I know it's becoming a fad around here, me writing about the old league. But what does that have to do with the Goat Parade and hot sunny days in the USA? Well, if you don't understand the past then you don't understand why the game is what it is today. I shutter to think what people would view of the NASL today. Too bad that the NASL is a shell of what it's namesake. Today I want to talk to you guys about the LA Aztecs. Why am I writing this on the Goat Parade? I don't like the Galaxy, and the writers on this blog are better. After the jump lets talk about the other big club that was here in LA.
What if I were to say that Becks isn't the best British middie to play in LA? What if I said Landon wouldn't even get on the starting eleven of the Aztecs? Well, you'd think i'm nuts. And sometimes you'd be right. And the Galaxy didn't get the first title in Los Angeles. The old LA Aztecs got one in 1974. Of course the Los Angeles Wolves (Kickers) were the first club. Then when the NASL came around, the league brought over clubs from Europe and made them NASL teams. LA had Wolverhampton at the time, and at the time Wolverhampton was good.
The Aztecs were only around from 1974-81, but enjoyed success. They made the playoffs eight times in the years they were in the league. Of course they also had Johan Cruyff and George Best. And there we have the two players who would keep Becks and Landon on the bench. Not that Becks and Landon aren't good but lets be honest, Cruyff and Best well are better.
While the Aztecs flamed out and didn't make it to the end of the old NASL, it just shows the impact a club could have in a short period of time. Kind of how Chivas if they continue to grow could be a great second team in LA. Folks, look around on the net, the LA Aztecs jersey's are still online.
Oh and by the way, the old Aztecs were owned by ex-Watford owner Elton John.