Sunday, March 20, 2011

Nasl 1977 Tampa Bay Roadies Cosmos New York

Throughout his long and storied career, Pelé had been a champion; whether with Santos of Brazil or the Brazilian National Team, he had always hoisted the winners’ cup. In his one and a half seasons with the New York Cosmos, however, he had not come close to a championship. As the 1977 season approached, all eyes were on the Brazilian to see if, in the final year of his contract and his career, he could weave his patented magic one last time.
For all of Warner Brothers’ dollars, the Cosmos were a pretty mediocre club. As a result, the rest of the league had not yet taken to spending outrageous sums of money on fading stars in an attempt to imitate New York. Which is not to say that NASL owners were above copying successful formulas-in the wake of Toronto’s improbable 1976 championship, about a dozen new Yugoslavs dotted league rosters, including Vito Dimitrijevic and Yadranko Topic (New York) and Canadian National League sensation Milovan Bakic (Rochester).

Although the league was growing in popularity, some consolidation and retrenchment was in order. Boston and Philadelphia were placed into receivership by the league, and several franchises moved: San Antonio to Hawaii, San Diego to Las Vegas, Hartford to (New Haven) Connecticut, and Miami to Ft. Lauderdale. Further, in order to make a good impression and be competitive in their new environs, all of the transplanted clubs made substantial acquisitions. Team Hawaii hired the brilliant Hubert Vogelsinger as coach, and acquired star striker Brian Tinnion from the Cosmos. Las Vegas picked up the sparkplugs behind Toronto’s championship, bringing both Eusebio and Wolfgang Sunholtz to the gambling mecca. Connecticut acquired Portuguese international Jaime Garca to direct the midfield and again court the elusive Portuguese fan base in New England. Finally, Ft. Lauderdale hired 1976 ASL Coach of the Year Ron Newman, and signed the legendary Gordon Banks to play goal. The Strikers acquired Banks by default; probably the greatest goalkeeper in the world at the time of a 1973 auto accident that left him half-blind, he had not played since. Banks, who was also serving as an assistant coach, had previous American experience, having starred for Cleveland Stokers in the 1967 United Soccer Association.

Under the circumstances, Banks came pretty cheaply. Another bargain goalkeeper was Bill Glazier, who signed with St. Louis. Glazier was slated to be Banks’ backup in the 1966 World Cup until a broken leg had sidelined him. By the time the Stars signed him, he had been out of professional football for a year. Unlike Banks, however, Glazier would not have a very impressive comeback, not even making the club.
Other stars also moved around the league. Bob Rigby and Steve David were acquired by Los Angeles, and Vancouver snapped up 1976 North American Player of the Year Arnie Mausser to replace Phil Parkes, who suffered a hand injury during his English League season and would not be available to the ‘Caps. Also, Portland acquired top scorers Clyde Best and Stewart Scullion from Tampa Bay.

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  1. if somebody has informations about date, competition stage, etc, will be helpfull...

  2. Hi,dear friend.
    i has download this game,but i can know that:
    Does pele play in this match?

  3. Excellent info, any chance of a re-upload to another filesharing site please?