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July 6, 1983 – New York Cosmos vs. Team America

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Laurie Abrahams Tulsa RoughnecksNew York Cosmos vs. Team America
July 6, 1983
Giants Stadium
Attendance: 35,228

North American Soccer League Programs
88 Pages


A patriotic soccer double-header at the Meadowlands on this July evening in 1983.  A Pan American Games qualifier between the United States and Canada opened the show at 6:30 PM, followed by a North American Soccer League match between the New York Cosmos and Team America.  Team America was a new side in the NASL, the so-called “National Team in Training” of the United States, which was disastrously inserted as a privately-owned club team into the league’s 1983 schedule.

The amateurs took the field first with the sun still lingering over Giants Stadium.  This two-leg series against Canada was the final Pan-Am Games qualifier for Manfred Schellscheidt’s United States team.  Only one of the two CONCACAF members would advance to the Games in Venezuela at the end of August.  They fought to a draw on this night, with each side tallying early in the first half and then holding on for a 1-1 tie.  The U.S. would best Canada four nights later at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario to earn the qualification.

Julio Cesar Romero New York CosmosIn the nightcap, the Cosmos ran roughshod over Alkis Panagoulias’ ramshackle collection of young American pros and Green Card recipients.  Paraguayan midfield magician Julio Cesar Romero ran the show, scoring one goal and setting up three others.  The Cosmos won 4-0, despite losing the NASL’s all-time leading scorer, Giorgio Chinaglia, to a severe hamstring pull early in the 2nd half.

An interesting moment occurred late in the match when Team America’s 21-year old captain Jeff Durgan knocked down New York’s Rick Davis, drawing a yellow card.  Durgan was one of three players under contract to the Cosmos who were selected to play for Team America in 1983, along with Boris Bandov and Chico Borja.  Davis was also chosen for Team America, but refused the assignment, opting to remain with the Cosmos.  Team America’s demoralizing performance in the NASL was partially blamed on the refusal of a handful of the league’s young American stars, including Davis and Mark Peterson of the Seattle Sounders, to leave their clubs and join Team America.

The failure to procure the actual best American players to play for Team America ultimately helped to doom the team  After a grim 10-20 record and big financial losses playing out of a home base at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C., the Team American experiment was euthanized a few days after the NASL regular season ended in September 1983.

Laurie Abrahams of the Tulsa Roughnecks was pictured on the cover of the evening’s KICK game program (above right).


==Cosmos vs. Team America Downloads==

July 6, 1983 New York Cosmos Game Notes

July 6, 1983 Team America Game Notes


==United States vs. Canada Downloads==

July 6, 1983 United States Soccer Federation USA vs. Canada Fact Sheet

July 6, 1983 United States Pan American Team Roster

July 6, 1983 Canada Pan American Team Roster

July 6, 1983 United States Player Bios


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: 1971 – NASL expansion franchise.
Died: 1985 – The Cosmos cease operations.



Team Colors:


