1971 New York Cosmos season

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New York Cosmos
1971 season
Manager United States Gordon Bradley[1]
Stadium Yankee Stadium
NASL Division: 2nd
Overall: 4th
Playoffs: Semifinals
National
Challenge Cup
Did not enter
Top goalscorer League:
Bermuda Randy Horton (15 goals)
All:
Bermuda Randy Horton (16 goals)
Highest home attendance 19,437
vs. ROC (Aug 2)
Lowest home attendance 1,897
vs. STL (Jun 16)
Average home league attendance 4,517[2]

The 1971 New York Cosmos season was the inaugural season for the New York Cosmos, an expansion team in the now-defunct North American Soccer League. In the Cosmos' first year of existence, the club finished 2nd in the Northern Division and 4th in the overall league table. In the playoffs, the Cosmos were eliminated by the Atlanta Chiefs in the first two games of the best-of-three semifinals.

Squad[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
0 GK Maurizio Minieri
1 Poland GK Conrad Kornek
2 United States DF Barry Mahy
3 United States DF Charlie McCully
4 Canada DF Frank Donlavey
5 Scotland DF John Young
5 Greece MF Theodore Hasekidis
6 Germany MF Horst Meyer
7 Ecuador FW Jaime Delgado
8 England MF Alan O'Neill
8 Turkey FW Ceyhan Yazar
9 United States FW Andy Mate
11 United States FW Jorge Siega
No. Position Player
12 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia FW Radi Mitrovic
15 United States MF Siegfried Stritzl
16 Bermuda FW Randy Horton
17 Ghana FW Wilberforce Mfum
18 Jamaica DF Rudolph Pearce
19 Greece MF Kyriakos Fitilis
19 Poland DF Karol Kapcinski
20 Trinidad and Tobago DF Jan Steadman
21 Ghana GK Emmanuel Kofie
24 United States DF Gordon Bradley
Haiti DF Delices Chardin
Scotland FW Ernie Hannigan

Source:[3]

Results[edit]

Source:[4]

Friendlies[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
May 21, 1971 Hearts H 2-4 2,189 Yazar (2)
May 26, 1971 Vicenza Calcio H 3-5 4,100 Mitrovic, Mahy, McCully
July 13, 1971 Apollon Limassol H 1-1 4,763 Siega
Aug 20, 1971 Bangu H 1-6 2,741 Horton

Regular Season[edit]

Pld = Games Played, W = Wins, L = Losses, D = Draws, GF = Goals For, GA = Goals Against, Pts = Points
6 points for a win, 3 points for a draw, 0 points for a loss, 1 point for each goal scored (up to three per game).

Northern Division Standings[edit]

Pos Club Pld W L D GF GA GD Pts
1 Rochester Lancers 24 13 5 6 48 31 +17 141
2 New York Cosmos 24 9 10 5 51 55 -4 117
3 Toronto Metros 24 5 10 9 32 47 -15 89
4 Montreal Olympique 24 4 15 5 29 59 -30 65

Overall League Placing[edit]

Pos Club Pld W L D GF GA GD Pts
2 Atlanta Chiefs 24 12 7 5 35 29 +6 120
3 Dallas Tornado 24 10 6 8 38 24 +14 119
4 New York Cosmos 24 9 10 5 51 55 -4 117
5 Washington Darts 24 8 6 10 36 34 +2 111
6 Toronto Metros 24 5 10 9 32 47 -15 89

Source:[5]

Matches[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
April 17, 1971 St. Louis Stars A 1-2 3,701 Mfum, Horton
May 5, 1971 Washington Darts H 1-0 3,746 Stritzl
May 16, 1971 Toronto Metros A 2-2 6,751 Stritzl, Siega
May 23, 1971 Montreal Olympique H 2-3 2,093 McCully, Siega
May 30, 1971 Rochester Lancers A 2-2 5,343 Horton (2)
June 5, 1971 Dallas Tornado A 2-0 5,476
June 9, 1971 Rochester Lancers H 4-2 2,017 Mfum (3), Horton
June 16, 1971 St. Louis Stars H 4-1 1,897 Siega, Horton, McCully, Mfum
June 20, 1971 Dallas Tornado H 3-1 9,000 McCully, Horton, Stritzl
June 23, 1971 Montreal Olympique A 3-1 1,645 Horton
June 27, 1971 Washington Darts A 3-1 3,400 Mitrovic
July 3, 1971 Atlanta Chiefs A 1-3 3,627 Horton (2), Siega
July 10, 1971 Rochester Lancers A 3-2 4,321 Siega, McCully
July 25, 1971 Toronto Metros H 2-2 2,132 Horton (2)
August 2, 1971 Rochester Lancers H 3-2 19,437 McCully, Mahy, Mfum
August 7, 1971 Toronto Metros A 2-1 4,896 Horton
August 14, 1971 Montreal Olympique A 5-4 2,387 Horton (3), Siega
August 22, 1971 Toronto Metros H 2-0 N/A Siega (2)
August 25, 1971 Montreal Olympique H 3-3 1,914 Mate (2), Mitrovic
August 29, 1971 Atlanta Chiefs H 2-1 2,714 Mitrovic, O'Neill

Postseason[edit]

Overview[edit]

Semi-finals[edit]
Game 1 Game 2 Game 3
Rochester Lancers - Dallas Tornado 2 - 1 1 - 3 1 - 2 September 1, 4, 8
Atlanta Chiefs - New York Cosmos 1 - 0 2 - 0 September 2, 5
Final[edit]
Game 1 Game 2 Game 3
Atlanta Chiefs - Dallas Tornado 2 - 1 1 - 4 0 - 2 September 12, 15, 19

Matches[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
September 2, 1971 Atlanta Chiefs A 1-0 3,800
September 5, 1971 Atlanta Chiefs H 0-2 N/A

References[edit]

See also[edit]