs in exhibition games that counted in the league's final standings. The 1973 season would be the last season in which games from non-league clubs counted in league standings.[2]

In a unique twist, the team with home field for the NASL Championship Game determined the date and time the game was to be played. When the Dallas Tornado won their semi-final, setting up the final with Philadelphia, they chose the 25th of August as the date of the game. They did this because the NASL loan agreements with players from the English First Division (the precursor to today's Premier League) were up before August 25.[3]

Because of this, Philadelphia's two leading scorers, Andy "The Flea" Provan and Jim Fryatt, were on their way back to England when the championship match was played on the 25th. Despite this, Philadelphia coach, Al Miller, put Bill Straub, a defender who had not played a minute for the club prior to the championship game, into the lineup at forward. The move paid off as Straub headed home the second goal in a 2-0 win with under five minutes remaining in the final.[3]

Changes from the Previous Season

  • Philadelphia Atoms join the league
  • Atlanta is renamed Apollos
  • Miami is renamed Toros

Regular season

W = Wins, L = Losses, T= Ties, GF = Goals For, GA = Goals Against, BP = Bonus Points, PTS= Total Points

6 points for a win, 3 points for a tie, 0 points for a loss, 1 bonus point for each goal scored up to three per game.

Eastern Division W L T GF GA BP PTS
Philadelphia Atoms 9 2 8 29 14 26 104
New York Cosmos 7 5 7 31 23 28 91
Miami Toros 8 5 6 26 21 22 88
Northern Division W L T GF GA BP PTS
Toronto Metros 6 4 9 32 18 26 89
Montreal Olympique 5 10 4 25 32 22 64
Rochester Lancers 4 9 6 17 27 17 59
Southern Division W L T GF GA BP PTS
Dallas Tornado 11 4 4 36 25 33 111
St. Louis Stars 7 7 5 27 27 25 82
Atlanta Apollos 3 9 7 23 40 23 62

NASL All-Stars

First Team[4][5]   Position   Second Team Honorable Mention
Ken Cooper, Dallas G Bob Rigby, Philadelphia Sam Nusum, Montreal
John Best, Dallas D Bob Smith, Philadelphia John Sewell, St. Louis
Chris Dunleavy, Philadelphia D Derek Trevis, Philadelphia Barry Barto, Philadelphia
David Sadler, Miami D Dick Hall, Dallas Werner Roth, New York
Brian Rowan, Toronto D Roy Evans, Philadelphia John Collins, Dallas
Ilija Mitic, Dallas M Pat McBride, St. Louis Al Trost, St. Louis
Fernando Pinto, Toronto M Francisco Escos, Rochester Roy Turner, Dallas
Ian McPhee, Toronto M Roberto Aguirre, Miami Andy Provan, Philadelphia F Joey Fink, New York Paul Child, Atlanta
Jim Fryatt, Philadelphia F Rick Reynolds, Dallas Kyle Rote Jr., Dallas
Warren Archibald, Miami F Randy Horton, New York Nick Jennings, Dallas



August 15 New York Cosmos 0 – 1 Dallas Tornado Texas Stadium • Att. 9,009[1]

August 18 Toronto Metros 0 – 3 Philadelphia Atoms Veterans Stadium • Att. 18,766[1]

NASL Final 1973

August 25
Philadelphia Atoms 2–0 Dallas Tornado
Best Goal 66' (o.g.)
Straub Goal 85' (Evans)
Texas Stadium, Irving, Texas[6][7]
Attendance: 18,824[1]
Referee: Bill Gallacher[8]

1973 NASL Champions: Philadelphia Atoms

Post season awards


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