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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.

Stadiums:

Arenas:

Team Colors:

  • 1974: Green, Yellow & Blue
  • 1977: Green & White

Owners:

  • 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.

 

 

==Downloads==

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

 

Links

North American Soccer League Media Guides

North American Soccer League Programs

Major Indoor Soccer League Media Guides

Major Indoor Soccer League Programs

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June 9, 1971 New York Cosmos vs. Rochester Lancers

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New York Cosmos ProgramNew York Cosmos vs. Rochester Lancers
June 9, 1971
Yankee Stadium
Attendance: 2,017

North American Soccer League Programs
14 pages

 

Very early program from the first season of the New York Cosmos soccer club back in 1971.  This was long before the deep-pocketed club began importing World Cup stars from Europe and South America in the mid-1970’s and only 2,017 souls came out to the Bronx on this evening to watch Manhattan’s newest soccer team played the Rochester Lancers, the defending champions of the North American Soccer League.

The hero on this night was the immortal Willie Mfum, a veteran of Ghana’s 1964 Olympic team and the American 2nd division, who scored three goals on headers all within an 11-minute span of the 2nd half to power the Cosmos to a 4-2 victory over the defending champs.  1971 NASL Most Valuable Player and scoring leader Carlos Metidieri tallied for the Lancers in the 2nd half, but it was too little, too late.

 

==Downloads==

June 9, 1971 New York Cosmos Game Notes 

June 9, 1971 Rochester Lancers Game Notes

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Written by AC

September 5th, 2013 at 2:27 pm

August 6, 1967 – New York Generals vs. Pittsburgh Phantoms

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New York Generals vs. Pittsburgh Phantoms
August 6, 1967
Yankee Stadium
Attendance: 5,008

National Professional Soccer League Programs
24 pages

 

Here’s another rare program pulled from the massive New York pro soccer archive of the late Newark Star-Ledger writer Ike Kuhns.  The New York Generals take on the Pittsburgh Phantoms during the debut season of the “outlaw” (non-FIFA sanctioned) National Professional Soccer League.

The star for the host New York Generals on this evening was 18-year old Trinidadian striker Leroy DeLeon, playing in just his fifth professional match.  DeLeon hadn’t scored in his four previous appearances with the Generals, but he exploded for a hat trick in this game, scoring all three goals in New York’s 3-1 victory over the Phantoms.  DeLeon would go on to a long career in American pro soccer, playing for various NASL and MISL clubs before retiring in 1983.

The modest crowd of just over 5,000 at Yankee Stadium was a typical one for the NPSL, which vastly underperformed the expectations of its deep-pocketed investors.  Both of these clubs were short-lived.  The Phantoms, whose owners were also involved in Pittsburgh’s brand new NHL franchise in 1967, finished in last place and vanished after a single season.  The Generals came back for a second campaign in 1968 as members of the North American Soccer League, but folded in early 1969.

 

==Downloads==

August 6, 1967 New York Generals Game Notes

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Written by AC

August 2nd, 2013 at 2:17 pm

1967 New York Skyliners

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New York SkylinersUnited Soccer Association (1967)

Born: 1967 – USA founding franchise.
Folded: January 1968

Stadium: Yankee Stadium

Team Colors:

Owner: Madison Square Garden Corp.

USA Championships: None

 

 

The New York Skyliners were a professional soccer entry that lasted for one season at Yankee Stadium during the summer of 1967.

The Skyliners were members of the United Soccer Association, a league which imported European and South American clubs into the United States to play under pseudonyms during their domestic offseason.  The Skyliners were actually Cerro of Uruguay.   All of the Skyliners were Uruguayan except for leading scorer Benedicto Ribeiro (Brazil), forward Luis Suarez (Argentina) and goalkeeper Osmar Miguelucci (Argentina).

The Skyliners kicked off the league schedule on May 28, 1967 at Yankee Stadium against Toronto City (who were actually Hibernians of Scotland).  The match drew a season-high crowd of 21,781 and ended in a 1-1 draw.

A June 16th, 1967 Skyliners home match against the Chicago Mustangs was halted and declared a draw with three minutes remaining after Italian fans who supported the Mustangs (actually Cagliari Calcio of Italy) vaulted out of the stands and assaulted referee Leo Goldstein.

Since all of the USA clubs were foreign clubs that were essentially on offseason tour, the league schedule was very short.  The season was only 12 games long.  The Skyliners were one of the weaker clubs with a 2-4-6 record.  Skyliners attendance was second best in the league with a claimed average of 8,766 fans per match for six home dates at Yankees Stadium.   But this wasn’t really cause for celebration as attendance across the league was considered disastrous.

Following the 1967 season the United Soccer Association merged with the rival National Professional Soccer League to form the North American Soccer League (1968-1984).   Both the USA and the NPSL had New York City franchises.  In fact, both the Skyliners and the NPSL’s New York Generals played at Yankee Stadium in 1967.  Initial plans called for the Skyliners and the Generals to merge, but instead Madison Square Garden Corp, the owners of the Skyliners, decided to fold the club in January 1968.   The Generals continued on as New York’s club for the 1968 season.

