Chicago Mustangs (1967–68) Article

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Chicago Mustangs
Chicago Mustangs logo.png
Founded1967
Dissolved1968
Ground Comiskey Park
Capacity46,550 (1954-1972)
Owner Arthur Allyn, Jr.
President John Allyn
League United Soccer Association (1967)
North American Soccer League (1968)
19682nd, Lakes Division

The Chicago Mustangs were an American professional soccer team based out of Chicago, Illinois that was a charter member of the United Soccer Association in 1967. The league was made up of teams imported whole from foreign leagues. [1] The Chicago club was actually Cagliari Calcio from Italy. [2] [3] The franchise was owned by Arthur Allyn Jr., the owner of Artnell Corporation and Major League Baseball's Chicago White Sox. The Mustangs shared Allyn-owned Comiskey Park with the White Sox for its home matches. They drew just 25,237 paid admissions over the course of 6 home games. [2]

Following the 1967 season, the USA merged with the National Professional Soccer League (NPSL) to form the North American Soccer League (NASL) with the teams from the former USA having to create their rosters from scratch. Chicago left the NASL after one season. [4] After 1968, the Mustangs became a semi-pro team and eventually became a B-Team/feeder team to the Chicago Sting.

Year-by-year

Year League W L T Pts Regular Season Playoffs Avg, Attendance
1967 USA 3 2 7 13 3rd, Western Division Did Not Qualify 4,207
1968 NASL 13 10 9 164 2nd, Lakes Division Did Not Qualify 2,463

References

  1. ^ Rowbotham, Simon (February 24, 2014). "Shamrock Rovers and Glentoran tie casts memories back to 1967's summer of love". extratime.ie. Retrieved March 14, 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Mustangs Tie in Last Home Game". Chicago Tribune. Chicago, IL: Tribune Publishing. July 2, 1967. pp. 2–7. Retrieved March 7, 2015.
  3. ^ Furmanov, Vadim (August 27, 2013). "Cagliari and their brief incarnation as the Chicago Mustangs". World Soccer. Retrieved December 12, 2013.
  4. ^ Korsower, Abe (November 2, 1968). "Pro Soccer Suspended; Mustangs May Disband". Chicago Tribune. Chicago, IL: Tribune Publishing. p. 2-1. Retrieved March 7, 2015.