TOP INTERNATIONAL STARS IN THE NASL, 1967-1984

Part 2: Player Biographies, I-O

by David Litterer spectrum@sover.net

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An asterisk (*) indicates players with World Cup experience, and a carat (^) indicates players with International Caps to their credit. NASL stats include games played and goals scored.

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NASL Player Biographies, A-H

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IRVING, David (England), Forward.  Sheffield United, Oldham Athletic.  Born 9/10/1951.

                                  Season        Playoffs
                                GP  G  A  Pt   GP  G  A  Pt
1977  Ft. Lauderdale Strikers   14  3  1  17    2  1  0   2
1978  Ft. Lauderdale Strikers   28 16  5  37    5  5  0  10
1979  Ft. Lauderdale Strikers   24  8  9  25    2  0  0   0
1980  Ft. Luaderdale Strikers    6  0  0   0    -  -  -   -
      Tulsa Roughnecks           7  3  4  10    -  -  -   -
      Atlanta Chiefs            11  2  2   6    -  -  -   -
1981  San Jose Earthquakes      15  2  4   8    -  -  -   -
                               105 34 25  93    9  6  0  12
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*JANSEN, WIM (Neth.)  Defensive Midfielder.  World Cup, 1974, 78.
65 Caps.  Born 10/28/1946.

                                Regular season       Playoffs
                                GP   G   A  Pts    GP   G   A  Pts
1980  Washington Diplomats      27   0   8   8      2   0   0   0
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^JOHNSON, WILLY (Scotland).  Forward.  Scotland Nat. Team 1978. 
Born 12/19/1948.

Played for West Bromwich Albion in the 1970s.  Failed a drug test in the 1978 
World Cup and was sent home in disgrace.  He plead innocence, saying he was 
taking medicine for his cold.  Played for Glasgow Rangers in 1979.

                                Regular season       Playoffs
                                GP   G   A  Pts    GP   G   A  Pts
1979  Vancouver Whitecaps       27   1  12  14      7   2   0   4
1980  Vancouver Whitecaps       14   2   2   6      -   -   -   -
1982  Vancouver Whitecaps       18   0   5   5      -   -   -   -
                                59   3  19  25      7   2   0   4
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KERI, MIHALJ (Yugo.)  Defender.  Red Star Belgrade.  Nat. Team.
Born 1/15/1951
                                Regular season       Playoffs
                                GP   G   A  Pts    GP   G   A  Pts
1979  Los Angeles Aztecs        30   1   3   5      4   0   0   0
1980  Los Angeles Aztecs        31   2   3   6      8   0   1   1
1981  Los Angeles Aztecs        31   3   3   9      3   0   1   1
1982  Jackosnville Tea Men      13   0   1   1      -   -   -   -
1982  San Jose Earthquakes       9   0   0   0      -   -   -   -
1983  Golden Bay Earthquakes    30   0   2   2      5   0   1   1
1984  Golden Bay Earthquakes    18   0   1   1      -   -   -   -
                               162   6  12  24     20   0   3   3
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^KIDD, BRIAN (England).  Striker.  Everton, Arsenal, Manchester United.  
National team caps.  Born 5/29/1949.

Later assistant to manager Alex Ferguson at Manchester United.

                                Regular season       Playoffs
                                GP   G   A  Pts    GP   G   A  Pts
1981  Atlanta Chiefs            27  22   8  52      2   1   0   2
1982  Ft. Lauderdale Strikers   23  15   6  36      5   1   1   3
1983  Ft. Lauderdale Strikers   21  18   3  39      2   0   1   1
1984  Minnesota Strikers        13   8   3  19      -   -   -   -
                                84  63  20 146      9   2   2   6
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KOZIC, REFIK "Kokie" (Yugo.).  Defender.  Purchased by Cosmos, but 
did not play for them.  Partizan Belgrade.  Born 12/25/1951.

