Team Hawaii

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Team Hawaii
Logo
Full name Team Hawaii
Nickname(s) none
Founded 1977
Dissolved 1977
Ground Aloha Stadium
Capacity 50,000
Manager Hubert Vogelsinger
Charlie Mitchell
League North American Soccer League

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.

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 roster

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

Year-by-year

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

Notes

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


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