As with many soccer teams, the Las Vegas Americans had a few identity changes before settling. Originally formed as the Hartford Hellions then Memphis Americans, the Las Vegas Americans officially played in the Major Indoor Soccer League in 1984 after being bought by casino and hotel owner, Bill Morris.
After investing in star players such as Alan Mayer and Martin Donnelly from the San Diego Sockers, the Las Vegas Americans got a new head coach who aimed to turn their destiny around. Placing third best in the fourteen team league, they had a good season before the Americans lost to the Minnesota Strikers in the playoffs. To add insult to injury, Morris stopped funding the team after failing in some of his Vegas business interests and the Americans folded after only one season.