- Los Angeles Aztecs
Football club infobox
clubname = |Los Angeles Aztecs
fullname = Los Angeles Aztecs
Weingart Stadium, East Los Angeles College(1974) Murdock Stadium, El Camino Junior College(1975-76) Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum(1977, 1981) Rose Bowl(1978-80)
capacity = 20,355 (East LA)
12,127 (El Camino)
92,542 (Rose Bowl)| chairman = defunct
manager = defunct
league = NASL
The Los Angeles Aztecs was a soccer team that competed in the
North American Soccer Leaguefrom 1974-81. The team was based in Los Angeles, Californiaand part-owned (for a time) by Elton John.
The Aztecs are remembered for their mixed success and were sometimes compared to the
New York Cosmosas the Cosmos of the West Coast. However, they did not draw nearly as well as the Cosmos, or even the Seattle Sounders, who were consistently the attendance leaders among the Western N.A.S.L. teams. They won the 1974 Soccer Bowlover the Miami Toros. In 1976, a fading George Bestsigned with the team and played from 1976to 1978. In 1979attendance peaked (with an average attendance of around 14,000)as Rinus Michelssigned the Dutch superstar Johan Cruyff who went on to win the NASL Most Valuable Player Awardin his one year with the Aztecs.
Rookie of the Year
* 1979 Johan Cruyff
Colin Boulton(1979) [http://www.neilbrown.newcastlefans.com/player1/colinboulton.htm]
Colin Clarke (Scottish Footballer)(1978) [http://www.neilbrown.newcastlefans.com/player2/colinclarke.htm]
*flagicon|SCO Charlie Cooke (1976-78)
*flagicon|NED Johan Cruyff
Alan Kelley(1976) [http://home.att.net/~nasl/rosters/aztecs.htm]
Rich D'Sa (R)
Edgar Sorlino (R)(1978) [http://home.att.net/~nasl/rosters/aztecs.htm]
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