Major Soccer League


Major Soccer League

Infobox sports league
logo=Misl1.pngpixels=219px
sport=indoor soccer
founded=1978
teams=high of 14
country=USA
champion=San Diego Sockers
folded=1992
:"This article is about the 1978-1992 Major Indoor Soccer League. For information about the current MISL see MISL. For information about the current outdoor league, see MLS."

The Major Soccer League, originally called the Major Indoor Soccer League, was an indoor soccer league in the USA from 1978 to 1992. After the folding of the North American Soccer League (NASL) in 1984, the MISL was the Division I soccer league for the United States. The MISL changed its name to Major Soccer League in 1990. After the league folded in 1992, the Cleveland and Wichita teams joined the National Professional Soccer League. Two other teams (Dallas and San Diego) helped found the Continental Indoor Soccer League.

For two weeks in 1986, players faced a lock out as part of a labor dispute.

The MISL was one of the few "non-major" (NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL) leagues to actually have a video game of its sport created. "MISL Soccer" came out in 1988 for the Commodore 64.

MISL/MSL All-Time stats leaders

Points

# 1,123--Steve Zungul (New York Arrows, Golden Bay Earthquakes, San Diego Sockers, Tacoma Stars)
# 841--Branko Segota (New York Arrows, San Diego Sockers, St.Louis Storm)
# 690--Tatu (Dallas Sidekicks)
# 686--Dale Mitchell (Tacoma Stars, Kansas City Comets, Baltimore Blast)
# 683--Kai Haaskivi (Houston Summit, Cleveland Force, Baltimore Blast, Cleveland Crunch)
# 682--Jan Goossens (Golden Bay Earthquakes, Minnesota Strikers, Kansas City Comets, Dallas Sidekicks)
# 664--Preki (Tacoma Stars, St. Louis Storm)
# 612--Chico Borja (Las Vegas Americans, Wichita Wings, Los Angeles Lazers)
# 544--Fred Grgurev (Philadelphia Fever, New York Arrows, New Jersey Rockets, Memphis/Las Vegas Americans, Pittsburgh Spirit, New York Express)
# 542--Stan Stamenkovic (Memphis Americans, Baltimore Blast)

Goals

# 652--Steve Zungul (New York Arrows, Goden Bay Earthquakes, San Diego Sockers, Tacoma Stars)
# 463--Branko Segota (New York Arrows, San Diego Sockers, St. Louis Storm)
# 406--Tatu (Dallas Sidekicks)
# 406--Dale Mitchell (Tacoma Stars, Kansas City Comets, Baltimore Blast)
# 344--Jan Goossens (Golden Bay Earthquakes, Minnesota Strikers, Kansas City Comets, Dallas Sidekicks)
# 332--Preki (Tacoma Stars, St. Louis Storm)
# 331--Fred Grgurev (Philadelphia Fever, New York Arrows, New Jersey Rockets, Memphis/Las Vegas Americans, Pittsburgh Spirit, New York Express)
# 307--Andy Chapman (Wichita Wings, Cleveland Force, Baltimore Blast)
# 297--Craig Allen (New Jersey Rockets, Cleveland Force)
# 297--Kai Haaskivi (Houston Summit, Cleveland Force, Baltimore Blast, Cleveland Crunch)

Assists

# 471--Steve Zungul (New York Arrows, Golden Bay Earthquakes, San Diego Sockers, Tacoma Stars)
# 386--Kai Haaskivi (Houston Summit, Cleveland Force, Baltimore Blast, Cleveland Crunch)
# 378--Branko Segota (New York Arrows, San Diego Sockers, St. Louis Storm)
# 338--Chico Borja (Las Vegas Americans, Wichita Wings, Los Angeles Lazers)
# 338--Jan Goossens (Golden Bay Earthquakes, Minnesota Strikers, Kansas City Comets, Dallas Sidekicks)
# 332--Preki (Tacoma Stars, St. Louis Storm)
# 311--Stan Stamenkovic (Memphis Americans, Baltimore Blast)
# 284--Tatu (Dallas Sidekicks)
# 280--Dale Mitchell (Tacoma Stars, Kansas City Comets, Baltimore Blast)
# 271--Jorgen Kristensen (Wichita Wings, Kansas City Comets)

Goals Against Average

(9,500 minutes minimum)
# 4.03--Zoltan Toth (New York Arrows, San Diego Sockers, St. Louis Storm)
# 4.09--Tino Lettieri (Minnesota Strikers)
# 4.14--Krzysztof Sobieski (Pittsburgh Spirit, Cleveland Force, Dallas Sidekicks)
# 4.18--Victor Nogueira (Chicago Sting, Cleveland Force, San Diego Sockers)
# 4.21--David Brcic (New York Cosmos, Wichita Wings, Pittsburgh Spirit, Los Angeles Lazers, Kansas City Comets, St. Louis Storm)
# 4.26--Slobo Ilijevski (St. Louis Steamers, Baltimore Blast, St. Louis Storm)
# 4.32--P.J. Johns (Cleveland Force, Tacoma Stars, Cleveland Crunch)
# 4.35--Jim Gorsek (San Diego Sockers, Los Angeles Lazers, Kansas City Comets, St. Louis Storm)
# 4.3972--Joe Papaleo (Pittsburgh Spirit, Tacoma Stars, Dallas Sidekicks)
# 4.3979--Keith Van Eron (Cincinnati Kids, Wichita Wings, Philadelphia Fever, Baltimore Blast, Las Vegas Americans)

