It’s been half a century, and it’s time to CELEBRATE.
The calendar of events is:
Friday, October 19
- 2:00 pm, NASL50th Press Conference at Toyota Stadium, Frisco, TX
- 8:00 am-midnight, NASL reunion get-together/hospitality at Westin Hotel
Saturday, October 20
- 9:30-10:30 am, practice session at FC Dallas’ Toyota Stadium for those playing in the Legends Game.
- 12 noon, NASL50th! Luncheon at Toyota Stadium
- 8:00 pm-midnight, NASL reunion get-together/hospitality at Westin Hotel
Sunday, October 21
- 11 am-noon, practice session at FC Dallas’ Toyota Stadium for those playing in the Legends Game.
- 4:00 pm, FC Dallas v Sporting Kansas City, MLS game
- 6:30 pm (approximately), NASL Legends Game
- Post-Game Party at the London Pub across from Toyota Stadium
Join us October 19-21, 2018
To avoid confusion, please be aware that the NASL50th events are being held alongside but separate from the National Soccer Hall of Fame opening, induction ceremony, and concert on October 20. There will also be a SASH (Society for American Soccer History) conference during the weekend, exploring a variety of historical topics about the game in the USA.
Transportation will be provided for NASL personnel and their families staying at the Westin Hotel and will run from the airports to the hotel, to Toyota Stadium for all of the listed events, and finally back to the airports. Hotel shuttle buses operate regularly to major shopping areas.
The hotel is set, and it’s time to start making your plans.
The NASL50! Room block is at the luxurious Westin Stonebriar Hotel & Golf Club. For all the NASL golfers, make up your foursomes and head for the links. The Westin’s golf pro shop number is 972/668-8748.
Celebrating 50 years!
If you would like to support our efforts to produce a memorable weekend and celebrate the achievements of the 1968-84 North American Soccer League, please contact the organizers. Various levels of sponsorship are available.
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The NASL Legends Game
Legendary players from the league come together in the NASL Legends game. The match, at Toyota Stadium, is scheduled to kickoff at 6:30 p.m. (Central time), immediately after the MLS match between FC Dallas and Sporting Kansas City.
Bobby Moffat on life in American pro soccer in the 1970s
In 1975, during Bobby Moffat’s fifth season with the Dallas Tornado, he played against Pele in the Brazilian great’s debut game for the New York Cosmos. It was something Moffat couldn’t have imagined during his early years in the old NASL after leaving England at age 24 for the Tornado’s 1970 season.
“When you’re 19 you don’t think past the next week. I was thrilled to be with a professional team close to home."
"Back in the late 1960s Jan Book, a 19-year-old soccer player from Sweden, could have never conceived that the North American Soccer League was about to change his life."
“There were 17 teams, we were competitive and were successful against some international teams. It was a good year.”
“After 11 years in the NASL we had some damn good experience playing against international players.”
"It was a very liberating experience to come to the U.S. and attend college -- I met so many wonderful people, I played with excellent players from all over the world, I got an education."
"I was pretty cocky at the time, and thought I can compete in this league. So I went with it -- it was a good decision, a great decision."
“I always feel good to know I was part of the beginning of what I think has been a great influence on the development of soccer in America,”
“I’m not a guy who does things in half. They only wanted me to go for the summer. But if I was to commit, it had to be full on.”
“Like every other guy who played in the NASL, I take pride in the part we played in soccer in this country,”
"In the end, was the NASL a failure? Absolutely not. It laid the groundwork for where we are today."
"I told him that ‘if you go there you can win the European Cup, but if you come to America you can win a country.’"
“George got me started understanding the game, I had never played, and I never really liked the game,”
"I was on the same field and training every day with some great players. Eighteen years old and now it’s my livelihood.”
"We were expecting 5-7,000 people and they only have six gates open and are 20,000 people out there. It was a great start for soccer in the state of Minnesota."
“The NASL was the first to number jerseys beyond No. 11, to put names on shirts, do clinics, marketing, PR, outreach all those things the rest of world took for granted."