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2001-2003 New York Power

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2001 New York Power Media GuideWomen’s United Soccer Association (2001-2003)

Born: April 2000 – WUSA founding franchise
Folded: September 15, 2003

Stadium: Mitchel Athletic Complex (10,102)

Team Colors: Violet, Gold & Black

Mascot: Zap

Investor-Operator: Time-Warner Cable

Founders Cup Championships: None


The Power were the New York entry in the Women’s United Soccer Association, the first attempt at a pro soccer league for women in the United States. The club played on Long Island at the Mitchell Athletic Complex in Uniondale.

The Power fared well in the WUSA’s debut season of 2001. U.S. National Team striker Tiffeny Milbrett led the league in scoring and took home MVP and Offensive Player-of-the-Year honors for the league. Her 16 goals established a league record that was never equalled. Other key players included Milbrett’s USWNT teammates Christie Pearce and Sara Whalen, Norwegian international defender Gro Espeseth and Chinese National Team keeper Gao Hong.  The Power finished in 3rd place with a 9-7-5 record. They lost to the eventual champion Bay Area CyberRays in the playoff semi-final.

The club fell apart during an cursed 2002 campaign. Espeseth retired. Hong and Pearce missed time with injuries. Worst of all, Whalen suffered a career-ending knee injury and nearly died from post-surgery complications. The Power crashed to a last place finish. Their 3-17-1 record was the worst in the three-year history of the WUSA. New York also finished last in the league in attendance with announced figures of 5,575 per game.

The Power hobbled into the WUSA’s third and final season in 2003. Behind the scenes, WUSA officials quietly asked senior management of the league’s Boston Breakers franchise to oversee operations of the Power front office. On the field, the club bounced back somewhat under new Head Coach Tom Sermanni, finishing 5th with a 7-9-5 record. Match attendance dipped further to a league-worst 4,249 per game.

Shortly after the conclusion of the 2003 WUSA season, the league’s cable company backers pulled their support. The Power and the rest of the WUSA went out of business on September 15, 2003.


New York Power Memorabilia


New York Power Video

2001 WUSA playoff semi-final. Power visit the Bay Area CyberRays at Spartan Stadium. August 18, 2001



Women’s United Soccer Association Media Guides

Women’s United Soccer Association Programs


Written by Drew Crossley

March 11th, 2017 at 9:52 pm

2009 New York Sentinels


New York SentinelsUnited Football League (2009)

Born: 2009 – UFL founding franchise
Moved: February 16, 2010 (Hartford Colonials)


Team Colors:

Owner: Bill Mayer

UFL Champions: None


An especially flaccid entry in the ill-conceived United Football League (2009-2012).  The New York Sentinels went o-6 in their only season of competition and played only one contest in the state of New York during their brief lifespan.

The Sentinels were coached by former New York Jets defensive coordinator Ted Cotrell. The team’s biggest name was 4-time NFL All-Pro defensive end Simeon Rice.  The team’s best name was leading receiver Craphonso Thorpe.

The UFL played a short 6-game schedule during their 2009 debut season. For whatever reason, the league and the Sentinels chose/were forced to schedule each of the team’s games in a different state. The Sentinel’s debut at Giants Stadium on October 29, 2009 drew announced crowd of 10,818 in 76,000-seat Giants Stadium.  Game #2 on the campus of Hofstra University on Long Island drew 4,392.  The Sentinels’ final “home” game was at Rentschler Field in Hartford, Connecticut before 5,201.

The Sentinels moved permanently to Hartford for the UFL’s second season in 2010 and were re-branded as the Hartford Colonials. The Colonials lasted one season before the franchise folded for good in July 2011. The UFL ran out of money a year later and closed its doors midway through the 2012 season.


==New York Sentinels Programs on Fun While It Lasted==

Season Date Opponent Score Program Other


2009 10/10/2009 @ Florida Tuskers L 35-13 Program



The Sentinels vs. California Redwoods in the team’s lone Giants Stadium appearance. October 29, 2009.



