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The polarizing Giorgio Chinaglia

I don’t know if there has ever been anyone else in American soccer on whom there was such a wide divergence of opinion as Giorgio Chinaglia, who starred for the New York Cosmos from 1976 to 1983. It seems as though the majority of people either worshiped him or couldn’t …

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The 35-yard line

The North American Soccer League made quite a few changes to the way it played soccer. There were the counting-down clock, the shootout to decide tied games, and a standings system that could award as many as nine points per game depending on the number of goals scored. However, none …

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The pursuit of Pele II

When Pele signed with the New York Cosmos in 1975, some may have thought that, like other European and South America soccer stars playing or living in the United States, he had escaped to a place where no one would know him and he would no longer have to worry …

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The pursuit of Pele

When the New York Cosmos signed Pele in 1975, it was the finish of a pursuit that had been going on for more than four years. This was no overnight inspiration. It was a campaign waged carefully and determinedly by Cosmos general manager Clive Toye. Three factors seem to have …

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The smiling Julio Mazzei

When Pele arrived in New York to play for the Cosmos in June 1975, his entourage (nothing like the massive crowds that some superstar athletes drag around today) included a 44-year-old man named Julio Mazzei, usually dubbed Professor Julio Mazzei because of his background as a fitness and physical-education instructor. …

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Team America

In the fading years of the North American Soccer League, it used several strategies to try to resuscitate itself and regain its success of a few years before. One of those moves, which didn’t work any better than the others, was Team America, which played in the NASL in the …

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The NASL’s first crisis

That the North American Soccer League died an early death, after 17 seasons, is well known. That it nearly died a much earlier one is less famous. The NASL’s survival of its crisis year of 1969 was due largely to the efforts of three men, Clive Toye, Phil Woosnam and …

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Chasing a streak

Last year, the Seattle Sounders broke the New York Cosmos’ record for single-season attendance in American pro soccer. This season, they may be closing in on a Cosmos attendance mark that might have even more significance. The Cosmos left a lot of memories behind when they folded in 1985. In …

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Decline and fall

When the referee blows his whistle to start the opening game of this year’s Major League Soccer season, MLS will officially become older than the North American Soccer League ever got. The NASL lasted 17 seasons, and the 2013 season will be MLS’ 18th. So this seems an appropriate time …

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The other side of the coin

A third batch of odd facts in American soccer history: –The NASL wasn’t always glitz and glamor and Pele and Beckenbauer in front of sell-out crowds. Here’s an example: The largest, and probably most famous, NASL crowd was the 77,691 who saw the New York Cosmos beat the Fort Lauderdale …