Rhode Island Oceaneers

Rhode Island Oceaneers
Full name Rhode Island Oceaneers
Nickname(s) Oceaneers
Founded 1974 | Reformed 2014
Dissolved 1979


The original team was established in 1974. That season, they won the league title[1] after a 16-2 regular season. U.S. Soccer Hall of Fame (1990)[2] coach Manny Schellscheidt was named ASL Coach of the Year as the club outscored opponents 56-16.

For the 1977 season, the team was renamed the New England Oceaneers. Schellscheidt moved on to coach the New Jersey Americans, replaced by Massachusetts Hall of Famer (1999)[3] John Bertos. After an 8-2-14 (8th of 9 teams) season, the team moved to Indianapolis, Indiana and become the Indianapolis Daredevils before folding after the 1979 season.

The original Oceaneers team played in Pawtucket, Rhode Island as a member of the second version of the American Soccer League from 1974-77.


Year Division League Reg. Season Record (W-D-L) Playoffs U.S. Open Cup
1974 2 ASL 1st, Midwest 16-0-2 Champion Did not enter
1975 2 ASL 2nd, North 8-9-3 1st Round Did not enter
1976 2 ASL 2nd, East 9-3-9 Semifinal Did not enter
1977 2 ASL 5th, East 8-2-14 Did not qualify Did not enter



League Championship

  • Winner (1): 1974

ASL Rookie of the Year

ASL Leading Goalkeeper

ASL Coach of the Year

Notable players


  1. The Year in American Soccer - 1974
  2. "Hall of Famers". U.S. Soccer. Retrieved 8 September 2014.
  3. "Hall of Fame". Massachusetts Adult State Soccer. Retrieved 8 September 2014.
  4. "Saturday will be a special reunion for Bertos, Astros". Lowell Sun. Retrieved 23 August 2013.

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