MISL/MSL Championship series

SEASON CHAMPION SERIES RUNNER-UP 1978-79 New York Arrows 2 to 0 Philadelphia Fever 1979-80 New York Arrows 7 to 4 Houston Summit 1980-81 New York Arrows 6 to 5 St. Louis Steamers 1981-82 New York Arrows 3 to 2 St. Louis Steamers 1982-83 San Diego Sockers 3 to 2 Baltimore Blast 1983-84 Baltimore Blast 4 to 1 St. Louis Steamers 1984-85 San Diego Sockers 4 to 1 Baltimore Blast 1985-86 San Diego Sockers 4 to 3 Minnesota Strikers 1986-87 Dallas Sidekicks 4 to 3 Tacoma Stars 1987-88 San Diego Sockers 4 to 0 Cleveland Force 1988-89 San Diego Sockers 4 to 3 Baltimore Blast 1989-90 San Diego Sockers 4 to 2 Baltimore Blast 1990-91 San Diego Sockers 4 to 2 Cleveland Crunch 1991-92 San Diego Sockers 4 to 2 Dallas Sidekicks

Most MISL I Championships Won

Note: single game in 1980 and 1981, best-of-three series in 1979, best-of-five 1982 and 1983, all other series best-of-seven.

Teams

* Baltimore Blast (1980-1992)
* Buffalo Stallions (1979-1984)
* Chicago Horizon (1980-1981)
* Chicago Sting (1982-1983; 1984-1988)
* Cincinnati Kids (1978-1979)
* Cleveland Crunch (1989-1992)
* Cleveland Force (1978-1988)
* Dallas Sidekicks (1984-1992)
* Denver Desperados (never played a game)
* Denver Avalanche (1980-1982)
* Detroit Lightning (1979-1980)
* Golden Bay Earthquakes (1982-1983)
* Hartford Hellions (1979-1981)
* Houston Summit (1978-1980)
* Kansas City Comets (1981-1991)
* Las Vegas Americans (1984-1985)
* Los Angeles Lazers (1982-1989)
* Memphis Americans (1981-1984)
* Minnesota Strikers (1984-1988)
* New Jersey Rockets (1981-1982)
* New York Arrows (1978-1984)
* New York Cosmos (1984-1985)
* New York Express (1986-1987)
* Philadelphia Fever (1978-1982)
* Phoenix Inferno/Pride (1980-1984)
* Pittsburgh Spirit (1978-1980; 1981-1986)
* San Diego Sockers (1982-1983; 1984-1992)
* San Francisco Fog (1980-1981)
* St. Louis Steamers (1979-1988)
* St. Louis Storm (1989-1992)
* Tacoma Stars (1983-1992)
* Wichita Wings (1979-1992)

Commissioners

* Earl Foreman (1978-1985)
* Francis Dale (1985-1986)
* Bill Kentling (1986-1989)
* Earl Foreman (1989-1992)

Prominent Players

*Craig Allen
*Batata
*Ralph Black
*Hernan "Chico" Borja
*Andy Chapman
*Paul Child
*Fernando Clavijo
*Dan Counce
*Kevin Crow
*Steve David
*Vic Davidson
*Rick Davis
*Enzo DiPede
*Mike Dowler
*Daryl Doran
*Don Ebert
*Pat Ercoli
*Joey Fink
*Mark Frederickson
*Keith Furphy
*Jan Goossens
*Karl-Heinz Granitza
*Gerry Gray
*Fred Grgurev
*Kai Haaskivi
*Germain Iglesias
*Slobo Ilijevski
*Tommy Jenkins
*Zoran Karic
*Mark Karpun
*Kevin Kewley
*Michael King
*Jorgen Kristensen
*Mike Laschev
*Doc Lawson
*Tino Lettieri
*Mark Liveric
*Dave MacKenzie
*Dave MacWilliams
*Scott Manning
*Pato Margetic
*Hector Marinaro
*Jim May
*Alan Mayer
*Wes McLeod
*Dale Mitchell
*George Nanchoff
*Louie Nanchoff
*Victor Nogueira
*Joe Papaleo
*Steve Pecher
*Hugo Perez
*Ljupko Petrović
*Preki
*Erik Rasmussen
*Kim Roentved
*Carl Rose
*Carlos Salguero
*Bruce Savage
*Branko Segota
*Kris Sobieski
*Stan Stamenkovic
*John Stremlau
*Mike Sweeney
*Stan Terlecki
*Zoltan Toth
*Thompson Usiyan
*Cris Vaccaro
*Carl Valentine
*Keith Van Eron
*Juli Veee
*Tatu
*Peter Ward
*Jean Willrich
*Tim Wittman
*Steve Zungul

External links

* [http://www.oursportscentral.com/misl/index.html "The MISL: A Look Back"]


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