                                Regular season       Playoffs
                                GP   G   A  Pts    GP   G   A  Pts
1980  Tampa Bay Rowdies         32   2   2   6      4   0   1   1
1981  Tampa Bay Rowdies         31   4   0   8      5   1   0   2
1982  Tampa Bay Rowdies         25   0   2   2      -   -   -   -
1983  Tampa Bay Rowdies         16   1   1   3      -   -   -   -
1984  Tampa Bay Rowdies         21   0   0   0      -   -   -   -
                               125   7   5  19      9   1   1   3
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*KREMERS, HELMUT (Germany).  Left Back.  8 Caps.  World Cup 1974.
Born 3/24/1949.  Borussia Monchengladbach, Fortuna Dusseldorf, Shalke '04.

                                Regular season       Playoffs
                                GP   G   A  Pts    GP   G   A  Pts
1981  Calgary Boomers           31   3   9  15      1   0   0   0
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^KRISTENSEN, JORGEN (Denmark).  Forward.  19 Caps.  Sparta Rotterdam, Feynoord, 
Hertha Berlin.  Born 2/12/1946.

                                Regular season       Playoffs
                                GP   G   A  Pts    GP   G   A  Pts
1968  Detroit Cougars           27   9   1  19      -   -   -   -
1978  Chicago Sting             19   5  15  25      -   -   -   -
1979  Chicago Sting             30   4  22  30      3   0   1   1
1980  Chicago Sting             15   3   5  11      -   -   -   -
1980  Tulsa Roughnecks          11   1  10  12      2   0   0   0
1981  Calgary Boomers           28   3  20  26      2   0   0   0
                               129  25  73 123      7   0   1   1
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*KROL, RUDOLF JOSEF (Rudi) (Neth.)  Defender.  AS Napilo, Cannes,
Nice.  Now coach. 83 Caps.  World Cup, 1974, 78, 82. Played for 
Ajax with Johan Cruyff in the 1970s.  Born 3/23/1949.

                                Regular season       Playoffs
                                GP   G   A  Pts    GP   G   A  Pts
1980  Vancouver Whitecaps       14   0   5   5      2   0   1   1
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*LENARDUZZI, Bobby (Canada).  Defender, midfielder, striker.  World Cup '86. 
47 caps.  Born 5/1/1955. 

One of the best players ever produced in Canada, Bob Lenarduzzi played in 
more NASL games than any other player, and lso held the longest tenure ever 
with a single team - appearing in 312 games over 11 seasons.  He made his 
debut with the Vancouver Whitecaps first game on May 5, 1974.  During his 
long tenure he played every position, even including goalkeeper.  His best 
season was 1978 when, as a midfielder, he scored 10 goals and 17 assists.  
The following season, he moved to left back and helped the Whitecaps win 
Soccer Bowl 1979.  

Before his NASL debut, Lenarduzzi had left Vancouver at the age of 15 to 
become an apprentice with Reading.  He eventually appeared in 67 games and 
scored two goals.  His first international was against Poland in 1973 in a 
game at toronto.  he also played for the 1984 Canadian olympic team, and 
earned his 47th and final cap in World Cup 1986.  His older brother Sam 
Lenarduzzi also played for Vancouver and Canada.  In 1987, he became player-
coach of the Vancouver 86ers in the Canadian Soccer League, leading them to 
the CSL championship in 1988. Coached the Canadian National Team in the 
mid 1990's.  An inaugural member of the Canadian Soccer Hall of Fame, 
inducted in 1999.

                                Regular season       Playoffs
                                GP   G   A  Pts    GP   G   A  Pts
1974  Vancouver Whitecaps       19   2   0   4      -   -   -   -
1975  Vancouver Whitecaps       20   3   3   9      -   -   -   -
1976  Vancouver Whitecaps       21   2   2   6      -   -   -   -
1977  Vancouver Whitecaps       26   0   4   4      1   0   0   0
1978  Vancouver Whitecaps       29  10  17  37      3   1   2   4
1979  Vancouver Whitecaps       28   3   3   9      7   0   2   2
1980  Vancouver Whitecaps       30   2   7  11      2   0   1   1
1981  Vancouver Whitecaps       32   5   9  19      2   0   0   0
1982  Vancouver Whitecaps       31   1   3   5      3   0   0   0
1983  Vancouver Whitecaps       28   2   5   9      3   0   2   2
1984  Vancouver Whitecaps       24   1   4   6      3   1   0   2
                               288  31  57 119     24   2   7  11
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LEY, GEORGE (Engl.).  Defender.  Portsmouth (England).  Marked Pele 
in Pele's first game.  Born 4/1/1946.