United Football League Programs


May 12, 1972 – New York Nets vs. Indiana Pacers


Jim Eakins Virginia SquiresNew York Nets vs. Indiana Pacers
ABA Championship Series, Game 3
May 12, 1972
Nassau Coliseum
Attendance: 15,241

American Basketball Association Programs
52 Pages


The New York Islanders play their final regular season at the Nassau Coliseum tonight, the team’s home for the past 42 winters.  The Isles will play at least two playoff dates at the Coliseum this spring before moving to the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn next fall, but the eulogies for “Fort Never Lose” are already rolling in.  And they’ve been oddly sentimental, given how relentlessly the Coliseum has been kicked around in recent years, most famously by Gary Bettman, who told a Hofstra University audience in 2009:

“There is probably no worse Major League facility right now in North America than the Nassau Coliseum.”

The locals cheered in agreement.

But now that it’s losing the Islanders and the NHL forever, the Nassau Coliseum is enjoying something of a critical reappraisal. Grantland and ESPN ran lengthy “it’s a dump, but it’s our dump” eulogies.  George Vecsey at The Times, who covered the Isles’ 1980-1983 Stanley Cup dynasty, composed the most sincere and heartfelt farewell to the Coliseum, though “squat” was the most romantic sobriquet he chose to describe the arena’s aesthetic charms.

With all the column inches, you’d think the old barn was scheduled for demolition.  In fact, it’s just losing the NHL. The arena will be downsized, refurbished and revert to being a minor league building in the middle of nowhere. Which, in a sense, has been part of the building’s DNA since it opened in 1972.  Because although the Coliseum will always be inextricably linked with the Islanders and their early 80’s Cup winners, the building has proved an irresistible magnet for every “sport of the future” that desperately wanted to plant its flag in a place that would pass for New York.


Of all the teams that made a home at the Nassau Coliseum over the years, only the arena’s two original tenants way back in 1972 are still around.  The New York Nets of the American Basketball Association made the championship series in 1972 after moving over from the tiny Island Garden in West Hempstead late in the season.  Today’s program (top right) is from Game 3 of the 1972 ABA Championship Series against the Indiana Pacers, which was the first championship sporting event in the building.  The turnout of 15,241 fans was the largest postseason crowd in ABA history to that point.  But despite 44 points from the Nets’ top attraction Rick Barry, the Pacers took control of the series with a 114-108 win.  Indiana rookie George McGinniss had 30 points and 20 boards to upstage Barry.  The Pacers went on to win the series in six games.

The Islanders themselves arrived a few months later, but only after another unproven start-up spooked the NHL into a hasty pre-emptive expansion.  A proposed hockey club called the New York Raiders had their sights set on the Coliseum for the debut season of the rebel World Hockey Association in fall of 1972.  The Islanders got the lease instead, dooming the WHA’s efforts in New York to repeated disasters at the more expensive Madison Square Garden.

The Nets and the Islanders haven’t shared an arena since the basketball team decamped for New Jersey in 1977. This October they will reunite in Brooklyn at the Barclay’s Center.  As for the rest of the franchises that set up shop at Nassau Coliseum – and there are a bunch – they are long, long gone…

  • Billie Jean King headlined the New York Sets, a co-ed team tennis promotion that played 20-odd dates a summer at the Coliseum from 1974 until 1976.
  • Box lacrosse tried to gain a foothold at the Coliseum over and over again, starting with the Long Island Tomahawks (1975).  The New York Saints (1989-2003) hung in for 14 years, the longest tenancy of any team besides the Isles. But the New York Titans (2007) were yet another One-Year Wonder to vanish from the Coliseum after just a few months of play.
  • While the Islanders were winning four straight Stanley Cups from 1980 to 1983, there were actually two dynasties at the Coliseum. The New York Arrows won the first four championship of the Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL) from 1979 to 1982, led by a pair of flashy Yugoslav forwards, Branko Segota and Steve Zungul.  The Arrows went bankrupt in 1984.
  • After the Arrows died, the MISL tried to get back into New York with an expansion team called the New York Express in 1986.  After a public stock offering flopped, the Express ran out of money and folded halfway through its debut season. One of the former Express owners is currently in federal prison after adopting a false identity to run venture capital scams.
  • Professional roller hockey arrived in 1996 with the formation of the Long Island Jawz. Professional roller hockey also departed in 1996.
  • Islanders owner Charles Wang also owned the New York Dragons of the Arena Football League from 2001 to 2008. The Dragons offered a severe cautionary tale for novice sports investors. In July 2008, Wang sold the Dragons to Steve Silva for $12 million. Five months later, league investors suffered a crisis of confidence and shut down the league after 22 seasons.  Silva never got to see his team play a down.

