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September 12, 1984 – New York Cosmos vs. Golden Bay Earthquakes


Steve ZungulNew York Cosmos vs. Golden Bay Earthquakes
September 12, 1984
Giants Stadium
Attendance: 7,581

North American Soccer League Programs
40 pages


Continuing to mine the remarkable soccer archives of the late Ike Kuhns, the long-time Newark Star-Ledger sportswriter…

Here we have the match program and games notes from the final North American Soccer League home match ever played by the New York Cosmos.  There was one last road match three days after this, when the Cosmos travelled to Comiskey Park and were eliminated from postseason contention by the Chicago Sting on the final day of the 1984 NASL season, the league’s last.

This was also the final NASL match period for the original San Jose/Golden Bay Earthquakes (1974-1984).  The ‘Quakes finished dead last in the 9-team NASL in 1984, despite boasting the league’s top two goal scorers in Steve Zungul (pictured on the evening’s match program above) and Branko Segota.

The Cosmos were in the middle of a late season collapse that would see the team shut out in its final three NASL matches.  The Earthquakes had the worst defense in the league and seemed like a great chance for the Cosmos to break their cold streak.  But the hero of the evening was Golden Bay’s seldom-used goalkeeper Bob Rigby, making only his third appearance of the 1984 season.  As a rookie back in 1973, Rigby led the expansion Philadelphia Atoms to the NASL Championship and became the first American pro soccer player ever pictured on the cover of Sports Illustrated.  He played for the Cosmos in 1976, when the club was beginning to amass its collection of the game’s brightest stars, but his profile and playing time faded in the 1980’s as he bounced from team to team.  On this night, Rigby was spectacular and made 14 saves to register the ‘Quakes first (and last) shutout against the Cosmos.  Godfrey Ingram scored for Golden Bay in the 30th minute to provide the winning 1-0 margin for the visitors.

The match attendance of 7,581 was the Cosmos’ worst ever at Giants Stadium for a league match and their smallest home crowd since June 30, 1976.



September 12, 1984 New York Cosmos Game Notes

September 12, 1984 Golden Bay Earthquakes Game Notes

9-12-1984 Cosmos vs. Earthquakes Scoring Sheet



New York Cosmos Home Page



December 16, 1983 – Chicago Sting vs. Golden Bay Earthquakes

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Steve Zungul Golden Bay EarthquakesChicago Sting vs. Golden Bay Earthquakes
December 16, 1983
Chicago Stadium
Attendance: ?

North American Soccer League Programs
48 pages


Prescient choice to put indoor soccer legend Steve Zungul on the cover of this December 1983 match program.  Zungul’s Golden Bay Earthquakes came into Chicago Stadium to play the Chicago Sting, who had never lost a regular season home game in the NASL‘s indoor league.  The Sting’s home streak dated back 21 games over three NASL seasons.  (The Sting played the 1982-83 season in the rival Major Indoor Soccer League and did lose some home matches in that league, including a December 1982 loss to the New York Arrows, with Zungul scoring the OT winner in that match as well).

The ‘Quakes took the Sting into sudden death overtime knotted at 5-5.  Then it was Zungul with the winner in the 75th minute to give Golden Bay the 6-5 victory.

Zungul went on to lead the NASL indoor league in both goals (63) and assists (56) during the 1983-84 indoor season.  The “Lord of All Indoors” was also a tremendous outdoor player.  Despite playing on a poor Quakes side, Zungul won outdoor MVP honors in the summer of 1984, which would prove to be the seventeenth and final season of play for the North American Soccer League.



Chicago Sting Roster, December 16, 1983

Golden Bay Earthquakes Roster, December 16, 1983



Chicago Sting Home Page



Written by AC

February 8th, 2013 at 4:30 pm


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