Team Hawaii

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Team Hawaii
Full nameTeam Hawaii
GroundAloha Stadium
ManagerHubert Vogelsinger
Charlie Mitchell
LeagueNorth American Soccer League

Team Hawaii was a soccer team based out of Honolulu that played in the NASL for one season, 1977. Their home field was Aloha Stadium.

After two unsuccessful years as the San Antonio Thunder, the franchise moved to Hawai'i in time for the 1977 season. The club was originally coached by Hubert Vogelsinger, but after he became ill midway through the season, Charlie Mitchell took over and served as player-coach for the remainder of the campaign. On the field, Hawaii had an 11-15 record and failed to qualify for the playoffs; at the box office, the team never came close to filling their 50,000-seat stadium. (A decent crowd of 12,877 attended their match against the New York Cosmos in April, but none of their other twelve home games drew even half of that; they managed only 4,543 per game for the season.)

Being thousands of miles away from their opponents, travel became a significant issue for Team Hawaii. The club would often go on four- or five-game road trips to the mainland, while visiting teams would usually coordinate playing in Hawaii with games against west coast teams.

With the poor attendances and high travel costs, the club lost an estimated $500,000 to one million dollars in 1977. After speculation the franchise would move to Milwaukee, Atlanta or Houston, Team Hawaii officially shifted to Tulsa on November 14, 1977 to become the Tulsa Roughnecks.

To date, they remain Hawaii's only major professional soccer team and one of two major professional sports teams to play in the state (the other being The Hawaiians that played in the WFL in 1974-75).

1977 roster[edit]

Last updated 20 April 2009.[1] Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
0 GK United States USA Jimmy Joerg
1 GK England ENG Peter Fox
2 DF United States USA Chris Carenza
3 DF Brazil BRA Ismael Moreira
3 DF United States USA Dave Stahl
4 DF United States USA Mark Stahl
5 DF Scotland SCO Charlie Mitchell
6 DF Germany GER Peter Nover
7 DF England ENG Tommy Taylor
8 DF England ENG Keith Coleman
11 DF Germany GER Axel Neumann
13 DF United States USA Ed Pitney
21 DF Canada CAN Tim Hunter
No. Pos. Nation Player
9 MF Scotland SCO Jim Henry
10 MF Portugal POR Diamantino Costa
10 MF England ENG Ben Smith
19 MF England ENG Pat Holland
11 MF England ENG Chris Dangerfield
14 FW Canada CAN Victor Kodelja
15 FW United States USA Dan Counce
16 FW England ENG Brian Tinnon
17 FW Saint Kitts and Nevis SKN Bert Bowery
18 FW Cyprus CYP Yilmaz Orhan
20 FW Ireland EIR Hilary Carlyle


Year League W L Pts Reg. Season Playoffs Attendance
1977 NASL 11 15 106 4th, Pacific Conference, Southern Division Did not qualify 4,543


  1. ^ "Team Hawaii". NASL