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August 9, 1980 – Seattle Sounders vs. New York Cosmos

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Seattle Sounders vs. New York Cosmos
August 9, 1980
The Kingdome
Attendance: 49,606

North American Soccer League Programs
78 pages


Two of the glamour teams of American professional soccer in the late 1970’s – the Seattle Sounders and the New York Cosmos – faced off in this August 1980 match at Seattle’s Kingdome.  The Sounders announced a crowd of 49,606 for the match – a number that, if true, would be the envy even of today’s wildly popular Major League Soccer reincarnation of the Sounders brand. Seattle fans would go home disappointed though.  Paraguayan striker Roberto Cabanas tallied the game’s only goal in the Cosmos’ 1-0 victory.

The North American Soccer League used a national magazine format for their game programs from the late 1970’s until its demise in 1984.  KICK Magazine was a wonderful, thick production, as hefty as any newsstand issue of Sports Illustrated at the time.  For this match, as was often the case with KICK, the cover art was not germaine to the two clubs playing the match.  This cover story on the NASL’s best midfielders showcased Peruvian World Cup great Teofilo Cubillas of the Fort Lauderdale Strikers.




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