Umm no. There were competitive teams no doubt, but no one regularly smoked the Cosmo's in their heyday of 1975-1980. When people say Cosmo's and everyone else, they are refering to the amount of attention to the NASL. Without Steve Ross that league would never have recieved any attention at all. Ross built the hype machine for the league by pouring millions into the Cosmos and making them a household name in the country. As their popularity grew it had residulal effects on other NASL markets. If you take the Cosmo's out of the picture the NASL might have as well been Major League Lacrosse. The NASL had a few really great years in terms of exposure and hype, but thats all they had. Their owners were bleeding money, they had no infastructre, they had too many teams struggling, their TV deal tanked in less than a year or two, they had no revenue control, they had nothing really except for the hype generated by the Cosmos and a few clubs in that league that signed their own aging world stars (Best, Marsch, etc.) that got some press. MLS has NASL whipped like a bondage freak in everything except those breif few years of massive hype driven almost exclusivly by the Cosmos.