NASL champions fold after inaugural season

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John Hefti
After just one season, the San Francisco Deltas are both champions and defunct, with the club officially closed up shop after winning the league title

After winning the North American Soccer League title in their first year of play, the San Francisco Deltas have folded. 

The club stopped operations just two days after claiming the NASL title with a 2-0 win over the New York Cosmos in front of a sold-out crowd at San Francisco's Kezar Stadium. 

Despite the title, the club suffered terribly low attendance throughout the season, drawing around 20,000 fans over 10 home matches in a stadium with a listed capacity of over 9,000. 

The Deltas struggled early in the NASL season, winning just once in five matches, but picked up six wins in 10 down the stretch to earn a playoff spot. 

Victories over the Carolina Railhawks and the Cosmos in the playoffs secured a first, and only, title for the club. 

 

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