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




==New York Cosmos Matches on Fun While It Lasted==

Season Date Opponent Score Program Other
1971 6/9/1971 vs. Rochester Lancers W 4-2 Program Game Notes
1974 5/12/1974 vs. Miami Toros T 1-1 Program Roster
1974 5/22/1974 @ Philadelphia Atoms L 1-0 Program
1974 7/21/1974 vs. Seattle Sounders W 2-1 Game Notes
1974 7/28/1974 vs. Toronto Metros W 3-2 (SO) Program
1975 5/3/1975 @ Tampa Bay Rowdies L 1-0 Program
1975 5/28/1975 vs. Vancouver Whitecaps L 1-0 Program
1975 6/4/1975 vs. Hartford Bicentennials W 2-1 Program
1975 7/9/1975 vs. Boston Minutemen W 3-1 Program Game Notes
1975 7/23/1975 vs. San Jose Earthquakes Game Notes
1976 4/9/1976 @ Seattle Sounders W 3-1 Program
1976 6/18 1976 vs. Toronto Metros-Croatia W 3-0 Program Game Notes
1977 4/2/1977 vs. Victory Sportif (Haiti) W 9-0 Program Game Notes
1977 5/11/1977 @ Chicago Sting  W 2-1 Program
1977 6/1/1977 vs. Lazio W 3-2 Program
1977 6/30/1977 @ Vancouver Whitecaps L 5-3 Program Game Notes
1977 8/10/1977 vs. Tampa Bay Rowdies W 3-0 Program Game Notes
1978 6/28/1978 vs. Los Angeles Aztecs  W 2-1 Program Game Notes
1979 3/25/1979 Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara  T 2-2 Program Game Notes
1979 3/28/1979 @ California Surf W 3-2 Program
1979 4/14/1979 @ Atlanta Chiefs  W 3-2 (SO) Program Game Notes
1979 4/29/1979 vs. Philadelphia Fury  W 4-2 Program Game Notes
1979 5/6/1979 vs. Houston Hurricane W 3-0 Program Game Notes
1979 6/3/1979 vs. Toronto Blizzard W 3-1 Program Game Notes
1979 6/10/1979 vs. Dallas Tornado W 4-1 Program Game Notes
1979 6/24/1979 vs. New England Tea Men  W 1-0  Program Game Notes
1979 7/15/1979 vs. Vancouver Whitecaps L 4-2 Program Game Notes
1979 7/29/1979 vs. San Jose Earthquakes W 5-0 Program Game Notes
1980 4/5/1980 @ Houston Hurricane W 4-3 (SO) Program Game Notes
1980 4/9/1980 @ Fort Lauderdale Strikers L 4-1 Program Game Notes
1980 4/13/1980 vs. Minnesota Kicks W 2-1 (SO)  Program Game Notes
1980 4/26/1980 @ Tulsa Roughnecks L 2-1 Program Game Notes
1980 5/4/1980 vs. Dallas Tornado  W 2-0 Program Game Notes
1980 6/1/1980 @ Washington Diplomats W 2-1 (SO) Program Game Notes
1980 6/16/1980 @ New England Tea Men L 2-1 (OT)  Program Game Notes
1980 7/2/1980 vs. Toronto Blizzard  W 3-1 Program Game Notes
1980 8/7/1980 vs. Edmonton Drillers W 3-2 (OT) Program Game Notes
1980 9/24/1980 vs. NASL Select Team L 3-2 Program Game Notes
1981 4/4/1981 @ Jacksonville Tea Men L 2-1 (SO) Program Game Notes
1981 4/18/1981  @ Dallas Tornado W 3-0 Program Game Notes
1981 5/25/1981 vs. Dallas Tornado W 5-1 Program Game Notes
1981 6/2/1981 @ Montreal Manic W 2-1 (OT) Program Game Notes
1981 6/14/1981 vs. Toronto Blizzard W 4-3 Program Game Notes
1981 6/21/1981 vs. Los Angeles Aztecs W 3-0 Program Game Notes
1981 6/28/1981 @ Chicago Sting  L 6-5 (SO) Program Game Notes
1981 7/22/1981 vs. Montreal Manic W 5-4 (SO) Program Game Notes
1981 8/12/1981 vs. Washington Diplomats W 4-2 Program Game Notes
1981 8/16/1981 vs. Montreal Manic W 2-1 Program Game Notes
1981 8/19/1981 @ Toronto Blizzard L 2-1 (SO) Program Game Notes
1981 9/26/1981 @ Chicago Sting  L 1-0 (SO) Program Game Notes
1981-82 1/23/1982 @ Chicago Sting  L 6-3 Program
1981-82 1/26/1982 vs. Toronto Blizzard W 7-4 Program Game Notes
1981-82 2/9/1982 vs. Chicago Sting  W 9-6 Program Game Notes
1982 4/4/1982 vs. National Team of Peru W 5-1 Program Game Notes
1982 4/10/1982 @ Jacksonville Tea Men W 3-2 Program Game Notes
1982 4/24/1982 @ Chicago Sting  W 3-1 Program Game Notes
1982 5/12/1982 @ San Diego Sockers W 2-1 Program Game Notes
1982 5/23/1982 vs. Fort Lauderdale Strikers  W 3-2 Program Game Notes
1982 6/8/1982 vs. A.C. Milan W 1-0 Program Scorecard/Roster
1982 6/12/1982 @ Tampa Bay Rowdies W 2-0 Program Game Notes
1982 6/18/1982 @ Montreal Manic  L 3-2 Program Game Notes
1982 6/23/1982 vs. Vancouver Whitecaps W 3-2 Program Game Notes
1982 6/27/1982 vs. Edmonton Drillers  W 3-1 Program Game Notes
1982 7/10/1982 @ Chicago Sting  W 2-1 Program
1982 7/25/1982 vs. San Diego Sockers W 2-1 (OT) Program Game Notes
1982 8/11/1982 vs. Toronto Blizzard L 4-1 Program Game Notes
1982 8/15/1982 vs. Chicago Sting  W 3-1 Program Game Notes
1982 8/20/1982 @ Montreal Manic L 3-1 Program Game Notes
1982 8/25/1982 vs. Tulsa Roughnecks  W 5-0 Program Game Notes
1982 9/1/1982 vs. Tulsa Roughnecks W 1-0 Program Game Notes
1982 9/5/1982 vs. San Diego Sockers W 2-1 Program Game Notes
1982 9/8/1982 @ San Diego Sockers W 2-1 (OT) Program
1983 5/4/1983 @ Fort Lauderdale Strikers L 4-1 Program Game Notes
1983 5/11/1983 @ Seattle Sounders W 3-0 Program Game Notes
1983 5/21/1983 @ Tulsa Roughnecks W 2-1 Program Game Notes
1983 5/25/1983 vs. Golden Bay Earthquakes W 5-1 Program Game Notes
1983 6/17/1983 @ Team America L 2-1 (SO) Game Notes
1983 7/6/1983 vs. Team America W 4-0 Program Game Notes
1983 7/20/1983 vs. Seattle Sounders W 4-3 (SO) Program Game Notes
1983 7/30/1983 @ Chicago Sting  L 2-1  Program  Game Notes
1983 8/3/1983 vs. San Diego Sockers W 3-1 Program Game Notes
1983 8/10/1983 @ Team America W 2-1 Program
1983 8/14/1983 vs. Montreal Manic W 3-0 Game Notes
1983 8/16/1983 @ Toronto Blizzard W 1-0 (OT) Program Game Notes
1983-84 11/20/1983 vs. Chicago Sting  W 4-2 Program Game Notes
1983-84 12/26/1983 @ Chicago Sting  W 4-3 Program
1984 5/13/1984 vs. Tampa Bay Rowdies W 1-0 Program Game Notes
1984 5/20/1984 vs. Vancouver Whitecaps W 2-1 Program Game Notes
1984 5/26/1984  @ Tampa Bay Rowdies L 3-2 (SO) Game Notes
1984 6/9/1984 vs. Chicago Sting  L 5-0 Program Game Notes
1984 6/17/1984 vs. Toronto Blizzard W 2-1 Program Game Notes
1984 6/22/1984 @ Chicago Sting  W 2-1  Program Game Notes
1984 7/22/1984 vs. World All-Stars L 3-1 Program Game Notes
1984 7/25/1984 vs. San Diego Sockers W 3-1 Game Notes
1984 8/15/1984 vs. San Diego Sockers  W 2-0 Program Game Notes
1984 8/19/1984 vs. Minnesota Strikers L 4-3 (OT) Program Game Notes
1984 8/29/1984 vs. Vancouver Whitecaps W 2-1 Program Game Notes
1984 9/12/1984 vs. Golden Bay Earthquakes L 1-0 Program Game Notes
1984 9/15/1984 @ Chicago Sting  L 1-0 Program
1984-85 12/14/1984 @ Chicago Sting L 5-4 Program
1984-85 12/22/1984 @ Los Angeles Lazers W 5-2 Program
1984-85 2/9/1985 @ Los Angeles Lazers L 7-3 Program


