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July 18, 1975 – Boston Astros 1:1 Rhode Island Oceaneers, Astros’ debut at Foley Stadium in Worcester

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The Boston Astros (9W-3L-8D, 26 points) ended up ahead of the Oceaneers (8-3-9, 25) and Connecticut Yankees (9-6-5, 23) in the North Division, then became ASL co-champion after playing to 2-2 and 1-1 draws (plus nine 7 minute, 30 seconds extra time sessions) with the New York Apollo. The Astros’ Jose Neto, who went on to play for the Hartford Hellions and San Diego Sockers, was named MVP, leading the league in scoring (23 goals), ahead of the Oceaneers’ Ghanaian forward, Mohammed “Baby Jet” Attiah (16), and the Yankees’ Guatemalan midfielder Roberto Taylor (14), a former University of New Haven star who was fourth on the scoring list and went on to play for the Hartford Bicentennials.

The Astros were a nomadic team, and Worcester became their final stop, owner John Bertos folding them after the ’75 season.

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