who won as many games as any other team in the league

There were other curiosities fifa 15 coins that season. The Oakland Clippers, who won as many games as any other team in the league, scored the most goals and compiled the best goal difference, didn’t even qualify for the play-offs. The NASL had opted to retain the NPSL’s bonus point scheme and as a result Oakland finished second to the San Diego Toros. The Toros, though, faltered in the play-off final, losing to the Atlanta Chiefs, a largely British team whose top scorer was a 23-year-old South African named Kaizer ‘Boy-Boy’ Motaung. (After returning to his own country several years later Motaung used his American experience to found the club he named after himself and his former team: the Kaizer Chiefs.) Once again Atlanta had been managed by Phil Woosnam, his star rising brightly amid the gloom. Assuming the role of general manager had given the university-educated Welshman a seat at league meetings and helped to acquaint him with the machinations of American sport. The enthusiasm, optimism and energy of someone who understood soccer stood out at a time when the league’s future seemed bleak.

Woosnam later claimed league owners had not begun to address their financial difficulties until the season had almost finished, but the yawning expanses of empty seats had been obvious from the start. The Chiefs averaged less than 6,000 in Atlanta. The Toros drew home crowds as low as 2,200, and didn’t even manage 10,000 for their leg of the play- off final. Even Houston now found themselves playing in front of just 3,200 in the Astrodome.

In the larger cities, interest was even more pitiful. The Chicago Mustangs succeeded in luring only 336 to an early-season match; the Los Angeles Wolves often played in front of fewer than 2,000, which looked more like 20 in their colossal home. Worst of all, fans in New York had all but given up on the Generals. One late-season match drew 1,554 to Yankee Stadium, rather fewer than the baseball team attracted for pre-game batting practice. New York City still teemed with soccer fans, but they were not interested in paying to watch a polyglot unit – of whom Cesar Luis Menotti, the future World Cup-winning manager of Argentina, was one – even if it was now comfortably off the bottom of its division. Nearly 37,000 attended the Generals’ fixture with Detroit, but only because it was part of a doubleheader. Almost all had come to see the match that followed, a friendly between Santos and Benfica on a pitch limited by Yankee Stadium management to a width of just 60 yards. Two months earlier the Generals themselves had played Pelé’s club – and won – in front of more than 15,000, a figure which dropped to just 3,000 for their next home game.