Philly Unfriendly To Aztecs, 2-1

Date Published: 
1974-06-30
Source: 
Star-News

PHILADELPHIA -- "This is the best I've felt since the night we won the championship," exulted Philadelphia Coach Al Miller after the Atoms edged the Los Angeles Aztecs, 2-1, Saturday night at Veterans Stadium here before 10,011 fans.

"This was the make or break game of the season for us," continued Miller. "We knew that we would still have a chance in this thing if we could beat the best team in the league. Maybe we were a little too much keyed up for this game but it paid off."

The win snapped a four-game losing streak for the defending North American Soccer League champion which hasn't been used to losing. Last year, Philadelphia went 12 consecutive games without a defeat enroute to the NASL title.

"I didn't like the way we played the first half at all," said Aztec Coach Alex Perolli. "We were slow to move on offense and our defense didn't come up to meet their attackers. We played well in the second half with Uri (Banhoffer) in there and I thought we were going to get some more goals but we gave up too much in the first half."

Philadelphia's scores came only four minutes apart late in the first half. Andy Provan scored from eight yards out in the 37th minute while Bob Smith scored four minutes later on a controversial play from 15 yards out.

The Aztec goal came 12 minutes into the second half on a nine-yard shot by Tony Douglas which slammed off the right post.