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2010
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Before the indoor season, New England moved to Jacksonville and Memphis moved to Calgary. After the indoor season, Detroit moved to Washington and Philadelphia moved to Montreal.
G W L GF GA PTS % Att.
Eastern Division
New York Cosmos 32 23 9 80 49 200 .718 34,835
Montreal Manic 32 15 17 63 57 141 .468 23,704
Washington Diplomats 32 15 17 59 58 135 .468 12,106
Toronto Blizzard 32 7 25 39 82 77 .218 7,299
Southern Division
Atlanta Chiefs 32 17 15 62 60 151 .531 6,189
Fort Lauderdale Strikers 32 18 14 54 46 144 .562 13,324
Jacksonville Tea Men 32 18 14 51 46 141 .562 9,507
Tampa Bay Rowdies 32 15 17 63 64 139 .468 22,532
Central Division
Chicago Sting 32 23 9 84 50 195 .718 12,889
Minnesota Kicks 32 19 13 63 57 163 .593 16,605
Tulsa Roughnecks 32 17 15 60 49 154 .531 17,188
Dallas Tornado 32 5 27 27 71 54 .156 4,670
Western Division
San Diego Sockers 32 21 11 67 49 173 .656 14,802
Los Angeles Aztecs 32 19 13 53 55 160 .593 5,814
California Surf 32 11 21 60 77 117 .343 8,299
San Jose Earthquakes 32 11 21 44 78 108 .343 12,400
Northwest Division
Vancouver Whitecaps 32 21 11 74 43 186 .656 23,236
Calgary Boomers 32 17 15 59 54 151 .531 10,501
Portland Timbers 32 17 15 52 49 141 .531 10,516
Seattle Sounders 32 15 17 60 62 137 .468 18,224
Edmonton Drillers 32 12 20 60 79 123 .375 10,632

1st Round: New York defeated Washington,
Chicago defeated Seattle 3-2,0-2,3-2,
Tampa Bay defeated Vancouver 4-1,1-0,
San Diego defeated Portland 1-2,5-1,2-0,
Jacksonville defeated Atlanta 3-2,2-1,
Minnesota defeated Tulsa 3-1,1-0,
Montreal defeated Los Angeles 5-3,2-3,2-1,
Ft. Lauderdale defeated Calgary 3-1,2-0.
Quarter Finals: Chicago defeated Montreal 2-3,4-2,4-2,
Ft. Lauderdale defeated Minnesota 3-1,3-0,
New York defeated Tampa Bay 6-3,2-3(SO),2-0,
San Diego defeated Jacksonville 1-2(OT),2-1,3-1.
Semi-Finals: New York defeated Ft. Lauderdale 4-3,4-1,
Chicago defeated San Diego 1-2,2-1,1-0.
SOCCER BOWL-'81, at Toronto: Chicago 1 New York 0.
After the season, Atlanta, Washington, Minnesota, Dallas, Los Angeles, California, and Calgary folded.
Data Sources:

US Soccer History Archives maintained by Dave Litterer, the most complete online source of information on the NASL, MISL and the USISL.