NASL Legends: Archie Roboostoff, Dave Dufty and Mani Hernandez NASL Memories: Gerd Müller was nicknamed "Der Bomber" for his powerful shot and clinical finishing that helped West Germany win the 1974 FIFA World Cup and led both Bayern Munich and the Fort Lauderdale Strikers to club success. Born on 3 November 1945, Müller was a stocky, speedy striker who scored 68 international goals - and had his own line of Adidas boots - and captured 4 Bundesliga titles, 3 European Cups and 1 Cup Winners' Cup with Bayern Munich. He transferred to the Fort Lauderdale Strikers in 1979 and scored 38 goals in 3 NASL seasons, earning all-NASL honors in 1979 and helping the Strikers reach the Soccer Bowl '80 final. Sadly, Müller died earlier this year after a long battle with dementia at the age of 75. Happy 76th birthday to Billy Semple (number 16), the Scottish forward who played with major clubs like Glasgow Rangers (1967-71) and Dundee (1972-74) and spent the 1976 NASL season with the San Antonio Thunder, contributing 4 assists in 21 games. Happy 62nd birthday to defender Barney Boyce, the St. Louis native who was playing overseas in Yugoslavia when the Washington Diplomats signed him in 1980 at the age of 18, leading to a 5-year pro career that included 44 NASL games with the Dips (1980), Montreal Manic (1981), and San Jose / Golden Bay Earthquakes (1982-84), along with 2 MISL stints with the Kansas City Comets (1981-82) and the Earthquakes (1982-83). NASL Head Shots: San Jose Earthquakes, 1977 Happy 66th birthday to Mike Connell, the lanky South African defender who spent his entire NASL career with the Tampa Bay Rowdies (1975, 1977-84), becoming a Fannie favorite while making 252 appearances -- 3rd-most in NASL history -- and earning the nickname "Iron Mike" by playing in an NASL-record 179 consecutive games while helping the Rowdies win Soccer Bowl '75 and reach the Soccer Bowl final in 1978 and 1979, winning the 1980 NASL Indoor title and the 1983 NASL Grand Prix of Soccer championship, earning 3 all-NASL selections and serving as captain of the Rowdies from 1981-84. NASL Dateline: On 1 November 1983, the Chicago Sting re-signed coach Willy Roy to a 1-year contract. Happy 72nd birthday to Bruce Hudson (number 4), the All-American forward who led Saint Louis University to 2 NCAA titles and represented the U.S. in the 1975 Pan American Games, then signed with the hometown St. Louis Stars in 1976 and played in 22 NASL games. Happy 72nd birthday to Ian "Chico" Hamilton (number 15), the English midfielder whose debut goal for Chelsea at 16 years of age in 1966 made him the youngest-ever scorer at Stamford Bridge and led to a 7-year run at Aston Villa (1969-76) that included 2 League Cup finals, who then signed with the Minnesota Kicks in 1978 and contributed 22 goals in 101 games over 4 seasons that included 2 division titles and a run to the semifinals in the 1978 NASL Playoffs, and culminated with the 1982 NASL season with the San Jose Earthquakes. Happy 66th birthday to Thomas Rongen (number 3), the Dutch midfielder who jumped to the NASL as a 22-year old in 1979 as part of Rinus Michels' "Orange Wave" makeover of the Los Angeles Aztecs, then built a 6-year career that comprised 10 goals and 138 appearances with Los Angeles (1979), the Washington Diplomats (1980) and Fort Lauderdale / Minnesota Strikers (1981-84), followed by a 2-year MISL swing (Minnesota Strikers and Chicago Sting) and a coaching career that hit the heights with the Tampa Bay Mutiny (1996 MLS Coach of the Year), D.C. United (1999 MLS Cup) and national team stints with the U.S. (Men's and Women's U-20 teams) and American Samoa, the latter of which is featured in the critically acclaimed 2014 documentary, "Next Goal Wins," and the upcoming 2023 feature film of the same name.