==Key Players==




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, died 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.

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



July 29, 1980 – Cleveland Cobras vs. Partizan Belgrade

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Jacob Shanee Cleveland CobrasCleveland Cobras vs. Partizan Belgrade
July 29, 1980
Finnie Stadium
Attendance: 4,627


This eye-catching match program comes from an international friendly between the Cleveland Cobras of the 2nd Division American Soccer League and Partizan Belgrade, the 8-time champions of the Yugoslav First League.

Throughout the late 1970’s and into 1980, Cobras management imported a series of foreign clubs to Cleveland.  This July 1980 contest against Partizan was the last such exhibition the Cobras would ever play and it was one of the most compelling.  Thomas Hatfield, in his exhaustive History of Soccer in Greater Cleveland From 1906 Until 1981, reports that Croatian protesters burned the Yugoslavian flag before the match.  The crowd of 4,627 at Finnie Stadium on the campus of Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea was one of the largest in club history for the Cobras.

Cleveland State grad Walter Schlothauer spotted the Cobras a 1-0 lead in the first half.  The Ohio native would go on to win ASL Rookie-of-the-Year honors at the end of the 1980 season.  Cleveland keeper Marine Cano held Partizan scoreless in the first half.  Partizan unloaded in the 2nd half though, roughing up Cano’s replacement, Fred Bass, with four goals after intermission.

Dzevad Prekazi of Partizan was named offensive Man of the Match, with one goal and one assist on 9 shots.  Prekazi went on to become a star for Turkish powerhouse Galatasaray in the late 1980’s.  He also returned to the United States briefly in the winter of the 1984-85, where he played under the name “Jeff Prekazi” with the Baltimore Blast of the Major Indoor Soccer League.

