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The Houston Hurricane was a soccer team based out of Houston that played in the NASL.wikipedia
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1978 North American Soccer League season

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The team was the last of six expansion teams granted for the 1978 season and had about three months to sign players and sell tickets.
The Colorado Caribous launched in Denver, the Detroit Express and Houston Hurricane became the second and third team to play indoors, the Philadelphia Fury brought soccer back to Philadelphia, the New England Tea Men would be the third attempt to have NASL soccer succeed in the Boston area and the Memphis Rogues would bring pro soccer to Tennessee.

1979 North American Soccer League season

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In the 1979 season, the Hurricane produced the second best record in the league, winning the division with 22 wins in thirty matches. * 1979: Paul Hammond (second team)
At the other end of the table, the Houston Hurricane went from worst to first in the American Conference, going undefeated in their 15 home matches at the Astrodome and earning Timo Liekoski Coach of the Year honors.

Dallas Tornado

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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.
The Tornado sold Rote Jr. at the end of the 1978 season to the Houston Hurricane for $250,000.

Timo Liekoski

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 1978, he became the head coach of the Houston Hurricane.

1980 North American Soccer League season

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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.

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Their home field was the Astrodome.

1978 NASL Skelly Indoor Invitational

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* 1978: Dale Russell
Four teams, all from the North American Soccer League, participated in the two-day event; the Houston Hurricane, the Minnesota Kicks, the Washington Diplomats, and the host Tulsa Roughnecks.

Kai Haaskivi

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Haaskivi played in 1979–80 with the Houston Hurricane and 1981–82 with the Edmonton Drillers.

Edmonton Drillers (1979–82)

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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.

Eckhard Krautzun

Krautzun went on right after resigning to coach in the NASL with the Vancouver Whitecaps (and later with the Houston Hurricane and Ft. Lauderdale Strikers).

Kyle Rote Jr.

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Kyle Rote, Jr. had joined the Hurricane that season, but left the team after the season on a relief mission to Cambodia and later retired from soccer.
In October 1978, the Houston Hurricane purchased Rote's contract from the Tornado for $250,000.

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The Houston Hurricane was a soccer team based out of Houston that played in the NASL.

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The Houston Hurricane was a soccer team based out of Houston that played in the NASL.

Chicago Sting

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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 24-team league.

San Diego Sockers (1978–96)

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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 24-team league.

Philadelphia Fury (1978–80)

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But the Hurricane couldn't replicate those results in the playoffs, losing to the Philadelphia Fury in two straight.

Cambodia

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Kyle Rote, Jr. had joined the Hurricane that season, but left the team after the season on a relief mission to Cambodia and later retired from soccer.

Atlanta Chiefs

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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.

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Paul Hammond (footballer)

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* 1979: Paul Hammond (second team)
Hammond played with the Rowdies through the 1977 season, but was traded to the Houston Hurricane after only eight games of the 1978 season.