I think the point was that the Cosmos, by being a thing, kind of lit a fire in the Northeast New Jersey area. That all the following came from that: Ramos, Berhalter, Meola, Harkes, Reyna, and possibly Bob and Mike Bradley. The youth soccer that started in response to the cosmos continued after the NASL folded and you got Lloyd, Auerbach, Heath, Altidore, Bedoya, and many many others in that next generation. Our Senior NT and U20 Head Coaches both went to the same school a few miles from where Pele played and undoubtedly heard talk of Pele in the same conversations as Tom Seaver or Reggie Jackson or Joe Namath. Ramos was from an immigrant family, but I doubt Berhalter plays soccer without the Cosmos.