Chicago Spurs National Professional Soccer League (1967)
The Chicago Spurs were a team in the National Professional Soccer League (NPSL) for one season in 1967. Their best player was undoubtedly Willy Roy. Roy, who was born in Germany but moved to Chicago when he was six, scored 17 goals (good for 2nd in the league) and was named both a NPSL All Star and Rookie of the Year. The NSPL never was officially sanctioned by FIFA, and only lasted one year before it merged with the United Soccer Association (USA) to form the North American Soccer League. The Spurs were a casualty of the merger, as there already was a USA franchise in Chicago and league management thought Chicago could not support two soccer franchises. After the 1967 merger, the Spurs moved to Kansas City.