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1971-1985 New York Cosmos

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New York Cosmos YearbookNorth American Soccer League (1971-1984)
Major Indoor Soccer League (1984-1985)

Born: December 10, 1970 – NASL expansion franchise.
Folded: Summer 1985.

Stadiums:

Arenas:

Team Colors:

  • 1974: Green, Yellow & Blue
  • 1977: Green & White

Owners:

  • 1971-1984: Warner Communications (Steve Ross, et al.)
  • 1984-1985: Giorgio Chinaglia, et al.

Soccer Bowl Champions: 1977, 1978, 1980 & 1982

 

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New York Cosmos Memorabilia

 

 

New York Cosmos Video

Trailer for Once In A Lifetime: The Extraordinary Story of the New York Cosmos

 

 

In Memoriam

Former Cosmos head coach Hennes Weisweiler, who managed the club from 1980-1982, passed away on July 5, 1983.  He was 63.

Cosmos founder/owner & Warner Communications CEO Steve Ross passed away on December 20, 1992 from prostate cancer at 65.

Julio Mazzei, who helped bring Pele to America in 1975 and later coached the Cosmos in the 1980’s, died on May 10, 2009 at age 78.

Ex-Cosmos player/owner Giorgio Chinaglia, the NASL’s all-time leading scorer, died on April 1, 2012 at age 65.

 

 

==Downloads==

1973 New York Cosmos Season Ticket Brochure

June 1978 New York Cosmos Travel Itinerary – Minnesota

March 25, 1979 Cosmos vs. Estudiantes Tecos Game Program

June 11, 1979 – Cosmos Sign Dutch Star Johan Neeskens Press Release

August 31, 1980 – Pele to Don #10 Again in Beckenbauer Farewell Press Release

1982 New York Cosmos Soccer Bowl Press Kit

November 20, 1983 Cosmos Sign Dan Canter Press Release

 

Links

North American Soccer League Media Guides

North American Soccer League Programs

Major Indoor Soccer League Media Guides

Major Indoor Soccer League Programs

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July 13, 1999 – Staten Island Vipers vs. MetroStars

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Staten Island Vipers vs. MetroStars
1999 U.S. Open Cup – 3rd Round
July 13, 1999
Yurcak Field
Attendance: 1,077

United Soccer Leagues Programs
64 pages

 

Rare program and press notes (downloads below) from the 1999 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, American’s oldest nationwide soccer competition.  Started in 1914 as the National Challenge Cup, ethnically-based amateur and semi-pro clubs dominated the competition for most of the 20th century.  As late as 1994, the Cup final was contested by Greek-American A.C. of San Francisco and Bavarian Leinenkugel of Milwaukee.

All that changed in 1995 when professional teams from the A-League entered the competition.  Two A-League clubs, the Richmond Kickers and the El Paso Patriots, dispatched the amateur qualifiers and advanced to the final, with Richmond taking home the Cup.

With the formation of Major League Soccer in 1996, American had a proper 1st Division pro league for the first time in twelve years.  MLS embraced the U.S. Open Cup (unlike the NASL of the 1960’s – 1980’s, whose clubs never took part).  From 1996 to present, Major League Soccer clubs have won every Open Cup tournament, with the exception of 1999, when the 2nd Division Rochester Raging Rhinos won the tournament, upsetting four MLS teams along the way.

This program comes from the 3rd round of that same tournament and this match marked the first of many MLS upsets in the 1999 brackets.  Well, maybe not that big an upset in this case.  The MetroStars of Major League Soccer were 5-12 in league play at the time and slogging through a horrid season under manager Bora Milutinovic that would ultimately end with a league-worst 7-25 record.  Their opponent was the Staten Island Vipers, a two-year old A-League club who were having a terrific campaign in the 2nd Division.  The match was technically a home game for the New Jersey-based Metros, but the modest ticket sales for Open Cup matches didn’t justify opening the club’s normal home at 76,000-seat Giants Stadium in East Rutherford.  Instead, the MetroStars rented 5,000-seat Yurcak Field in Piscataway.  Only 1,077 die hards showed up.

The Vipers seized the initiative early, taking a 1-0 lead in the first half and then earning a man advantage when MetroStars forward Eduardo Hurtado was sent off for a flagrant foul in the 53rd minute.  But the MetroStars battled back in the second half, scoring two goals after going a man down to take a 2-1 lead late.  Both MetroStars goals came off the foot of midfielder Billy Walsh, a former New Jersey prep star returning to Yurcak Field where he starred as a collegian at Rutgers.  But then the MetroStars imploded in typical fashion, conceding a late equalizer to minor league war horse Lee Tschantret to send the match into overtime.  Five minutes into the extra period, Staten Island’s Kevin Wilson scored on a breakaway goal to bounce the MetroStars out of the Open Cup.

