Thursday, February 17, 2011

Nasl 1979 Los Angeles Aztecs Seattle Sounders

It Cost the Los Angeles Aztecs 
$1.4 Million to Go Dutch 
with Johan Cruyff...

Johan Cruyff signed with the Aztecs for a reported $1.4 million over two years after turning down, so it was said, a $5 million offer from the New York Cosmos. "I wanted to try to build up soccer where it wasn't popular," he explains. "Besides, the weather is warmer in L.A." Because the Cosmos owned the rights to Cruyff, they demanded $600,000 to let the Aztecs sign him. Johan admits he has lost money on investments in Europe, but says it was love of the game that brought him back. He also plans to start a string of soccer camps in the U.S.




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The Aztecs are remembered for their mixed success and were sometimes compared to the New York Cosmos as the Cosmos of the West Coast. However, they did not draw nearly as well as the Cosmos, or even the Seattle Sounders, who were consistently the attendance leaders among the Western N.A.S.L. teams. They won the 1974 NASL Championship over the Miami Toros. In 1976, a fading George Best signed with the team and played from 1976 to 1978. In 1979 attendance peaked (with an average attendance of around 14,000) as Rinus Michels signed the Dutch superstar Johan Cruyff who went on to win the NASL Most Valuable Player Award in his one year with the Aztecs.








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  1. Thanks
    It's a surprising match.
    By the way, Do you have any match of Cruyff in Ajax or Feyenoord when he came back from USA between 1981 and 1984?

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