                                Regular season       Playoffs
                                GP   G   A  Pts    GP   G   A  Pts
1974  Dallas Tornado            10   0   1   1      2   0   0   0
1975  Dallas Tornado            18   4   5  13      -   -   -   -
1976  Dallas Tornado            22   2   4   8      2   0   0   0
1977  Dallas Tornado            24   2   5   9      2   0   0   0
1978  Dallas Tornado            29   0   3   3      -   -   -   -
1979  Dallas Tornado            22   0   6   6      1   0   0   0
                               125   8  24  40      7   0   0   0
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*LORIMER, PETER (Scot.)  Striker.  Leeds United (early 70's), York City.  
National team Caps, 1974 World Cup.  Born 12/4/1946.

Was part of the team that set a record for conssectutive passes in a
league match (52). 1972 FA Cup Final. Also one of the hardest shots
in football, recored at well over 90 mph at the 1974 World Cup.

                                Regular season       Playoffs
                                GP   G   A  Pts    GP   G   A  Pts
1979  Toronto Blizzard          29   9  13  31      2   0   0   0
1980  Toronto Blizzard          18   2   5   9      -   -   -   -
1981  Vancouver Whitecaps       27   8  17  33      1   0   0   0
1982  Vancouver Whitecaps       28  10  10  30      3   1   0   2
1983  Vancouver Whitecaps       25   4  10  18      3   0   2   2
                               127  33  55 121      9   1   2   4
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*MARINHO (Francisco Das Chagas Marinho) (Brazil) Left Back.  Sao Paulo, 
Botafogo, Flumenese.  28 Caps.  Born 2/8/1952.  1974 World Cup.

                                Regular season       Playoffs
                                GP   G   A  Pts    GP   G   A  Pts
1979  New York Cosmos           24   8   8  24      6   1   2   4
1980  Ft. Lauderdale Strikers   19   3   5  11      4   0   0   0
                                43  11  13  35     10   1   2   4
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MARSH, RODNEY (Engl.)  Forward, then Midfielder.  Queens Park Rangers, 
Manchester City 1976-1978. 9 Caps for England.  Born 10/11/1944. 

Rodney Marsh brought instant recognition to the Tampa Bay Rowdies when he was 
signed in 1976.  

Marsh began his pro career at Fulham, and began a long stint with Queens 
Park Rangers in 1965.  In 1967, he led the Rangers to the First Division 
League Cup, beating West Bromwich Albion 3-2 at Wembley Stadium.  He 
remained a mainstay with the Rangers for eight seasons, 1965-1972, playing 
211 games and earning 106 goals, during which time he was arguably the 
best Midfielder in England during those years.  He transferred to Manchester 
City in 1972, appearing in 118 games and scoring 36 goals.  

He was signed by Tampa Bay in 1976, scoring 11 goals in 31 games, and 
returning to Fulham for 1976-77.  He returned to the Rwodies for good in 
1977, and played four seasons in all for the Rowdies, scoring 48 goals in 
94 games over the four seasons.  He appeared in Soccer Bowl '79 (having 
missed Soccer Bowl '78 due to a leg infection).  He was also named to two 
NASL All-Star teams.  

He retired after 1979, and coached the New york United and Carolina 
Lightnin' teams in the ASL, before returning to the Rowdies to coach their 
final year in 1984.