 

 

==1967 New York Skyliners Results==

Date Opponent Score Program Other
5/28/1967 vs. Toronto City T 1-1
5/31/1967 @ Boston Rovers T 0-0
6/4/1967 @ Los Angeles Wolves L 2-1
6/7/1967 @ Washington Whips L 3-0
6/11/1967 @ Chicago Mustangs L 3-2
6/13/1967 @ San Francisco Gales T 2-2
6/16/1967 vs. Chicago Mustangs T 0-0
6/25/1967 @ Cleveland Stokers W 2-1
6/27/1967 vs. Dallas Tornado W 4-1
7/2/1967 vs. Detroit Cougars L 1-0 Program
7/5/1967 @ Vancouver Royal Canadians T 1-1
7/8/1967 vs. Houston Stars T 2-2

 

Links

United Soccer Association Programs

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Written by AC

July 14th, 2013 at 2:04 am

1967-1968 New York Generals

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National Professional Soccer League (1967)
North American Soccer League (1968)

Born: 1966 – NPSL founding franchise
Folded: February 18, 1969

Stadium: Yankee Stadium (67,000)

Team Colors: Hunter Green & Gold

Owners:

 

This early pro soccer entry in New York City began life in the aftermath of the 1966 World Cup, the first to be televised in the United States.  The Cup sparked a low boil gold rush to establish a proper national soccer league in the United States in 1967, with three groups competing for the honor.  Two rival leagues emerged from the negotiations.  The National Professional Soccer League (NPSL) got the all-important television contract with CBS.  The United Soccer Association (USA) received the all-important sanctioning from FIFA, which branded the NPSL as an outlaw league and threatened sanctions against players who signed with the league.

The New York Generals were originally owned jointly by broadcaster RKO General, the owner of New York’s WOR-TV Channel 9, and Wall Street investment banker Peter Elser.  The Generals played their home matches at Yankee Stadium – as did the New York Skyliners, the local entry from the rival United Soccer Association, owned by Madison Square Garden Corporation.

The Generals debuted at Yankee Stadium on April 22, 1967 against the Chicago Spurs.  A crowd of 7,766 saw the Generals triumph 2-1 thanks to goals by Luis Menotti (Argentina) and Adilson Silveira (Brazil), a pair of South Americans who joined the club just one day earlier.  For the 1967 season, the Generals finished in third place in their division at 11-13-8.

The Generals’ matches were poorly attended.  The club’s fifth home game against the California Clippers on May 27, 1967 attracted just 3,027 to Yankee Stadium on a Saturday afternoon.  Attendance was poor throughout the league and in the rival United Soccer Association as well.  In December 1967, the NPSL and the USA merged to form the North American Soccer League.   The original merger plan called for the Generals and the Skyliners to merge and form a single New York franchise for the 1968 season.   This hit a snag when RKO General decided to pull its support in January 1968.  Instead, Peter Elser decided to recruit new partners and continue the Generals on his own.  The Skyliners folded.

The highlight of the 1968 season was a July 12th visit from Santos F.C. of Brazil and their superstar striker PeleThe exhibition drew 15,645 to Yankee Stadium, with the Generals winning 5-3.  For the season, the Generals posted a winning record of 12-8-12 but again failed to qualify for postseason play.

The pro soccer bubble burst in the winter of 1968, as CBS terminated its TV contract and the NASL membership dropped from 17 clubs to just 5.  The Generals pulled the plug in February 1969, citing new league chief Phil Woosnam’s plan to import touring foreign teams to represent league cities in 1969 (a model used by the United Soccer Association in 1967) rather than allow each club to assemble its own roster.

Pro soccer returned to New York City two years later with the formation of the NASL’s New York Cosmos in 1971, a club that would captivate New York and northern New Jersey during the late 1970’s.

Notable players who wore the Generals green & gold included Menotti, who later coached Argentina to victory in the 1978 World Cup, and long-time Ajax star Co Prins.

 

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

Season Date Opponent Score Program Other

1967

1967 4/22/1967 vs. Chicago Spurs W 2-1 Program
1967 5/24/1967 vs. Baltimore Bays T 0-0 Program
1967 6/28/1967 @ Philadelphia Spartans ?? Program
1967 7/9/1967 vs. Chicago Spurs ?? Program
1967 8/6/1967 vs. Pittsburgh Phantoms W 3-1 Program
1967 8/12/1967 vs. California Clippers ?? Program
1967 8/26/1967 vs. Philadelphia Spartans ?? Program

1968

1968 4/21/1968 vs. Toronto Falcons ?? Program
1968   5/1/1968 vs. Baltimore Bays W 2-1 Program
1968 6/14/1968 @ Washington Whips ?? Program
1968 7/14/1968 vs. Chicago Mustangs W 4-3 Program Game Notes

 

==Key Players==

  • Cesar Luis Menotti
  • Co Prins

 

==Links==

National Professional Soccer League Programs

North American Soccer League Media Guides

North American Soccer League Programs

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