Arizona Condors

he Arizona Condors were a professional soccer team based in Mesa, Arizona. They were founded in 1989 and joined the Western Soccer League as an expansion team. The team were based at Riggs Stadium, on the campus of the Mesa Community College.The team was owned by Tony Colecki.

For their inaugural season they chose Englishman Adrian Webster as coach. He had finished his professional career playing indoors in 1981 with the Phoenix Inferno. His assistant was Fran Bacon, formerly a soccer and baseball coach at the University of Bridgeport.

Star players were the forward Mark Kerlin and midfielder Wes Wade, both of who would remain with the franchise for its run.

They were placed in the Southern Division, alongside the San Diego Nomads, Los Angeles Salsa, Real Santa Barbara and the California Kickers.

In the 16 game season, they finished with a record of 5 wins and 11 losses, placing 4th in the division with 50 points and missing out on the playoffs. They scored 25 goals and conceded 39. Wes Wade finished as top soccer with 10 goals. Mark Kerlin was top assist maker with 4, and with his 9 goals finished as leading points scorer with 22. Kerlin was also placed on the WSA All-star team.

In 1990 the Western Soccer League and the eastern based American Soccer League merged to form the APSL (American Professional Soccer League). Although the league was a national one, the west and the east remained separate, only meeting in the grand final.

The Condors were placed in the South Division of the Western Conference, paired with the San Diego Nomads, Los Angeles Salsa, California Emperors, Real Santa Barbara, and the New Mexico Chiles.

They finished bottom of the division and failed to make the play offs. Their record consisted of 20 games played, with 5 wins and 15 losses for a total of 59 points. They scored 29 goals and conceded 51. Their top goal scorer was Mark Kerlin with 8 goals

After the 1990 season they folded, with much of the team joining the Phoenix Hearts of the USISL (United States Inter-regional Soccer League).

In total they played 36 professional games, winning 10 and losing 26, scoring 54 goals and conceding 90. Their total points score was 109. Their overall top goal scorer was Mark Kerlin with 17.


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