Marsh made 9 appearances for the English National team

                                Regular season       Playoffs
                                GP   G   A  Pts    GP   G   A  Pts
1976  Tampa Bay Rowdies         21  11   9   31    2   1   1   3
1977  Tampa Bay Rowdies         24   8  11   27    1   0   0   0
1978  Tampa Bay Rowdies         26  18  16   52    5   3   3   9
1979  Tampa Bay Rowdies         23  11  14   36    8   1   3   5
                                94  48  50  146   16   5   7  17
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*MASNIK, JUAN (Uruguay)  Central Defender.  24 Caps.  World Cup 1974.
Born 3/2/1943.

                                Regular season       Playoffs
                                GP   G   A  Pts    GP   G   A  Pts
1975  New York Cosmos            6   0   0   0      -   -   -   -
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^MAUSSER, Arnie (U.S.).  Goalkeeper.  34 caps.  Born 2/28/1954.

Arguably the finest goalkeeper the U.S. ever produced, Arnie had a long 
career with 8 different NASL teams.  He was a big man with a very 
unrthodox technique: A very effective distributor of the ball, he threw 
right handed but kicked left.  He earned 35 shutouts during his ten years 
with the NASL, and his stellar performances earned him the starting 
goalkeeper position for the national team with which he earned 34 caps 
between 1975 and 1986.  He was selected to the NASL first all-star team in 
1976.  Mausser also played with the Rhode Island Oceaneers of the ASL before 
joining the NASL in 1975.

                                Regular season   Playoffs
                                GP  GA  SO        GP  GA  SO
1975  Hartford Bicentennials    22  50   2         -   -   -
1976  Tampa Bay Rowdies         24  28   6         2   3   0
1977  Vancouver Whitecaps       26  44   8         1   2   0
1978  Colorado Caribous         28  61   3         -   -   -
1979  Ft. Lauderdale Strikers   29  58   3         2   3   0
1980  Ft. Lauderdale Strikers    8   8   2         -   -   -
      New England Tea Men        2   1   1         1   1   0 
1981  Jacksonville Tea Men      31  39   3         2   3   0
1982  Jacksonville Tea Men      19  47   2         -   -   -
1983  Team America              12  21   2         -   -   -
1984  Tampa Bay Rowdies         23  57   3         -   -   -  
                               224 414  35         8  12   0
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^MCALISTER, JIM (USA)  Defender.  Went straight from JFK High school 
to Seattle in 1976.  6 caps.  NASL Rookie of the year.  
Born Bronx, USA 4/5/57.

One of the early US success stories, Jim McAlister had a long successful 
career with the NASL when most US players were benchwarmers put out only 
to meet the NASL American quotas.  McAlister went from high school 
straight to the Seattle Sounders in 1976 and found a regular spot on their 
defending lines, making it to the Soccer Bowl '77 against Pele and the 
Cosmos.  He also had 6 caps for the US national team.  

                                Regular season       Playoffs
                                GP   G   A  Pts    GP   G   A  Pts
1976  Seattle Sounders           2   0   0    0     -   -   -   -
1977  Seattle Sounders          22   0   0    0     6   0   0   0
1978  Seattle Sounders          29   1   1    3     1   0   0   0
1979  Seattle Sounders          19   1   1    3     0   0   0   0
1980  Toronto Blizzard           8   0   0    0     -   -   -   -
1981  San Jose Earthquakes      30   0   2    2     -   -   -   -
1982  San Jose Earthquakes      27   0   2    2     -   -   -   -
1983  Golden Bay Earthquakes     3   0   1    1     4   0   0   0
                               140   2   7   11    11   0   1   1
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MCBRIDE, Pat (U.S.).  Midfielder.  Born 11/13/1943.  

One of the pioneering successful American players, Pat McBride was an original 
member of the NASL, playing for the St. Louis stars in their initial 1967 season
in the National Professional Soccer League.

