The Oakland Clippers were a soccer team based out of Oakland, California playing out of the Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum, that played in the non-FIFA sanctioned National Professional Soccer League (NPSL) and then the North American Soccer League (NASL) in the following season.
The Clippers brought the first-ever national professional championship in any sport to the San Francisco Bay Area and the City of Oakland. Team owners originally planned to play in San Francisco until General Manager Derek Liecty convinced them that the new Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum was a better choice than San Francisco's old and windy Kezar stadium. Through connections in Yugoslavia, the Clippers were able to hire Dr. Aleksandar Obradovic, former Team Manager of Red Star of Belgrade. Obradovic brought with him Red Star coach and former Yugoslav international Ivan Toplak as well as a nucleus of six first division players who were willing to play in the non-sanctioned league. During the 1967/1968 season, the Clippers had players from ten countries. In 1967 they won the NPSL Western Division and overall regular-season titles. They went on to win the NPSL Final over the Baltimore Bays by a two-game, home-and-home aggregate score of 4-2. They also won the Commissioner's Cup over the St. Louis Stars by a score of 6-3. Following the 1967 season, the team joined the newly formed North American Soccer League (NASL), the result of the merger between the NPSL and the United Soccer Association (USA)
This is an authentic reproduction of the original 1967 Oakland Clippers ballcap. Hand-sewn from genuine wool baseball cloth. This cap is designed to replicate the original baseball caps and designed built to last a lifetime!
League: National Professional Soccer League (NPSL)