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The Chicago Sting (1975-1988) was an American professional soccer team based in Chicago, Illinoismarker. The Sting played in the North American Soccer League from 1975 to 1984 and in the Major Indoor Soccer League from 1984 to 1988. They were North American Champions in 1981 and 1984.

The Sting were founded in 1975 by Lee Stern of Chicago. A few years after founding the Sting, Stern brought Willy Roy on as head coach. Roy coached the Sting for the remainder of their outdoor existence.

The team was named in reference to the popular 1973 film, The Sting, whose action was set in Chicago of the 1930s.

The club played at various venues. The outdoor team spread their home games at Soldier Fieldmarker, Wrigley Fieldmarker, and Comiskey Parkmarker. The indoor entry called both Chicago Stadiummarker and the Rosemont Horizon (now the Allstate Arenamarker) home.

The club played its first NASL home game against the Denver Dynamos on May 2, 1975.

Outdoor year-by-year

Year Record Regular Season Finish Playoffs
1975 12-10 2nd, Central Division Did Not Qualify
1976 15-9 1st, Northern Division, Atlantic Conference Division Championships
1977 10-16 4th, Northern Division, Atlantic Conference Did Not Qualify
1978 12-18 2nd, Central Division, American Conference First Round
1979 16-14 2nd, Central Division, American Conference American Conference Semifinals
1980 21-11 1st, Central Division, American Conference First Round
1981 23-9 1st, Central Division NASL Champions
1982 13-19 4th, Eastern Division Did Not Qualify
1983 15-15 2nd, Eastern Division Quarterfinals
1984 13-11 1st, Eastern Division NASL Champions


Indoor year-by-year

Season League Record Regular Season Finish Playoffs Avg. Attendance
80/81 NASL 13-5 1st, Central Division Lost Championship 6,164
81/82 NASL 12-6 1st, Central Division First Round 13,322
82/83 MISL 28-20 3rd, Eastern Division First Round 9,201
83/84 NASL 20-12 2nd First Round 11,974
84/85 MISL 28-20 2nd, Eastern Division First Round 10,628
85/86 MISL 23-25 6th, Eastern Division Did Not Qualify 7,345
86/87 MISL 23-29 5th, Eastern Division Did Not Qualify 5,879
87/88 MISL 24-32 5th, Eastern Division Did Not Qualify 5,977


Honors

NASL Championships
  • 1981
  • 1984


Division Titles
  • 1976 Northern Division, Atlantic Conference
  • 1980 Central Division, National Conference
  • 80/81 Central Division Indoor
  • 81/82 Central Division Indoor
  • 1981 Central Division
  • 1984 Eastern Division


Coach of the Year

All-Star First Team Selections

All-Star Second Team Selections
  • 1978 Bruce Wilson
  • 1979 Karl-Heinz Granitza, Arno Steffenhagen
  • 1980 Karl-Heinz Granitza
  • 1981 Karl-Heinz Granitza
  • 1982 Karl-Heinz Granitza, Pato Margetic
  • 1983 Ricardo Alonso, Young Jeung Cho, Karl-Heinz Granitza
  • 1984 Pato Margetic


All-Star Honorable Mentions

Notable players



Head coaches



Outdoor yearly average attendance

  • 1975 - 4,330
  • 1976 - 5,801
  • 1977 - 5,199
  • 1978 - 4,188
  • 1979 - 8,036
  • 1980 - 11,672
  • 1981 - 12,889
  • 1982 - 9,377
  • 1983 - 10,937
  • 1984 - 8,376


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