                                Regular season       Playoffs
                                GP   G   A  Pts    GP   G   A  Pts
1967  St. Louis Stars           21   1   1   3      -   -   -   -
1968  St. Louis Stars           27   2   0   4      -   -   -   -
1969  St. Louis Stars           11   2   2   6      -   -   -   -
1970  St. Louis Stars           23   9   1  19      -   -   -   -   
1971  St. Louis Stars           22   7   4  18      -   -   -   -
1972  St. Louis Stars           14   1   4   6      2   0   1   1
1973  St. Louis Stars           19   2   3   7      -   -   -   -
1974  St. Louis Stars           20   4   3  11      -   -   -   -
1975  St. Louis Stars           15   1   3   5      2   0   0   0
1976  St. Louis Stars           21   2   2   6      -   -   -   -
                               193  31  23  85      4   0   1   1
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^MCLEOD, WES (Can.)   Midfielder.  Born 10/24/1957.  Caps.

One of the most consistent and prolific midfielders in the league.  
He led the Rowdies to the conference championships in 1979.  
Was on the National team.  After the demise of the NASL, Wes had a 
successful career in the major Indoor Soccer League.  He joined
the Cosmos for their truncated season in 1984-85, before moving to 
Dallas where he played through 1991.  He appeared in 315 games, scoring 79 
goals for 153 points during these 7 seasons.

                               Regular season       Playoffs
                               GP   G   A  Pts    GP   G   A  Pts
1977   Tampa Bay Rowdies       20   1   5   7      -   -   -   -
1978   Tampa Bay Rowdies       29   5   5  15      6   1   1   3
1979   Tampa Bay Rowdies       30   5   9  19      8   2   0   4
1980   Tampa Bay Rowdies       23   6   3  15      4   5   0  10
1981   Tampa Bay Rowdies       25   7   2  16      5   1   1   3
1982   Tampa Bay Rowdies       31   2   5  10      -   -   -   -
1983   Tampa Bay Rowdies        7   1   1   3      -   -   -   -
1984   Tampa Bay Rowdies       23   7   4  18      -   -   -   -
                              188  34  35 103     23   9   2  20
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*MCPARLAND, PETER (N. Ireland).  Forward.  World Cup 1958.  B. 4/25/1934.

                                Regular season       Playoffs
                                GP   G   A  Pts    GP   G   A  Pts
1967  Atlanta Chiefs            25   6   5  17      -   -   -   -
1968  Atlanta Chiefs            29   7   3  17      4   2   0   4
                                54  13   8  34      4   2   0   4
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^MERRICK, ALAN (England/USA)  Defender.  Minnesota Kicks (1976-79, Los Angeles 
Aztecs (1980), San Jose EarBorn 6/20/1950.  Several caps.

A long-time defender who could score as well, a rarity in the NASL.  Alan came to the 
US after a successful career in the English 1st division, where he appeared
in 139 premier League games and 156 first division League games over ten years, 
as well as appearing 6 FA cups and 9 League cups. Played for the UK Junior World 
Cup team in 1968. Coached the Minnesota Strikers in the MISL 1985-1989.

                                Regular season       Playoffs
                                GP   G   A  Pts    GP   G   A  Pts
1976  Minnesota Kicks           24   1   1   3      3   0   1   1
1977  Minnesota Kicks           26   0   5   5      2   0   0   0
1978  Minnesota Kicks           26   0   4   4      4   0   0   0
1979  Minnesota Kicks           27   3   7  13      2   0   0   0
1980  Los Angeles Aztecs        22   2   3   7      8   0   3   3
1981  San Jose Earthquakes      12   0   1   1      -   -   -   -
      Minnesota Kicks           12   2   0   4      4   0   0   0
1982  Toronto Blizzard          30   5   6  16      3   1   1   3
1983  Team America              18   0   1   1      -   -   -   -
                               197  13  28  54     24   1   5   7
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^MESSING, SHEP (USA)  Goalkeeper.  New York Arrows (MISL, 1980-1985).  
10 caps (US-B team).  Born 10/9/1949.

