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1975-1982 Cleveland Cobras

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Cleveland Cobras ProgramAmerican Soccer League (1975-1981)
Independent (1982)

Born: 1975 – Cleveland Stars re-branded as Cleveland Cobras.
Moved: January/February 1982 (Georgia Generals)

Stadium: Finnie Stadium

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The Cleveland Cobras were a lower-division American pro soccer club, active through the mid-70’s and into the early 1980’s.  The team started out as the Cleveland Stars (1972-1974) before changing to the Cobras name in 1975.  The Cobras played their home matches on the campus of Baldwin-Wallace University in suburban Berea.  Cobras matches typically drew crowds in the low thousands.

The franchise was sold and relocated to new ownership in suburban Atlanta in early 1982, where it became known as the Georgia Generals.  The Generals played only a single year before folding.

With the original Cobras departed, a new team organized under the Cobras name and announced plans to play a short exhibition schedule against American Soccer League opponents in 1982.  The idea was to re-organize the team and apply for reinstatement to the ASL in 1983, but that never came to pass.  At least one of these exhibition matches was held in the spring of 1982, but the team faded away quietly later that year, never to be heard from again.

 

Cleveland Cobras Shop


Cobras Retro T-Shirt by Throwback Max

The History of Soccer in Greater Cleveland From 1906 Until 1981

 

Cleveland Cobras Memorabilia

 

Downloads

1978 American Soccer League Attendance Report

 

Links

American Soccer League Media Guides

American Soccer League Programs

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Written by AC

April 8th, 2015 at 2:21 am

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