THIS DAY IN SOCCER HISTORY JANUARY 8

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THIS DAY IN SOCCER HISTORY 
January 8, 
1928-The Boston Soccer club clinches the first half championship of the American Soccer League with a 1-0 win over host Newark at David's Stadium.

1969-Saying they would be the only team west of the Mississippi, Joseph I. O'Neill, Chairman of the board of the California Clippers, denies the team made a commitment to play in the North American Soccer League for the upcoming season.

1974-After adding six cities to bring its membership to 13 for the 1974 season, The North American Soccer League says it plans to have 20 teams for the 1975 season, and will raise the entry fee from $75,000 to $250,000.

1978-Randy Garber scores three goals to lead the Washington Diplomats to a second straight win over the Fort Lauderdale Strikers, 8-5 at the DC Armory Starplex.

1980-Former Fort Lauderdale Strikers coach Ron Newman says he is close to an agreement to become Vice President and Head Coach of the American Soccer League's New York Apollo.

1980-Kai Haasikivi registers a goal and two assists to help the Houston Summit to a 4-3 win over the Pittsburgh Spirit at the Houston Summit.

Coming soon: The North American Soccer League Guide 2018!

1981-The Fort Lauderdale Strikers lose for a league record sixth straight time, falling to the Atlanta Chiefs 6-0 at the Hollywood Sportatorium.

1982-The St. Louis Steamers win their seventh straight game, 6-3 over the Denver Avalanche in front of a standing room only crowd of 18,526 at the St. Louis Arena.

1983- NBC Sports announces it has acquired the U.S. broadcast rights for five early round matches and the final of  the 1986 World Cup for a reported $6 million.

1984-Joe Fink scores three goals to lead the Baltimore Blast to a 7-4 win over the Memphis Americans at the Baltimore Arena.

1985-Ken Lolla scores three goals in a 10-7 Canton Invaders win over the Columbus Capitals at Battelle Hall.

1988-Before defeating the Chicago Sting 6-3 at the Baltimore Arena, Blast players are asked if they would be willing to relocate with the franchise if a new lease agreement cannot be worked out with the city.

1991-Tatu registers his sixth hat trick of the season and Bruno Ferretti nets the winner at 13:51 of overtime in the Dallas Sidekicks 6-5 win over the Cleveland Crunch at the Richfield Coliseum.

1999-Zoran Karic's seven goals and 11 points lead the Cleveland Crunch  over the Florida Thundercats  25-11 at the CSU Convocation Center.

2000-Kevin Sloan registers six points (3PG, 2PG, 1PG) in front of 10,128 as the Philadelphia KiXX defeated the Milwaukee Wave 8-7 at the Spectrum.

2002-MLS announces that the Tampa Bay Mutiny and Miami Fusion will immediately cease operations.

2007-AEG reduces its holdings in MLS clubs to three, with the announced sale of D.C. United to a group lead by Victor B. MacFarlane for a reported $33 million.

2010-Senior forward Kelley O'Hara from Stanford University and sophomore forward Teal Bunbury from the University of Akron are named winners of the 2009 Missouri Athletic Club Hermann Trophy.

2017- Paul Caligiuri is named head coach of the  National Premier Soccer League's Orange County FC.

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