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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.


July 17, 1977
NO SWEAT
Cosmos ax Timbers at sweltering Giants Stadium
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ—The only thing hotter than the Astroturf at Giants Stadium tonight was the New York Cosmos, who snapped a three-game losing skid by blanking the struggling Portland Timbers 2-0. A crowd of 41,205 braved evening temperatures that topped 92 in the stands and 112 degrees on the field.


July 15, 1977
SHUT DOWN
Lancers hold Cosmos in shootout
Rochester, N.Y. -- The Cosmos were shut down twice in one night, by the Rochester Lancers of all teams.


July 14, 1977
GUARDING PELE
Security important for Cosmos star


July 14, 1977
BLACKED OUT
Cosmos finally see the light in Rochester
Rochester, N.Y. - Who says Rochester doesn’t offer anything to the world?

It has electricity and hot and cold running water. In fact, it seemed like the Garden of Eden to a pair of Cosmos superstars yesterday.

Because of the power blackout in New York City, soccer greats Pele and Franz Beckenbauer had their troubles finding their way to Rochester.


July 14, 1997
CARLOS ALBERTO SIGNS
Former Brazil Captain joins Cosmos
The New York Cosmos have signed former Brazil World Cup captain Carlos Alberto. He was acquired from Flamengo, and will join the team this week for its game in Rochester.


July 12, 1977
DOWN TO THE WIRE
Cosmos continue fight for Divisional title
With the playoff picture still scrambled in the North American Soccer League's Eastern Division, the Cosmos continue their quest for the title and its playoff advantages this week.

Under newly-named head coach Eddie Firmani, the Cosmos move into their final five regular season games this weekend with a pair of inter-divisional matches.


July 11, 1977
ROADKILL
Sounders shut out Cosmos, 1-0
Jocky Scott, a top scorer from Scotland's first division, led the Seattle Sounders to a 1-0 win over the Cosmos in a nationally televised game yesterday in Seattle's Kingdome.


July 7, 1977
FIRMANI NAMED COACH OF COSMOS
Bradley remains as Team VP
Edwin (Eddie) Firmani, former coach of the Tampa Bay Rowdies, has been named head coach of the Cosmos, effective immediately.

Firmani succeeds Gordon Bradley, a Vice President of the Cosmos, who was the first coach the team had when it was founded in 1971.


July 6, 1977
FIELD DAY
Field, Hunt lead Cosmos past Quakes, 3-0
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ—The New York Cosmos shook off a raft of high-profile injuries to shut out the San Jose Earthquakes 3-0 Wednesday before a rain-soaked Giants Stadium crowd of 31,875.


July 5, 1977
COSMOS MEET SAN JOSE AT HOME
Travel to Seattle for TV Game
The Cosmos, in first place in the Eastern Division of the North American Soccer League, continue their "one home, one away" schedule this
week with two important inter-conference games.


June 30, 2007
JUNE SWOON
Cosmos fall to Whitecaps, 5-3
VANCOUVER, BC—The New York Cosmos closed out the month of June on a losing note, surrendering three goals in the first 17 minutes on the way to a 5-3 loss to the Vancouver Whitecaps Thursday at Empire Stadium. The sellout crowd of 30,277 was the largest ever to see a soccer game in Canada.


June 28, 1977
EXECUTIVE DECISION
Ahmet Ertegun named Cosmos President
Nesuhi Ertegun, chairman of the board of the Cosmos, announced today that Ahmet Ertegun had been named president of the club. Ahmet Ertegun is chairman of Atlantic Records, a firm that he founded and built to major status within the recording industry and which has become an important part of Warner Communications Inc.


June 27, 1977
COSMOS HEAD WEST
Games on tap in Vancouver and Los Angeles
The first-place Cosmos head for their longest road trip since the opening of the season this week, with games in Vancouver and Los Angeles.