One of the most successful American goalkeepers in the NASL, Shep Messing 
was the league leader during his 1975 stint with the Boston Minutemen.  
Messing had made his Cosmos Debut on 5/20/73 in an exhibition against Finn 
Harps (Ireland).  He made his mark with the Minutemen, bagging six 
shutouts.  He returned to the Cosmos in 1977, to play alongside Pele, 
Beckenbauer and others to help lead the team to victory in Soccer Bowl 
1977.  He moved to the oakland Stompers in 1978, and Rochester Lancers in 
'79 to great acclaim, before moving returning to the Big Apple in the 
major indoor Soccer League.  Messing had considerable success before his 
NASL career, first starring for Harvard University, and then in the 1971 
Pan-American Games and the 1972 Olympics.  He closed his career with six 
outstanding years with the New york Arrows of the Major Indoor Soccer 
League.  Messing also wrote an acclaimed book, "The Education of an 
American Soccer Player".  Interestingly enough, despite his success, 
Messing never played for the full US National team, although (?) he did 
get 10 caps for the B-team.  Also played for the New York Express of the
MISL in 1987-88.
                                Regular season     Playoffs
                                GP   GA  SO       GP  GA  SO
1974  New York Cosmos            8   15   0        -   -   -
1975  Boston Minutemen          18   17   6        -   -   -
1976  Boston Minutemen           9   12   2        -   -   -
      New York Cosmos           10   12   4        2   3   1
1977  New York Cosmos           20   28   4        6   8   1
1978  Oakland Stompers          25   48   5        -   -   -
1979  Rochester Lancers         29   50   4        -   -   -
                               119  182  25        9  13   2
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^MITCHELL, DALE (Canada).  Forward.  Born  4/21/1958.
One of the finest North American strikers to ever play in the NASL.  

                                Regular season       Playoffs
                                GP   G   A  Pts    GP   G   A  Pts
1977  Vancouver Whitecaps        1   0   0   0      -   -   -   -
1978  Vancouver Whitecaps        4   0   0   0      -   -   -   -
1979  Portland Timbers          12   5   2  12      -   -   -   -
1980  Portland Timbers          27   9   9  27      -   -   -   -
1981  Portland Timbers          31  11   2  24      3   0   0   0
1982  Portland Timbers          30  10  11  31      -   -   -   -
1983  Montreal Manic            24   8   6  22      5   1   0   2
                               129  43  30 116      8   1   0   2
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MITIC, ILIJA (Yugo.)  Midfielder.  Born 7/19/1940 Belgrade, Yugoslavia.

One of the most prolific scorers in the NASL, Mitic, who was 3rd in 1968, 
earned four First All-Star team selections (as forward 1968-69, and 
midfielder in 1973-74).  Mitic starred for Partizan Belgrade of 
Yugoslavia, which won the Yugoslavian championship of 1960-61.  He earned 
2 caps for the U-23 team, and played 8 for the National Youth team.  He 
played later for OFK Belgrade before being signed by Oakland Clippers in 
1967, where he helped the Clippers win the first (and only) NPSL 
championship.  He was 3rd in scoring in the NASL in 1978.  After the 
clippers folded, he moved to Dallas Tornado where he played until 1975.  
He finished his career with 3.5 seasons in San Jose where he continued to 
be a top goalscorer, even as a midfielder.  He finished his NASL career 
with 101 goals in 166 games.  Mitic finished his career 7th on the NASL's 
all-time scoring list and 6th in all-time goals.  

                                Regular season       Playoffs
                                GP   G   A  Pts    GP   G   A  Pts
1967  Oakland Clippers (NPSL)   19  13   3   29     2   0   1   1
1968  Oakland Clippers          28  18  12   48     -   -   -   -
1969  Dallas Tornado            12  11   4   26     -   -   -   -
1973  Dallas Tornado            18  12   1   25     2   0   0   0
1974  Dallas Tornado            19  10   1   21     2   1   0   2
1975  Dallas Tornado             3   2   0    4     -   -   -   -
      San Jose Earthquakes      16  13   3   29     -   -   -   -
1976  San Jose Earthquakes      24  14   9   37     2   3   0   6
1977  San Jose Earthquakes      11   3   1    7     1   1   0   2
1978  San Jose Earthquakes      16   5   3   13     -   -   -   -
                               166 101  37  239     9   5   1  11
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*MOORE, BOBBY (Engl.)  West Ham United, Fulham. World Cup 1966 
(Team Captain). Defender.  Born 12/4/41. Inaugural member 
of the International Soccer Hall of Fame.

