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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.



Team Colors:

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


  • 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.




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



North American Soccer League Media Guides

North American Soccer League Programs

Major Indoor Soccer League Media Guides

Major Indoor Soccer League Programs



1967 New York Skyliners

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New York SkylinersUnited Soccer Association (1967)

Born: 1967 – USA founding franchise.
Folded: January 1968

Stadium: Yankee Stadium

Team Colors:

Owner: Madison Square Garden Corp.

USA Championships: None



The New York Skyliners were a professional soccer entry that lasted for one season at Yankee Stadium during the summer of 1967.

The Skyliners were members of the United Soccer Association, a league which imported European and South American clubs into the United States to play under pseudonyms during their domestic offseason.  The Skyliners were actually Cerro of Uruguay.   All of the Skyliners were Uruguayan except for leading scorer Benedicto Ribeiro (Brazil), forward Luis Suarez (Argentina) and goalkeeper Osmar Miguelucci (Argentina).

The Skyliners kicked off the league schedule on May 28, 1967 at Yankee Stadium against Toronto City (who were actually Hibernians of Scotland).  The match drew a season-high crowd of 21,781 and ended in a 1-1 draw.

A June 16th, 1967 Skyliners home match against the Chicago Mustangs was halted and declared a draw with three minutes remaining after Italian fans who supported the Mustangs (actually Cagliari Calcio of Italy) vaulted out of the stands and assaulted referee Leo Goldstein.

Since all of the USA clubs were foreign clubs that were essentially on offseason tour, the league schedule was very short.  The season was only 12 games long.  The Skyliners were one of the weaker clubs with a 2-4-6 record.  Skyliners attendance was second best in the league with a claimed average of 8,766 fans per match for six home dates at Yankees Stadium.   But this wasn’t really cause for celebration as attendance across the league was considered disastrous.

Following the 1967 season the United Soccer Association merged with the rival National Professional Soccer League to form the North American Soccer League (1968-1984).   Both the USA and the NPSL had New York City franchises.  In fact, both the Skyliners and the NPSL’s New York Generals played at Yankee Stadium in 1967.  Initial plans called for the Skyliners and the Generals to merge, but instead Madison Square Garden Corp, the owners of the Skyliners, decided to fold the club in January 1968.   The Generals continued on as New York’s club for the 1968 season.



==1967 New York Skyliners Results==

Date Opponent Score Program Other
5/28/1967 vs. Toronto City T 1-1
5/31/1967 @ Boston Rovers T 0-0
6/4/1967 @ Los Angeles Wolves L 2-1
6/7/1967 @ Washington Whips L 3-0
6/11/1967 @ Chicago Mustangs L 3-2
6/13/1967 @ San Francisco Gales T 2-2
6/16/1967 vs. Chicago Mustangs T 0-0
6/25/1967 @ Cleveland Stokers W 2-1
6/27/1967 vs. Dallas Tornado W 4-1
7/2/1967 vs. Detroit Cougars L 1-0 Program
7/5/1967 @ Vancouver Royal Canadians T 1-1
7/8/1967 vs. Houston Stars T 2-2



United Soccer Association Programs


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July 14th, 2013 at 2:04 am

1967-1968 New York Generals

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National Professional Soccer League (1967)
North American Soccer League (1968)

Born: 1966 – NPSL founding franchise
Folded: February 18, 1969

Stadium: Yankee Stadium (67,000)

Team Colors: Hunter Green & Gold


NPSL Championships: None
NASL Championships: None


This early pro soccer entry in New York City began life in the aftermath of the 1966 World Cup, the first to be televised in the United States.  The Cup sparked a low boil gold rush to establish a proper national soccer league in the United States in 1967, with three groups competing for the honor.  Two rival leagues emerged from the negotiations.  The National Professional Soccer League (NPSL) got the all-important television contract with CBS.  The United Soccer Association (USA) received the all-important sanctioning from FIFA, which branded the NPSL as an outlaw league and threatened sanctions against players who signed with the league.

The New York Generals were originally owned jointly by broadcaster RKO General, the owner of New York’s WOR-TV Channel 9, and Wall Street investment banker Peter Elser.  The Generals played their home matches at Yankee Stadium – as did the New York Skyliners, the local entry from the rival United Soccer Association, owned by Madison Square Garden Corporation.

The Generals debuted at Yankee Stadium on April 22, 1967 against the Chicago Spurs.  A crowd of 7,766 saw the Generals triumph 2-1 thanks to goals by Luis Menotti (Argentina) and Adilson Silveira (Brazil), a pair of South Americans who joined the club just one day earlier.  For the 1967 season, the Generals finished in third place in their division at 11-13-8.

The Generals’ matches were poorly attended.  The club’s fifth home game against the California Clippers on May 27, 1967 attracted just 3,027 to Yankee Stadium on a Saturday afternoon.  Attendance was poor throughout the league and in the rival United Soccer Association as well.  In December 1967, the NPSL and the USA merged to form the North American Soccer League.   The original merger plan called for the Generals and the Skyliners to merge and form a single New York franchise for the 1968 season.   This hit a snag when RKO General decided to pull its support in January 1968.  Instead, Peter Elser decided to recruit new partners and continue the Generals on his own.  The Skyliners folded.

The highlight of the 1968 season was a July 12th visit from Santos F.C. of Brazil and their superstar striker Pele.  The exhibition drew 15,645 to Yankee Stadium, with the Generals winning 5-3.  For the season, the Generals posted a winning record of 12-8-12 but again failed to qualify for postseason play.

The pro soccer bubble burst in the winter of 1968, as CBS terminated its TV contract and the NASL membership dropped from 17 clubs to just 5.  The Generals pulled the plug in February 1969, citing new league chief Phil Woosnam’s plan to import touring foreign teams to represent league cities in 1969 (a model used by the United Soccer Association in 1967) rather than allow each club to assemble its own roster.

Pro soccer returned to New York City two years later with the formation of the NASL’s New York Cosmos in 1971, a club that would captivate New York and northern New Jersey during the late 1970’s.

Notable players who wore the Generals green & gold included Menotti, who later coached Argentina to victory in the 1978 World Cup, and long-time Ajax star Co Prins.


New York Generals Shop

Generals Retro T-Shirt by Throwback Max

Rock n’ Roll Soccer: The Short Life & Fast Times of the North American Soccer League by Ian Plenderleith


New York Generals Memorabilia



National Professional Soccer League Programs

North American Soccer League Media Guides

North American Soccer League Programs




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