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Handwriting on the wall for the Cosmos

In the fall of 1982, as in every fall during the late 1970s and early 1980s, there was talk in New York soccer circles about international stars the New York Cosmos might sign for the following year’s NASL season. In October and November 1982, that talk centered around Brazilian midfielder …

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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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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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The Cosmos’ first campus visit

BS poster vabeacher suggested in a comment on Bill Archer’s blog that in light of the new Cosmos’ recent announcement that they plan to play at Hofstra next year, I should write something about the old Cosmos’ time at Hofstra 40 years ago. A good idea. Not that I’ve really …

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Good days for the Cosmos

The New York Cosmos had an up-and-down record over the years in friendlies against European and South American teams. They often suffered, and sometimes benefited, from the fact that friendlies between a home team in mid-season form and a visiting team on an off-season tour tend to be an uneven …

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The sad end of the NASL Cosmos

It would be nice to be able to say that the New York Cosmos (their NASL incarnation, that is) ended their days in the glamorous way of their best days, that they went down with their heads high and their expressions defiant. Unfortunately, that was not the case. The decline …

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The Cosmos’ takeoff in 1977

The New York Cosmos weren’t always “The Cosmos!” Before the arrival of Pele in 1975, they were something less, despite their 1972 NASL title. In 1974, they finished 13th out of 15 teams in the regular-season standings. They weren’t much better in 1975, when Pele joined them in mid-season, finishing …

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The Cosmos-Whitecaps classic

There seems to be little disagreement (famous last words) among fans of the NASL that the greatest game in that league’s 17 seasons was the second leg of the 1979 semifinal between the New York Cosmos and the Vancouver Whitecaps. That this bitter rivalry produced a heated battle was no …