Bobby Moore won the then record of 108 caps for England during the 1960s 
and 1970s.  Highly respected player by all of his peers, worldwide.  Most 
folks forget, but Bobby Moore also played AGAINST England once.  It was 
for Team America, of all teams, in the 1976 U.S. Bicentennial tournament 
that also included Italy and Brasil.  England won 3-0.  Bobby spent much 
of his career with West Ham United, ending it with Fulham.  Bobby Moore 
died of cancer in February 1993, aged 51. Had a role in 1980's Stallone 
movie ("Escape to Victory" - released in US as "Victory".  Died in 1993.

                                Regular season       Playoffs
                                GP   G   A  Pts    GP   G   A  Pts
1976  San Antonio Thunder       24   1   0   2      -   -   -   -
1978  Seattle Sounders           7   0   1   1      1   -   -   -
                                31   1   1   3      1   0   0   0
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MOYERS, Steve (U.S.).  Forward.  Born 9/23/1956.

                                Regular season       Playoffs
                                GP   G   A  Pts    GP   G   A  Pts
1977  St. Louis Stars            3   1   1    3     -   -   -   -
1978  California Surf           26   7   4   18     1   0   0   0
1979  California Surf           16   4   3   11     2   1   0   2
1980  California Surf           26  13   3   29     3   1   1   3
1981  California Surf           29  11   6   28     -   -   -   -
1982  New York Cosmos           28  13   9   35     -   -   -   -
1983  New York Cosmos           30  15  11   41     1   0   0   0
1984  New York Cosmos            8   1   0    2     -   -   -   -
                               166  65  37  167     7   2   1   5
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*MULLER, GERD (Gerhard) (Germany)  Striker.  Bayern Munich.  
62 Caps.  World Cup 70,74 (Top scorer in 1974). Born 11/3/1945. 
Inaugural member of the International Soccer Hall of Fame.

One of the first of the wave of international stars to join the NASL after 
Pele's tumultous final season had brought NASL into the national 
consciousness, Gerd was one of the top European stars of the 70's.  
Longtime forward for Bayern Munich in West Germany, Muller had capped 62 
times, and played in the 1970, and 74 world cups (top scorer in 1974).  
One of the most dangerous goalscorers in the world in the 18-yard box.  
With his massive tree-trunk thighs, was known affectionately as "Der 
Bomber".  

Muller joined the Ft. Lauderdale Strikers in 1979, Muller finished 3rd in 
scoring that year.  In 1980, he helped take the Strikers to the Soccer 
Bowl at RFK Stadium where they lost 0-3 to the Cosmos.  By 1981, Muller 
played more of a substitution role, missing the last few games and the 
entire playoffs.  Although his NASL career was brief, his contributions 
were significant, and his international stature brought prestige to the 
Strikers during his time with the team.

                                Regular season       Playoffs
                                GP   G   A  Pts    GP   G   A  Pts
1979  Ft. Lauderdale Strikers   25  19  17   55    2    0   0   0
1980  Ft. Lauderdale Strikers   29  14   8   36    7    2   4   8
1981  Ft. Lauderdale Strikers   17   5   2   12    -    -   -   -
                                71  38  27  103    9    2   4   8
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*NEESKENS, JOHAN (Neth.)  Midfielder.  Ajax, Barcelona, Swiss league.
49 Caps.  World Cup 1974,78.  Currently Dutch National Team assistant 
coach.  Born 9/15/1951.

