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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



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.



July 13, 1999 MetroStars Game Notes

July 13, 1999 Staten Island Vipers Game Notes

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



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.




June 7, 1998 Miami Fusion Game Notes

June 7, 1998 New York MetroStars Game Notes



Major League Soccer Media Guides

Major League Soccer Programs


Written by AC

September 21st, 2013 at 10:41 pm

June 24, 1979 – New York Cosmos vs. New England Tea Men

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Shep Messing Rochester LancersNew York Cosmos vs. New England Tea Men
June 24, 1979
Giants Stadium
Attendance: 41,428

North American Soccer League Programs
130 pages


This June 1979 match marked the North American Soccer League debut of Dutch national team midfielder Johan Neeskens.  Neeskens, a key member of Holland’s World Cup final teams in 1974 and 1978, was arguably the last truly impactful European star signed by the New York Cosmos (1971-1985), a club that became world famous for importing foreign stars to America.  (Neeskens would also hang on longer than the others and was the last big name left when the Cosmos played their final season in 1984).

The Cosmos’ opponent on this Sunday afternoon were the New England Tea Men, and a national TV audience on ABC joined the 41,428 on hand at Giants Stadium.  The Tea Men were struggling through a wretched sophomore jinx season, but they always played the Cosmos tough.  During New England’s expansion season in 1978, the Tea Men were the only NASL club to beat the eventual champion Cosmos twice.  On July 12th, 1978 New England beat the Cosmos 3-1 in New Jersey, ending the Cosmos two-year, 23-match unbeaten streak at home.  Coming into this game 11 months later, the Cosmos had built up a new 12-game home winning streak.

Johan NeeskensJohan Neeskens was the story going into the match, and he was strong in midfield, nearly scoring on a volley just over the New England crossbar in the 55th minute.  But the story of the day – surprisingly – was a pair of young American stars who’d dropped out of college the previous year to play for the Cosmos.

21-year old David Brcic, who left soccer power St. Louis University in 1978 to sign with New York, got his first start of the season, after spending the first sixteen matches deep on the bench behind both Jack Brand and Erol Yasin.  Brcic was outstanding, making 10 saves and recording a clean sheet against the Tea Men.  It was a rare moment of outdoor glory for Brcic.  Though he stayed with the team until it’s demise in 1985, he never won the outdoor starting job, seeing most of his action during the Cosmos’ winter indoor seasons of the 1980’s, which the club never seemed to take especially seriously.

The other young standout was 20-year old midfielder Rick Davis, considered by many to be the finest American player in the game.  Playing in his 30th pro match, Davis had earned a reputation as a reliable distributor, earning 7 assists through the first 16 matches of the 1979 season.  But he had never scored a goal, until the 50th minute of this game, when he put a knuckling shot past Tea Men goalkeeper Kevin “Cat” Keelan.  Davis was too surprised to celebrate and walked calmly back to midfield while his teammates leaped and yelled around him.  It was the only goal of the match in the Cosmos 1-0 victory.

Prior to the 2:30 PM kickoff, there was a preliminary match between the New York Freedoms, champions of the amateur Cosmopolitan Soccer League’s Major Division, and a team of Cosmopolitan League All-Stars.  Over the years, more than a dozen Cosmopolitan League alumni made it up to the NASL and other American pro leagues.  You can check out the press notes and rosters from this match in the Downloads section below.  The All-Stars head coach was Dr. Gerry Klivecka, brother of Cosmos’ manager Ray Klivecka.

Former Cosmos star goalkeeper Shep Messing is pictured on the cover of the day’s KICK Magazine program, but by this time he was upstate New York, playing his final season of outdoor soccer with the anything-but-glamorous Rochester Lancers.



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

June 24, 1979 New England Tea Men Game Notes 

June 24, 1979 New York Cosmos Game Notes

June 24, 1979 New York Freedoms vs. Cosmopolitan All-Stars Game Notes



New England Tea Men Home Page

New York Cosmos Home Page



April 9, 1980 – Fort Lauderdale Strikers vs. New York Cosmos

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Fort Lauderdale Strikers vs. New York Cosmos
April 9, 1980
Lockhart Stadium
Attendance: 18,572

North American Soccer League Programs
112 pages


One of the all-time great matches in Fort Lauderdale Strikers history.  The Strikers hosted the mighty New York Cosmos at Lockhart Stadium in front of a near-sellout crowd in their third match of the 1980 North American Soccer League season.

The Strikers leaped out to a sudden 2-0 advantage, thanks to a pair of quick goals from Peruvian World Cup star Teofilo Cubillas in the 6th and 7th minutes. Francisco Marinho, who played for the Cosmos in 1979, set up both of Cubillas’ first half goals.  In the 2nd half, it was Cubillas and Marinho again, with Cubillas getting his third of the night for a hat trick in the 51st minute and Marinho adding the coup de grace in 87th en route to a resounding 4-1 victory.

On the other end of the field, Strikers defender Ken Fogarty frustrated New York’s star striker Giorgio Chinaglia for most of the night, holding the NASL’s all-time leading scorer off the scoring sheet until it no longer mattered. Chinaglia got his first goal of the 1980 season in the 80th minute when it no longer mattered, but it kept the Cosmos from suffering a shutout.

What was otherwise a great night for soccer in Fort Lauderdale was marred late in the final minute of the match when a fan leapt over a field barrier and assaulted Iranian-born Cosmos defender Andranik Eskandarian.  The U.S. was in the thick of the Iranian hostage crisis at the time.  Chinaglia got a few kicks in at the attacker before he was lead away by police.  Eskandarian was dazed but unhurt.

After the match, Cosmos players and coaches spoke highly of the Strikers effort.

“If they play with the guts they played with tonight, they’ll be in the Soccer Bowl,” Cosmos technical director Julio Mazzei told Hal Habib of The Miami Herald.

Franz Beckenbauer agreed.  “If they always play like tonight, they’ll have a good chance to win the championship.”

Mazzei and Beckenbauer were right.  This match turned out to be a preview of the Soccer Bowl ’80 championship match, played five months later before 50,000 fans in Washington D.C.   But the Cosmos would flip the script in the Soccer Bowl, taking apart the Strikers with a decisive 3-0 victory.

Bob Lenarduzzi of the Vancouver Whitecaps was pictured on the cover of the evening’s KICK Magazine match program.



April 9, 1980 Fort Lauderdale Strikers Game Notes

April 9, 1980 New York Cosmos Game  Notes


==Additional Sources==

“Cosmos Expect To Get Better”, Hal Habib, The Miami Herald, April 10, 1980

“Cosmos Lost It, Fan Attacks Player”, Ike Kuhns, The Newark-Star Ledger, April 10, 1980



New York Cosmos Home Page




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