1972 New York Cosmos season

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New York Cosmos
1972 season
Manager United States Gordon Bradley[1]
Stadium Hofstra Stadium
NASL Division: 1st
Overall: 1st
Playoffs: Champions
National
Challenge Cup
Did not enter
Top goalscorer League:
Bermuda Randy Horton (9 goals)
All:
Bermuda Randy Horton (13 goals)
Highest home attendance 13,205
vs. DYN (August 30)
Lowest home attendance 1,200
vs. TOR (June 18)
Average home league attendance 4,282[2]

The 1972 New York Cosmos season was the 2nd season for the New York Cosmos in the now-defunct North American Soccer League. In the Cosmos' second year of existence, the club finished 1st in the Northern Division and 1st in the overall league table. In the playoffs, the Cosmos defeated the Dallas Tornado in the semifinal and the St. Louis Stars in the final, winning their first league championship and completing the first double by a club in the national era.

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 England GK Richard Blackmore
1 Ghana GK Emmanuel Kofie
2 United States DF Barry Mahy
3 United States DF Charlie McCully
4 United States DF Werner Roth
5 Germany DF Robert Neubauer
6 Canada MF John Kerr, Sr.
7 Brazil FW Cinesinho
8 Israel FW Roby Young
9 Spain FW Helenio Herrera
9 Paul LeSueur
No. Position Player
10 Czechoslovakia FW Josef Jelinek
11 United States FW Jorge Siega
14 United States MF Stan Startzell
15 United States MF Siegfried Stritzl
16 Bermuda FW Randy Horton
17 Ghana FW Wilberforce Mfum
19 Poland DF Karol Kapcinski
20 Trinidad and Tobago MF Everald Cummings
22 Poland MF Dieter Zajdel
24 United States DF Gordon Bradley

Source:[3]

Results[edit]

Source:[4]

Friendlies[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
July 31, 1972 Birmingham City H 0-3 N/A
August 16, 1972 Maccabi Tel Aviv H 5-2 5,126 Horton (3), Kerr, Stritzl
August 30, 1972 Dynamo Moscow H 1-2 13,205 Zajdel

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 New York Cosmos 14 7 3 4 28 16 +12 77
2 Rochester Lancers 14 6 5 3 20 22 -2 64
3 Montreal Olympique 14 4 5 5 19 20 -1 57
4 Toronto Metros 14 4 6 4 18 22 -4 53

Overall League Placing[edit]

Pos Club Pld W L D GF GA GD Pts
1 New York Cosmos 14 7 3 4 28 16 +12 77
2 St. Louis Stars 14 7 4 3 20 14 +6 69
3 Rochester Lancers 14 6 5 3 20 22 -2 64
4 Dallas Tornado 14 6 5 3 15 12 +3 60
5 Montreal Olympique 14 4 5 5 19 20 -1 57

Source:[5]

Matches[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
May 7, 1972 St. Louis Stars H 3-3 7,324 Young, Horton (2)
May 14, 1972 Rochester Lancers A 1-1 4,100 Stritzl
May 20, 1972 Miami Gatos H 6-1 1,302 Horton (2), Cummings (2), Jelinek, Siega
May 27, 1972 Atlanta Chiefs H 4-2 4,445 Kerr, Horton (2), Cummings
June 3, 1972 Dallas Tornado A 1-0 2,157
June 18, 1972 Toronto Metros H 2-1 1,200 Cummings, Siega
June 25, 1972 Atlanta Chiefs A 2-0 N/A
July 1, 1972 Montreal Olympique H 2-0 4,571 Kerr, Mfum
July 8, 1972 Miami Gatos A 0-2 1,438 Horton, Mfum
July 16, 1972 Montreal Olympique A 2-2 2,996 Mfum, Cummings
July 22, 1972 Dallas Tornado H 1-0 6,518 Mfum
July 29, 1972 St. Louis Stars A 1-0 4,385
August 6, 1972 Toronto Metros A 1-1 1,255 Horton
August 12, 1972 Rochester Lancers H 4-1 4,616 Mfum, Horton, Jelinek, Kerr

Postseason[edit]

Overview[edit]

Semi-finals[edit]
August 15 Rochester Lancers 0 – 2 St. Louis Stars St. Louis, Busch Memorial

August 19 Dallas Tornado 0 – 1 New York Cosmos New York, Hofstra Stadium
Final[edit]
August 26 St. Louis Stars 1 – 2 New York Cosmos New York, Hofstra Stadium

Matches[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
August 19, 1972 Dallas Tornado H 1-0 5,026 Kerr
August 26, 1972 St. Louis Stars H 2-1 6,102 Jelinek, Horton

References[edit]

See also[edit]