Jacob Shanee of the Cobras is pictured on the cover of the evening’s match program.




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November 16th, 2014 at 3:42 pm

April 10, 1984 – Leeds United vs. Tampa Bay Rowdies

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Leeds United vs. Tampa Bay Rowdies. April 10, 1984Leeds United (UK) vs. Tampa Bay Rowdies
April 10, 1984
Elland Road

North American Soccer League Programs
6 Pages


This simple 6-page black-and-white match program arrived in the post from England today.  This April 1984 international friendly saw the Tampa Bay Rowdies take on Leeds United during a brief pre-season tune up tour of England.   It was one of the final overseason exhibition games played by a North American Soccer League club before the NASL (1968-1984) went out of business in early 1985.

Leeds was a 2nd Division English club at the time, but they dispatched coach Rodney Marsh’s young Rowdies squad with ease, 4-1.  Rowdies rookie striker Roy Wegerle scored the lone goal for the visitors.  Wegerle also turned out to be a bright spot in a grim last place campaign for the Rowdies in 1984.  He scored 9 goals and won the final NASL Rookie-of-the-Year award.

Leeds star Peter Barnes, who earned 22 caps for England between 1977 and 1982, is pictured on the cover of the match day program.  Barnes would leave England in the late 1980’s to wander the four corners of the world in search of football employment.  One of his stops was Tampa Bay, where played in a dozen or so games for the Rowdies in the summer of 1990.  By that point, the Rowdies were nearing the end, playing in the lower budget American Soccer League, which was a far cry from what the NASL had been during the Rowdies heyday.



April 10, 1984 Leeds United vs. Tampa Bay Rowdies Program




More NASL International Friendlies


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January 24, 1987 – Los Angeles Strikers vs. Minnesota Strikers

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David Brcic Los Angeles LazersLos Angeles Lazers vs. Minnesota Strikers
January 24, 1987
The Forum
Attendance: 6,454

Major Indoor Soccer League Programs
32 pages


Two of the lesser lights from the old Major Indoor Soccer League met at The Forum in L.A. on this winter night in January 1987 when the Los Angeles Lazers hosted the Minnesota Strikers.  Both clubs were bankrolled by illustrious Major League team owners, with Dr. Jerry Buss (L.A. Lakers & Kings) backing the Lazers and Joe Robbie (Miami Dolphins) propping up the Strikers.

Whatever combination of business acumen or good fortune that led Buss and Robbie to collect NBA world championship and Super Bowl trophies, it never carried over to either man’s investments in pro soccer.  Buss’ Lazers routinely had the worst attendance in the MISL, but the real estate investor seemed content to fund the Lazers (and other minor arena sports at the Forum) as a sort of sports management academy for his children.  Robbie’s Strikers enjoyed some popularity as an outdoor soccer team in Fort Lauderdale in the late 1970’s, but the luster wore off when he moved the team to Minnesota and switched to the indoor game in 1984.  Robbie was bleeding millions in Minneapolis and was less able to stick things out in the MISL than Buss – Robbie’s resources were stretched by the need to privately finance the construction of Joe Robbie Stadium for the Dolphins in Miami.

Alan Willey Minnesota StrikersIn the first weeks of 1987, the Lazers were en route to their third last place finish in five years of existence.  Strangely, the team had never changed coaches, sticking with original hire Peter Wall even after a lifeless 13-35 campaign in 1985-86.  This match against Minnesota would turn out to be the night that finally cost Wall his job.  The Lazers had lost 13 of 16, including a humiliating shutout (the first in club history) the night before in Dallas.

Minnesota’s English sniper Alan Willey notched a hat trick in the first half as the Strikers leapt out to an early lead.  Chris Dangerfield, Hector Marinaro and Mike Jeffries piled on the second half and Minnesota won the game 6-4.  The Lazers dropped to 6-14 on the season and the Buss family finally relieved Wall a few days later.

Wall’s replacement, a recently retired player named Keith Tozer, would go on to become the all-time winningest coach in indoor soccer history.  But that winning wouldn’t benefit the Lazers much – the team never won another playoff game before folding in June of 1989.  The Strikers, meanwhile, went on to play in the MISL championship series in the spring of 1987 (their only good indoor season turned out to be a great one), but nearly folded anyway because of financial problems.  They ended up hanging on for one more season thanks to a “Save Our Strikers” season ticket campaign, but folded for good in June of 1988.



Los Angeles Lazers Home Page

Minnesota Strikers Home Page


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