                                Regular season       Playoffs
                                GP   G   A  Pts    GP   G   A  Pts
1979  New York Cosmos           13   4   7  15      5   2   1   5
1980  New York Cosmos           17   4  10  18      1   0   0   0
1981  New York Cosmos            6   2   0   4      5   1   1   3
1982  New York Cosmos           17   0   3   3      1   0   0   0
1983  New York Cosmos           23   2   7  11      1   0   0   0
1984  New York Cosmos           18   5   1  11      -   -   -   -
                                94  17  28  62     13   3   2   8
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^NICHOLL, JIMMY (N. Ireland/Canada)  Midfielder.  Manchester United.  
Had a great goal for N. Ireland in Spain.  born 12/28/1956.

                                Regular season       Playoffs
                                GP   G   A  Pts    GP   G   A  Pts
1982  Toronto Blizzard          16   3   3   9      3   0   0   0
1983  Toronto Blizzard          28   7   6  20      6   0   0   0
1984  Toronto Blizzard          21   1   5   7      3   0   1   1
                                65  11  14  36     12   0   1   1
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^NORDQVIST, BJORN (Sweden). Defender.  Minnesota Kicks.  115 Caps.  
Born 10/6/1942.

One of the all-time appearance leaders for the Swedish national team.

                                Regular season       Playoffs
                                GP   G   A  Pts    GP   G   A  Pts
1979  Minnesota Kicks           30   1   3   5      2   0   0   0
1980  Minnesota Kicks           31   0   6   6      2   0   0   0
                                61   1   9  11      4   0   0   0
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NTSOELENGE, PATRICK (ACE) (South Africa). Midfielder.  All NASL 1st team, 1979. 
Born 2/26/1956.

Ace Ntsoelenge had one of the longest careers of any NASL player - 
extending 12 seasons - from 1973 until the league's demise.  He was one of 
the biggest stars ever to come from South Africa.  His years with 
minnesota were highly successful, and he played in Soccer Bowls 76 and 
84.  Although he was mainly a midfielder, he has strong offensive powerrs 
and often pushed forward to score more goals than even many of the 
strikers on his team.  For much of his career he returned home regularly 
to play for the Kaizer Chiefs of Johannesburg, one of the legendary South 
African clubs, during the NASL off-season.  Ace was 8th on the all-time 
NASL goals scored list, and 5th on all-time assists and points scored 
lists  Ace was tied with Art Welch, Bobby Lenarduzzi, and LeRoy DeLeon for 
most seasons played in the NASL - 11 seasons.

                                Regular season       Playoffs
                                GP   G   A  Pts    GP   G   A  Pts
1973  Miami Toros                9   3   2   8      -   -   -   -
1975  Denver Dynamo             21  10   5  25      -   -   -   -
1976  Minnesota Kicks           22   6   4  16      3   1   0   2
1977  Minnesota Kicks           21   3   5  11      2   0   0   0
1978  Minnesota Kicks           29   9   8  26      4   1   0   2
1979  Minnesota Kicks           29   8  11  27      2   1   0   2
1980  Minnesota Kicks           32  13  17  43      2   0   0   0
1981  Minnesota Kicks           22  12   7  31      1   0   0   0
1982  Toronto Blizzard          32  14  12  40      3   1   2   4
1983  Toronto Blizzard           6   1   3   5      6   2   1   5
1984  Toronto Blizzard          21   8   8  24      4   1   3   5
                               244  87  82 256     27   7   6  20
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*OSCAR (Jose Oscar Bernardi) (Brazil). 60 Caps.  Defender.  Sao Paulo,
 A. A. Ponte Preto.  1978, 1982 World Cups.  Born 6/20/1954.

                                Regular season       Playoffs
                                GP   G   A  Pts    GP   G   A  Pts
1980  New York Cosmos           3    0   0   0      0   0   0   0 
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^OSGOOD, PETER. (Engl.) forward.  4 Caps.  Born 2/20/1947.
Played for Chelsea in the 1960s and early 1970s.  
                                Regular season       Playoffs
                                GP   G   A  Pts    GP   G   A  Pts
1978  Philadelphia Fury         22   1   8  10      -   -   -   -
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