The Open Cup upset was likely the high point of the short, obscure history of the Staten Island Vipers.  They would lose their next Open Cup match – the quarterfinal round – to another 2nd Division club, the Charleston (SC) Battery.  At the end of the 1999 season, the Vipers’ owners folded the team after only two seasons of play.

 

==Downloads==

July 13, 1999 MetroStars Game Notes

July 13, 1999 Staten Island Vipers Game Notes

July 13, 1999 U.S. Soccer Open Cup Tournament Notes

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June 7, 1998 Miami Fusion vs. MetroStars

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Tony Meola MetroStarsMiami Fusion vs. MetroStars
June 7, 1998
Lockhart Stadium
Attendance: 9,073

Major League Soccer Programs
68 pages

 

1998 was the first year of expansion for three-year old Major League Soccer.  The league went into Chicago with great success and also into Miami, where things weren’t quite so rosy.  Miami Fusion investor-operator Kenneth Horowitz spent a reported $5 million to convert Fort Lauderdale’s Lockhart Stadium into what was essentially the league’s first soccer-specific stadium.  But after a season-opening sellout of 20,450 for the Fusion’s inaugural match on March 15, 1998, attendance quickly dipped into the sub-10,000 territory that would plague Horowitz’s club throughout its brief existence.

This June 7th match against the MetroStars was the Fusion’s seventh home date, not counting a in-season friendly against the Honduran National Team.  By this point in the summer, the withering South Florida heat became a factor in the Fusion’s worrisome attendance as well.  Many of Miami’s home matches were scheduled as matinees and Lockhart Stadium was a 97-degree cauldron when the Fusion and the (New York/New Jersey) MetroStars took the field at 3:30 in the afternoon.

Giovanni Savarese put the visitors up 1-0 in the 35th minute, but the Fusion controlled the run of play, outshooting the Metros 28-11.  New York goalkeeper Tony Meola, pictured on the cover of the afternoon’s FREEKICK game program, turned away 27 of those shots, but couldn’t stop a 15-footer from Miami’s Diego Serna in 63rd minute to bring the score even at 1-1.  Savarese took himself out of the match just a minute earlier with his legs beginning to cramp up in the heat.  It was Saverese’s replacement, Miles Joseph, who knocked home the winner for the Metros with just two minutes left in regulation.

Serna would go on to play all four seasons of the Fusion’s existence and finish as the club’s all-time leading scorer with 52 goals in 100 appearances.  MLS contracted the Fusion in January 2002, along with the league’s other Florida club, the owner-less Tampa Bay Mutiny.  To this day, the Fusion and the Mutiny remain the only franchises to fold in MLS’ 18-year history.

One interesting roster note for this match:  Tony Meola’s understudy at the goalkeeper position was Tim Howard, parked deep at the end of the MetroStars bench.  The future U.S. National Team starter and English Premier League mainstay would only appear in one match for the Metros all season, making his MLS debut on August 18, 1998.

 

 

==Downloads==

June 7, 1998 Miami Fusion Game Notes

June 7, 1998 New York MetroStars Game Notes

 

==Links==

Major League Soccer Media Guides

Major League Soccer Programs

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Written by AC

September 21st, 2013 at 10:41 pm

August 16, 1983 – Toronto Blizzard vs. New York Cosmos

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Roberto Bettega Toronto BlizzardToronto Blizzard vs. New York Cosmos
August 16, 1983
Exhibition Stadium
Attendance: 11,428

North American Soccer League Programs
16 pages

 

That’s 32-year old Italian striker Roberto Bettega on the cover of this August 1983 Toronto Blizzard match program.  Bettega was perhaps the last legitimate European star to sign with the league, joining Toronto in May 1983.  By that time, the North American Soccer League was on its last legs, halved from 24 members clubs in 1980 to only 12 survivors by the start of the 1983 campaign.

Bettega played fifteen seasons for Juventus (1969-1983), helping his hometown club to seven Serie A titles and the 1977 UEFA Cup.  He also played for Italy in the 1978 World Cup in Argentina.  Just six nights before this match, Bettega’s former teammates traveled to Toronto for a friendly against the Blizzard at Exhibition Stadium.  Juventus brought seven veterans of Italy’s 1982 World Cup championship team to Toronto, including superstar Paolo Rossi.  (Bettega himself missed the 1982 World Cup due to injury).  The match drew 41,035 to Exhibition Stadium – the largest crowd ever to watch a soccer game in Toronto.  The Blizzard held the powerful Italian squad to a surprising 0-0 draw.

