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 Cosmos 1977

COSMOS 1977 A SUMMER TO REMEMBER

Oct. 17, 1977
COSMOS WRAP UP SEASON
Eight months of activity
After eight months of activity, the Cosmos' season has come to an end. The team, champions of the North American Soccer League, wrapped
up their post-season tour last weekend against Flamengo in Rio de Janeiro, and though that game itself was a loss, the tour was both historic and successful.



COSMOS TIE CHINA
Chinaglia scores in 1-1 draw
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ---The New York Cosmos and the People’s Republic of China traded rapid-fire goals before settling for a 1-1 draw Saturday before a Giants Stadium crowd of 33,712.


Oct. 5, 1977
COSMOS ACQUIRE CARLOS ALBERTO
Defender purchased from Flamengo
The North American Soccer League champion Cosmos have acquired world-class defender Carlos Alberto, it was announced today by Cosmos Executive President Ahmet Ertegun.


Sept 27, 1977
ALL-STARS
Pele, Beckenbauer named to NASL First Team
NEW YORK—New York Cosmos teammates Pele and Franz Beckenbauer were named to the 1977 NASL All-Star Team.


Sept. 20 1977
KING KAISER
Players select Beckenbauer as NASL MVP


Sept. 14, 1977
HOSTING CHINA
Cosmos to face People's Republic team Oct. 8
The North American Soccer League champion Cosmos will play a representative team of the People's Republic of China in a specially arranged encounter at Giants Stadium on October 8. The announcement of the international exhibition contest was made jointly today by the Cosmos, the United States Soccer Federation and the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations.


August 27, 2977
FAIRY TALE ENDING
Cosmos give Pele a championship sendoff
PORTLAND, Ore.—The great Pele might not have scored in the New York Cosmos’ 2-1 Soccer Bowl win over the Seattle Sounders on Sunday, but it was his day all the same. After the final whistle blew and the trophy was presented, it was Pele that the new champions hoisted onto their shoulders and carried off to the cheers of a standing-room crowd of 41,270 at Civic Stadium.


August 25, 1977
SOCCER BOWL BOUND
Cosmos roll over Rochester, 4-1
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ—The New York Cosmos easily cleared their last hurdle before Soccer Bowl ’77, dominating the Rochester Lancers 4-1 Wednesday before 73,669 deliriously drenched fans at Giants Stadium.


August 22, 2007
ADVANTAGE, COSMOS
NY takes advantage of mistakes as Messing shines in semifinal win
Rochester, N.Y. -- The New York Cosmos took advantage of breakdowns in the Rochester Lancers defense to strike twice within a 3:30 span to register a 2-1 victory in the opening game of the two-match home-and-home playoff semifinals.


August 21, 1977
SOME SHIRT TALES
Pele will give you the shirt off his back
Rochester, N.Y. -- While the Rochester Lancers and the Cosmos planned strategy for the big game at Holleder Stadium Sunday, Lancers reserve defender Nelson Cupello explained his personal plan in the last Cosmos game: How to get the great Pele’s shirt.


August 21, 1977
DAVID VS. GOLIATH
Underdog Lancers vs. Cosmos for Soccer Bowl berth
Rochester, N.Y., -- Imagine a used-car dealer taking on General Motors and you'll have an idea of how the Rochester Lancers feel entering the biggest professional sporting event ever in this upstate New York city.


August 17, 1977
EPIC BATTLE
Cosmos oust Strikers in shootout
FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla.—Giorgio Chinaglia tied the score with 6:43 left in regulation, and goalkeeper Shep Messing made two shootout saves to help the New York Cosmos sweep the Ft. Lauderdale Strikers out of the NASL playoffs 3-2 Wednesday night at Lockhart Stadium.


August 14, 1977
RECORD-BREAKER
Cosmos blitz Strikers 8-3 in playoff opener
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ—A North American Soccer League record crowd of 77,691 packed Giants Stadium on Sunday to watch the New York Cosmos rout the Ft. Lauderdale Strikers 8-2 in the opening game of the Eastern Division championship series.


Augist 10, 1977
ONE DOWN…
Cosmos oust Rowdies from playoffs, 3-0
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ—A rain-dampened crowd of 57,828 got their money’s worth Wednesday night at Giants Stadium. Pele scored two goals and Steve Hunt collected three assists as the New York Cosmos booted the Tampa Bay Rowdies out of the NASL playoffs by a 3-0 score.


August 6, 1977
FOCUSED ON THE PLAYOFFS
Cosmos rest key players, lose to Diplomats
WASHINGTON, DC—The New York Cosmos knew before they ever took the field Saturday night that they had clinched homefield advantage in their first-round playoff knockout match against Tampa Bay, so coach Eddie Firmani opted to rest regular starters Franz Beckenbauer, Giorgio Chinaglia and Shep Messing for the regular-season finale against the Washington Diplomats. The result was a meaningless 2-1 loss before 31,283 at RFK Stadium.


August 2, 1977
RAFAEL de la SIERRA
Named Exec.V.P. of Cosmos
Rafael de la Sierra has been named Executive Vice President of the Cosmos, it was announced today by Nesuhi Ertegun, Chairman of the Board of the North American Soccer League Club.


July 31, 1977
CLOSING IN
Cosmos win, need 1 goal for home playoff date
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ—The New York Cosmos closed out the home part of their regular season on Sunday with a workmanlike 3-1 win over the 6-18 Connecticut Bicentennials in front of 46,389 at Giants Stadium.


July 27, 1977
SILENCING THE BOO BIRDS
Chinaglia scores three in 8-2 romp over Dips
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ—The same 34,189 fans who booed Giorgio Chinaglia during pregame introductions on Wednesday night were cheering themselves hoarse after the erratic Italian striker racked up a hat trick and one assist in the New York Cosmos’ 8-2 rout of the Washington Diplomats at Giants Stadium.



GONE AND SOON FORGOTTEN
Clive Toye on the Summer of 77
Here we are in 1977 and Giants Stadium is the mecca of US soccer, right? Cosmos Country. Carly Simon singing Nobody Does It Better as the glittering dust rains down from the upper level. Venue for the 1994 World Cup. Well, Sonny Werblin must have had such a vision when he oversaw the construction of the facility and insisted it was built wide enough for soccer, instead of narrow like traditional American football fields.


July 20, 1977
MONEY ISN’T EVERYTHING
Pele turns down $10M Cosmos contract extension
The New York Cosmos want Pele back, bad enough to offer the Brazilian superstar the biggest contract in the history of professional sports -- $10 million over the next two seasons. But, as he told reporters in his native country, Pele feels that he has accomplished his goal of bringing soccer into the American mainstream, and is ready to move on.


 
 
 
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