The Houston Hurricane was a soccer team based out of Houston that played in the NASL. They played from 1978 to 1980. Their home field was the Astrodome. Their colors were orange, white and red. The team was the last of six expansion teams granted for the season and had about three months to sign players and sell tickets. Though the coach, Timo Liekoski, who had been an assistant with the Dallas Tornado, was capable, assembling a competitive team in so short a time would be daunting. In any case, the Hurricane placed last in its first season with ten wins of thirty matches (there were no draws in the NASL) and drew a miserable average attendance of 5,806, with only the Chicago Sting and San Diego Sockers drawing less in the thirty-team league.

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  • The Houston Hurricane was a soccer team based out of Houston that played in the NASL. They played from 1978 to 1980. Their home field was the Astrodome. Their colors were orange, white and red. The team was the last of six expansion teams granted for the season and had about three months to sign players and sell tickets. Though the coach, Timo Liekoski, who had been an assistant with the Dallas Tornado, was capable, assembling a competitive team in so short a time would be daunting. In any case, the Hurricane placed last in its first season with ten wins of thirty matches (there were no draws in the NASL) and drew a miserable average attendance of 5,806, with only the Chicago Sting and San Diego Sockers drawing less in the thirty-team league. For 1979, the Hurricane did much better, winning the division with 22 wins in thirty matches, and Liekoski was awarded Coach of the Year honors. But the Hurricane could not do as well in the playoffs, losing to the Philadelphia Fury in two straight. Attendance was better at 6,211 a match but still was next to last in the league - the worst being Philadelphia. Considering that Kyle Rote, Jr. had joined the Hurricane that season, it must have been a disappointment. In any case, Rote left the Hurricane on a relief mission to Cambodia and later retired. The Hurricane didn't do as well in what turned out to be their final season, placing second in the division and again losing in the playoffs versus the Edmonton Drillers. They won fourteen and lost eighteen in the expanded schedule, and attendance fell to 5,818 a match, with only the Atlanta Chiefs and, again, Philadelphia being the only teams with worse gates. That was enough for the Hurricane's owners (who were actually based in Denver, Colorado) and the team folded in late 1980. (en)
  • El Houston Hurricane fue un equipo de fútbol de los Estados Unidos que formó parte de la North American Soccer League, la desaparecida liga de fútbol más importante del país. (es)
  • La franchigia nacque nel 1978, nel periodo di maggior successo della lega NASL e fu l'ultimo dei 6 nuovi affiliati previsti per la nuova stagione. La proprietà ebbe solo tre mesi di tempo a disposizione per acquistare i giocatori e formare la squadra e per il difficile compito scelse come allenatore Timo Liekoski, con alle spalle un'esperienza da assistente nei Dallas Tornado. Il poco tempo a disposizione non permise a Liekoski di mettere insieme un team competitivo e gli Hurricane conclusero la loro prima stagione con sole 10 vittorie e 20 sconfitte. Anche l'affluenza di pubblico non fu delle migliori, con una media di 5.806 spettatori che superava solo quelle dei Chicago Sting e dei San Diego Sockers ben sotto i risultati delle altre 27 franchigie. Nel 1979 gli Hurricane riscattarono la brutta stagione precedente, vincendo la divisione con 22 vittorie su 30, e Liekoski fu nominato allenatore dell'anno. Sfortunatamente i playoff non furono altrettanto esaltanti, e videro il club texano sconfitto due volte dai Philadelphia Fury ed eliminato. Nonostante gli ottimi risultati e la presenza in squadra di giocatori come Kyle Rote Jr. i risultati al botteghino furono nuovamente deludenti, con poco più di 6000 spettatori a partita. La squadra rinunciò ad iscriversi al campionato indoor e giocò un'ultima stagione nella NASL che la vide ottenere il secondo posto nella divisione per poi perdere nuovamente al primo turno dei playoff, stavolta contro gli Edmonton Drillers. Per il terzo anno consecutivo l'affluenza si mantenne bassa, 5.818 a partita, e i proprietari decisero che era tempo di terminare l'esperimento e abbandonare la franchigia. (it)
  • Houston Hurricane is een voormalige Amerikaanse voetbalclub uit Houston, Texas. De club werd opgericht in 1978 en later dat seizoen opgeheven. Het thuisstadion van de club was het Astrodome dat plaats bood aan 45.000 toeschouwers. Ze speelden drie seizoenen in de North American Soccer League. Daarin werden geen aansprekende resultaten behaald. (nl)
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  • El Houston Hurricane fue un equipo de fútbol de los Estados Unidos que formó parte de la North American Soccer League, la desaparecida liga de fútbol más importante del país. (es)
  • Houston Hurricane is een voormalige Amerikaanse voetbalclub uit Houston, Texas. De club werd opgericht in 1978 en later dat seizoen opgeheven. Het thuisstadion van de club was het Astrodome dat plaats bood aan 45.000 toeschouwers. Ze speelden drie seizoenen in de North American Soccer League. Daarin werden geen aansprekende resultaten behaald. (nl)
  • The Houston Hurricane was a soccer team based out of Houston that played in the NASL. They played from 1978 to 1980. Their home field was the Astrodome. Their colors were orange, white and red. The team was the last of six expansion teams granted for the season and had about three months to sign players and sell tickets. Though the coach, Timo Liekoski, who had been an assistant with the Dallas Tornado, was capable, assembling a competitive team in so short a time would be daunting. In any case, the Hurricane placed last in its first season with ten wins of thirty matches (there were no draws in the NASL) and drew a miserable average attendance of 5,806, with only the Chicago Sting and San Diego Sockers drawing less in the thirty-team league. (en)
  • La franchigia nacque nel 1978, nel periodo di maggior successo della lega NASL e fu l'ultimo dei 6 nuovi affiliati previsti per la nuova stagione. La proprietà ebbe solo tre mesi di tempo a disposizione per acquistare i giocatori e formare la squadra e per il difficile compito scelse come allenatore Timo Liekoski, con alle spalle un'esperienza da assistente nei Dallas Tornado. Il poco tempo a disposizione non permise a Liekoski di mettere insieme un team competitivo e gli Hurricane conclusero la loro prima stagione con sole 10 vittorie e 20 sconfitte. Anche l'affluenza di pubblico non fu delle migliori, con una media di 5.806 spettatori che superava solo quelle dei Chicago Sting e dei San Diego Sockers ben sotto i risultati delle altre 27 franchigie. (it)
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