 

By contrast, the Blizzard’s return to NASL regular season action six nights later against the New York Cosmos was kind of a buzz kill.  The Cosmos were known for signing the biggest superstars in the world in the late 1970’s and they were accustomed to drawing large crowds wherever they traveled.  But by 1983, the Cosmos were deep into cost-cutting mode and it had been years since they imported a major international superstar.

A modest crowd of 11,428 showed up for a match that New York’s long-time beat writer Ike Kuhns described as “one of the dullest” of the 1983 season.  Toronto had trouble scoring all season and were playing without leading goal scorer David Byrne due to yellow card accumulation.  New York fared little better and the match went into overtime knotted at 0-0, before New York’s Steve Moyers put an apparently merciful end to the proceedings with a sudden death goal.

The notorious artificial turf surface at Exhibition Stadium was as poorly reviewed as the match itself.

“The field is just awful,” Cosmos midfielder Rick Davis told Ike Kuhns afterwards. “I still say the best thing they can do here is put up walls and play squash on it.”*

 

==Downloads==

8-16-1983 Toronto Blizzard Game Notes

8-16-1983 New York Cosmos Game Notes

 

==*Additional Sources==

“Moyers’ OT Goal Boots Cosmos By Blizzard, 1-0”, Ike Kuhns, The Newark Star-Ledger, August 17, 1983.

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Written by AC

May 10th, 2013 at 12:31 pm

April 4, 1982 – New York Cosmos vs. National Team of Peru

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New York Cosmos vs. National Team of Peru
April 4, 1982
Giants Stadium
Attendance: 37,408

North American Soccer League Programs
4 pages

 

This April 1982 international friendly against the National Team of Peru was the New York Cosmos‘ final preseason tune-up before kicking off the 1982 North American Soccer League season five nights later.  It was also the Cosmos’ Giants Stadium debut of 1982, after playing seven exhibition matches at the club’s training camp home in Freeport, Bahamas and in invitational tournaments along the West Coast.

A solid crowd of 37,408 awaited the team in East Rutherford, althoughthe majority seemed to be there to cheer for the Peruvians.  The match was also a tune-up for Peru, one of 24 finalists for the 1982 World Cup later that summer.  Flag-waving Peruvian supporters turned Giants Stadium into “Lima North”, as long-time Cosmos beat writer Ike Kuhns of The Newark Star-Ledger put it in his column the following day.

The extreme chill (34 degrees Fahrenheit with 40 MPH wind gusts) and the artificial turf conspired to frustrate the Peruvians.  The Cosmos got a pair of goals each from Giorgio Chinaglia and Julio Cesar Romero, plus a garbage time goal from Steve Moyers to rout the South Americans 5-1.  (Julio Cesar Uribe converted a first half PK for Peru’s only score).

The game was also unusually chippy for an international friendly.  Three red card ejections meant Peru played the final 20 minutes of the match with a 10 men to 9 advantage.  Johan Neeskens was sent off in the first half after retaliating for Peruvian cheap shot on Romero.  Jeff Durgan and Peru’s Jose Velasquez were tossed for fighting in the 68th minute.

This match also marked the return of former Brazilian World Cup captain Carlos Alberto to Giants Stadium after a one year absence.  One of the world superstars who catapulted the Cosmos to fame in the late 1970’s, Alberto spent the 1981 season in exile, playing to acres of empty seats at Anaheim Stadiumfor the NASL’s woeful California Surf club.  He returned to New York in after the Surf disbanded and finished his distinguished career with the Cosmos that summer of 1982.

The match was reportedly broadcast throughout South America and the Cosmos chose to feature three South Americans in their starting XI: Alberto of Brazil, Romero of Paraguay and Chico Borja of Ecuador.

 

==Downloads==

1982 New York Cosmos vs. National Team of Peru Game Notes

 

==Links==

More NASL International Friendlies

 

==Additional Sources==

“Tempers Erupt, Three Ejected as Cosmos Throttle Peru, 5-1”, Ike Kuhns, The Newark-Star Ledger, April 5, 1982

“Cosmos Defeat Peru in Rough Game, 5-1”, Alex Yannis, The New York Times, April 5, 1982

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