The Oakland Buccaneers were a professional soccer team who competed in the American Soccer League (ASL) for one season (1976).
For two years prior to the 1976 season, the ASL was looking to set up a West Division, as the league was largely made up of teams on the east coast and in the south of the country. Western expansion would make the ASL a truly national professional league. 1976 saw the Buccaneers join the new West division, alongside 4 other new franchises, the Los Angeles Skyhawks, Sacramento Spirits, Utah Golden Spikers, and the Tacoma Tides.
The 1976 ASL season would be a 21 game regular season, 30 games against other ASL teams, and one game against a foreign touring team.
Mexican, Javier De La Torre, was named as the team’s Head Coach. De Lat Torre had won the Mexican championship 5 times as coach of C.D. Guadalajara, and had been assistant coach of Mexico’s 1970 World Cup team.
Key players for the Buccaneers were strikers Gerald Hylkema and Francesco Chirinos. Colombian Ed Rodie was named as the team’s first choice goalkeeper.
The Buccaneers inaugural game was a 1-1 draw against the Los Angeles Skyhawks.
Halfway through the season, with the team playing most of its home games outside of Oakland in Berkeley, the team changed its name to the Golden Bay Buccaneers.
The Buccaneers didn’t complete the 21 game ASL schedule, only playing 18 of the games. Their record featured 6 wins, 2 draws, and 10 losses for 59 points, placing them 4th in the 5 team West Division with the 10th best record in the ASL. In their 18 games they scored 29 goals and conceding 39. The Buccaneers top scorer was Gerald Hylkema with 10 goals and 4 assists for 24 points (6th best in the ASL)
Bizarrely, despite this record and not completing the regular season, the Buccaneers made the playoffs. In the first round they met the Los Angeles Skyhawks in L.A., where they lost 2-1 and were eliminated.
After their elimination, the Oakland Buccaneers folded.