1979 NASL Budweiser Indoor Soccer Invitational
|Budweiser Indoor Soccer Invitational|
|Dates||27 January 1979 –
28 January 1979
|Champions||Dallas Tornado (1st title)|
|Runners-up||Tampa Bay Rowdies|
|Goals scored||42 (10.5 per match)|
|Attendance||12,680 (3,170 per match)|
|Top scorer(s)||Jim Ryan (7 goals)|
The 1979 NASL Budweiser Indoor Soccer Invitational was a four-team indoor soccer tournament held in St. Petersburg, Florida at the Bayfront Center on the last weekend of January of the same year.
Four teams, all from the North American Soccer League, participated in the two-day event; the Dallas Tornado, the Fort Lauderdale Strikers, the Tampa Bay Rowdies, and the Tulsa Roughnecks. Matches were 45 minutes long and divided into three 15-minute periods with an intermission between each. Each session consisted of two games (i.e. a doubleheader). Nearly 12,700 people attended the two sessions. Both Dallas and Tampa Bay won both of their matches, but Dallas Tornado were crowned champions based on a greater goal differential. Dallas forward Jim Ryan lead the invitational in scoring with 7 goals. The tournament's final match saw goalkeeper Winston DuBose of Tampa Bay become only the second NASL goalie to record a rare indoor shut-out. Dallas goalkeeper Ken Cooper had accomplished the feat on two previous occasions.
These were not the only indoor games played that winter. With a fully sanctioned season of indoor soccer still eleven months away, NASL teams were free to schedule their own games at that time. Tampa Bay, for example played three other indoor matches. By contrast, Fort Lauderdale scheduled only the two games of the invitational.
Session 1: January 27, 1979
|7:00 PM EST||Dallas Tornado||8 – 7||Tulsa Roughnecks||Attendance: 6,342|
|8:30 PM EST||Tampa Bay Rowdies||6 – 4||Fort Lauderdale Strikers|
Session 2: January 28, 1979
|6:00 PM EST||Dallas Tornado||7 – 2||Fort Lauderdale Strikers||Attendance: 6,338|
|7:30 PM EST||Tampa Bay Rowdies||3 – 0||Tulsa Roughnecks|
|1979 Budweiser Indoor Soccer Invitational|
|Dallas Tornado*||NASL||2–0||1st place||15||9||+6|
|Tampa Bay Rowdies||NASL||2–0||2nd place (Runners-up)||9||4||+5|
|Tulsa Roughnecks||NASL||0–2||3rd place||7||11||-4|
|Fort Lauderdale Strikers||NASL||0–2||4th place||6||13||-7|
* Dallas wins title on goal differential