June 26, 1977
PERFECTLY PELE
Brazilian star has 3 goals, assist in win over LA
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ—The LA Aztecs might have brought the NASL’s best record (10-4, 91) and leading scorer (Steve David) to Giants Stadium on Sunday, but they were no match for the New York Cosmos and Pele. A boisterous crowd of 57,191 watched the Brazilian legend notch his third hat trick of the season to lead the Cosmos to a 5-2 win over the NASL’s Southern Division leaders.


June 23, 1977
SEEING STARS
Mistakes cost Cosmos in 2-0 loss
ST. LOUIS—A pair of early defensive errors and hot goalkeeping from Englishman John Jackson sent the New York Cosmos to their first loss in six games, 2-0 to the St. Louis Stars Thursday in front of a record crowd of 32,605 at Busch Stadium.


June 22, 1977
COSMOS TAKE WIN STREAK ON THE ROAD,
Return home for weekend showdown vs Aztecs
With a five-game win streak and a firm hold on first place in their division, the Cosmos head into a week that will entail a mixture of revenge and glamour.

Thursday night the Cosmos will be in St. Louis for a rematch with the Stars, who are presently in first place in their division. The game will be televised live to the metropolitan area over WPIX-TV,Channel 11 at 8 p.m. with Jim Karvellas and Howard David as the announcers.


June 19, 1977
COSMOS WIN ON 3 PELE GOALS
Record crowd of 62,394
The Cosmos had a perfect day yesterday: 62,394 people showed up to see Pele score three goals as the Cosmos defeated the Tampa Bay Rowdies, 3•1.


June 19, 1977
COSMOS MAY PROVE U.S. LOVES SOCCER
Record crowd in reach
Forty thousand spectators at a soccer game?Impossible you say. Well, don't be too surprised if tomorrow you read that the Cosmos drew that much for today's game with the .Tampa Bay Rowdies. Of course, a lot depends on the weather, but from all indicators it would appear that the Cosmos are going to break some attendance records today.


June 16, 2007
COSMOS FACE TORONTO ON THE ROAD
Host Tampa Bay in home showdown
A week of drama and entertainment is on tap for the Cosmos as the team takes on two of its tougher rivals. Thursday night (June 16) the first-place Cosmos will be in Toronto for a rematch with the defending NASL champions and then on Sunday, Giants Stadium will be the scene for a revenge battle with Tampa Bay.


June 13, 1977
CLIVE TOYE RESIGNS
as Cosmos President
The Cosmos announced today that Clive Toye has resigned as President and signed a new long-term contract as special consultant to the club.


June 12, 1977
SHOOTOUT VICTORY
Cosmos break tie 2-1 in action with Kicks
The Cosmos, playing before a record home crowd of 36,316, won their first tiebreaker in two years, 2-1 against the Minnesota Kicks on Sunday


June 8, 1977
THE STARS COME OUT
Pele, Chinaglia, Beckenbauer score in win over Strikers


June 5, 1977
BACK IN THE HUNT
Stevie’s hat trick powers Cosmos past Metros
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ—The New York Cosmos needed a win over the defending champion Toronto Metros on Sunday. And rookie forward Steve Hunt helped them get it, scoring three times in a 6-0 romp before the largest crowd in Cosmos history, 31,208 at Giants Stadium.


June 1, 1977
MEASURE OF REVENGE
Lazio defeat Cosmos 3-2
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ—Lazio of Italy got their revenge on former teammate Giorgio Chinaglia and the rest of the New York Cosmos on Wednesday, rallying for a 3-2 win before a Giants Stadium crowd of 25,803.


May 29, 1977
FLORIDA FLAMEOUT
Cosmos fall to Rowdies, 4-2
TAMPA, Fla.—Second-half goals from Tony Field and West German World Cup captain Franz Beckenbauer were not enough to help the New York Cosmos avoid a disheartening 4-2 loss to the Tampa Bay Rowdies in front of a record crowd of 45, 288 on a muggy Sunday afternoon at Tampa Stadium.


May 27, 1977
COSMOS VISIT TAMPA
Crucial TV Game
An international event, an appearance on national television, and a battle for first place are ingredients which make the Cosmos’ upcoming game at Tampa an important sporting event.


 
 
 
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