Numerous reports have it that the Nassau Coliseum is looking for an American Hockey League club to replace the Islanders on Long Island.  The Bridgeport Sound Tigers have been rumored to be that team for several years now. So the Fun While It Lasted hijinks in Uniondale are likely far from over.



May 12, 1972 New York Nets vs. Indiana Pacers Game Notes





Written by AC

April 12th, 2015 at 2:18 am

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


Text coming soon…



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



1984 New York Nationals

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United Soccer League (1984)

Born: 1984 – USL founding franchise
Folded: Postseason 1984

Stadium: Hofstra Stadium (10,000)

Team Colors: Red, White & Blue

Owner: Kostas Georgiadis


The New York Nationals were a very short-lived Long Island-based entry in the lower division United Soccer League (1984-1985).  The team existed for only one season in the summer of 1984.

The USL was a successor league to the hardscrabble American Soccer League (1933-1983).  Throughout the 1970’s and early 1980’s the ASL served as the de facto 2nd division of American pro soccer, while the North American Soccer League (1968-1984) represented the top tier of the sport.  After 50 years of play, the ASL finally fell apart in early 1984.  A quartet of ASL survivors joined five new franchises to form the nine-team USL in the spring of 1984.

The Nationals were one of the new clubs.  They set up shop at Hofstra University on Long Island, which was previously home to the early (pre-Pele) days of the NASL’s New York Cosmos in the early 1970’s and to the American Soccer League’s New York Apollo in the late 1970’s.

American soccer cultists would recognize a couple of young players on the squad who earned some prominence in the sport.  22-year old Long Island native Michael Collins was a veteran of the New York Arrows indoor team and went on to play nearly 20 seasons, mostly indoors.  23-year old forward Jim Gabarra also enjoyed a long indoor career and became a well-regarded women’s coach in the 2000’s with the WUSA and Women’s Professional Soccer.

The top executives of the Nationals were mostly Greek-Americans and so were many of the club’s players.  The Nationals started fast, racing out to a 5-0 record.   But one month into the season, Head Coach Jim McGeough resigned and top players like Collins and Gabarra disappeared from the roster.  The Nationals began carrying a smaller roster, which was populated largely by less experienced Greek-American players from New York.  The club slumped badly the rest of the way under McGeough’s former assistant Kyriakos Fitilis and finished 10-14 and out of the playoff hunt.

The Nationals folded shortly after the 1984 season.  The rest of the United Soccer League followed suit in 1985, failing to complete its second season of play.


==1984 New York Nationals Results==

Date Opponent Score Program Other
5/20/1984 @ Rochester Flash ??
???? Game Two
???? Game Three
6/8/1984 vs. Buffalo Storm ?? Program Roster
6/12/1984 vs. Rochester Flash W 3-1 Program Roster
6/15/1984 vs. Oklahoma City Stampede ?? Program Game Notes
6/17/1984 @ Houston Dynamos ??
6/22/1984 @ Oklahoma City Stampede ??
6/23/1984 @ Dallas Americans ??
6/26/1984 vs. Houston Dynamos ?? Program Roster
6/30/1984 @ Buffalo Storm ??
7/6/1984 vs. Rochester Flash ??
7/10/1984 vs. Dallas Americans ??
7/11/1984 @ Buffalo Storm ??
7/13/1984 vs. Charlotte Gold ??
7/14/1984 @ Fort Lauderdale Sun L 2-0
7/17/1984 @ Jacksonville Tea Men ??
7/20/1984 @ Charlotte Gold ??
7/21/1984 vs. Rochester Flash L 4-1
7/25/1984 @ Rochester Flash ??
8/7/1984 vs. Buffalo Storm ??
8/8/1984 @ Rochester Flash ??
8/12/1984 @ Buffalo Storm L 3-1
8/17/1984 vs. Buffalo Storm ??



United Soccer League Media Guides

United Soccer League Programs



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