Mke Renshaw played nine seasons with the Dallas Toronado. 

By Michael Lewis

FrontRowSoccer.com Editor

Mike Renshaw, who played with the Dallas Tornado in the original North American Soccer League for nine seasons and competed in two matches with the U.S. men’s national team, passed away Wednesday.

A resident of the Dallas area, Renshaw was 72.

Born in England, Renshaw played soccer in the Blackpool, Margate and Rhyl soccer clubs before venturing to the United States in 1968. He remained with the club through the 1976 season and was a key member of the 1971 that captured the NASL title.

He played 127 matches with Dallas, scoring 20 goals.

Perhaps his most memorable goal was the game-winning score in the third and deciding game of the championship playoff series against the Atlanta Chiefs in 1971. Renshaw was named an NASL first-team all-star in 1970, earning honorable mention selections in 1971 and 1972.

He also played in Pele’s debut at Downing Stadium in 1975, a 2-2 draw between the Tornado and the Cosmos.

In the NASL’s first indoor tournament in St. Louis in 1971, Renshaw was named MVP. He recorded an assist in the Tornado’s 2-1 win over the St. Louis Stars in the opening match and added a brace and an assist in a 3-0 triumph over the Rochester Lancers in the final.

After retiring Renshaw went on to become an assistant coach with the Tornado from 1978-81 before taking over the head coaching reins in 1981.

He made two appearances with the USMNT in 1973, although he was not an American citizen at the time.

Renshaw was a substitute in a 4-0 defeat to Bermdua in Hamilton, Bermuda March 17 and played the entire way of a 4-0 loss to Poland in Lodz March 20.

After the Tornado, Renshaw also did color commentary for the Dallas Sidekicks of the original Major Indoor Soccer League for several years.

Renshaw was a member of the Tornado’s legendary around-the-world trip in 1967-68.

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