1976 New York Cosmos season

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New York Cosmos
1976 season
Manager England Ken Furphy
(Until June 28)
United States Gordon Bradley[1]
(After June 28)
Stadium Yankee Stadium
NASL Division: 2nd
Overall: 2nd
Playoffs: Conf. Semifinals
National
Challenge Cup
Did not enter
Top goalscorer League: Italy Giorgio Chinaglia (19 goals)
All: Italy Giorgio Chinaglia (23+ goals)
Highest home attendance 28,536
vs. CHI (May 2)
Lowest home attendance 6,917
vs. ROC (June 30)
Average home league attendance 18,227[2]

The 1976 New York Cosmos season was the 6th season for the New York Cosmos in the now-defunct North American Soccer League. In the Cosmos' sixth year of existence the club finished second only to the Tampa Bay Rowdies in both the five-team Eastern Division and the 20-team league. The Cosmos returned to the playoffs for the first time in two years, but were eliminated in the conference semifinals by the rival Rowdies. 1976 marked the first year for Giorgio Chinaglia with the club; Chinaglia would go on to become the all-time leading scorer in both Cosmos and NASL history.

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
1 United States GK Kurt Kuykendall
1 United States GK Shep Messing
1 United States GK Bob Rigby
2 United States DF Barry Mahy
3 Scotland DF Brian Rowan
4 United States DF Werner Roth
5 England DF Keith Eddy
6 Northern Ireland MF Dave Clements
7 England FW Tony Field
8 England MF Terry Garbett
9 Italy FW Giorgio Chinaglia
No. Position Player
9 England FW Tommy Ord
10 Brazil FW Pelé
11 United States FW Jorge Siega
12 United States DF Bobby Smith
14 Brazil MF Nelsi Morais
15 Peru MF Ramon Mifflin
16 United States FW Tony Donlic
17 Scotland DF Charlie Aitken
18 England FW Brian Tinnion
19 Scotland DF Charlie Mitchell
20 England DF Mike Dillon

Source:[3]

Results[edit]

Source:[4]

Friendlies[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
May 29, 1976 San Diego Jaws N/A N/A N/A N/A
June 3, 1976 Violette A.C. A 1-2 N/A N/A
June 16, 1976 Honduras H 4-1 N/A Tinion, Pelé, N/A
July 4, 1976 Italian Army H 1-3 N/A N/A
July 7, 1976 Puerto Rico H 4-1 N/A Tinnion, Eddy, Mifflin, N/A
September 1, 1976 Dallas Tornado N 2-2 14,000 Chinaglia (2)
September 5, 1976 Dallas Tornado N 2-1 N/A Roth, Mifflin
September 6, 1976 Dallas Tornado N 3-2 24,000 N/A
September 8, 1976 Canada A 1-1 14,826 Chinaglia
September 10, 1976 Canada A 3-1 14,366 Chinaglia
September 14, 1976 PSG A 3-1 20,000 N/A
September 16, 1976 Royal Antwerp A 3-1 25,000 Pelé
September 24, 1976 West Japan All-Stars A 0-0 N/A N/A
September 25, 1976 East Japan All-Stars A 2-2 N/A N/A

Preseason[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
March 21, 1976 San Diego Jaws A 1-1 N/A N/A
March 28, 1976 Dallas Tornado A 0-1 20,214 N/A
March 31, 1976 San Antonio Thunder A 1-0 20,000
April 4, 1976 Los Angeles Aztecs N 0-0 15,000
April 7, 1976 Honda F.C. N 5-0 N/A N/A
April 8, 1976 Honda F.C. N 5-0 21,705 N/A
April 9, 1976 Seattle Sounders A 1-2 58,125 Pelé, Clements
April 11, 1976 Los Angeles Aztecs A 0-1 29,232 Pelé

Regular Season[edit]

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

Eastern Division Standings[edit]

Pos Club Pld W L GF GA GD Pts
1 Tampa Bay Rowdies 24 18 6 58 30 +28 154
2 New York Cosmos 24 16 8 65 34 +31 148
3 Washington Diplomats 24 14 10 46 38 +8 126
4 Philadelphia Atoms 24 8 16 32 49 -17 80
5 Miami Toros 24 6 18 29 58 -29 63

Overall League Placing[edit]

Pos Club Pld W L GF GA GD Pts
1 Tampa Bay Rowdies 24 18 6 58 30 +28 154
2 New York Cosmos 24 16 8 65 34 +31 148
3 Minnesota Kicks 24 15 9 54 33 +21 138
4 Chicago Sting 24 15 9 52 32 +20 132
5 Washington Diplomats 24 14 10 46 38 +8 126

Source:[5]

Matches[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
April 18, 1976 Miami Toros A 0-1 9,457 Clements
May 2, 1976 Chicago Sting H 1-2 28,536 Pelé
May 5, 1976 Connecticut Bicentennials H 3-1 8,439 Pelé, Tinnion, Eddy
May 8, 1976 Philadelphia Atoms H 1-2 14,287 Pelé
May 15, 1976 Connecticut Bicentennials A 0-3 8,933 Field (2), Tinnion
May 17, 1976 Los Angeles Aztecs H 6-0 24,292 Eddy (2), Chinaglia (2), Pelé (2)
May 19, 1976 Boston Minutemen A 1-2 7,367 Chinaglia (2)
June 6, 1976 Tampa Bay Rowdies A 5-1 42,611 Field
June 9, 1976 Minnesota Kicks A 1-2 46,164 Chinaglia, Field
June 12, 1976 Portland Timbers A 0-3 32,247 Chinaglia (2), Eddy
June 16, 1976 Boston Minutemen H 2-2 (SOL) 15,101 N/A
June 18, 1976 Toronto Metros-Croatia H 3-0 18,612 Tinion, Chinaglia, Clements
June 23, 1976 Chicago Sting A 4-1 28,000 Tinnion
June 27, 1976 Washington Diplomats A 3-2 11,004 Tinnion, Pelé
June 30, 1976 Rochester Lancers H 2-0 6,917 Field (2)
July 2, 1976 St. Louis Stars H 3-1 10,123 Mifflin (2), Eddy
July 7, 1976 Toronto Metros-Croatia A 0-3 12,123 N/A
July 10, 1976 Philadelphia Atoms A 1-2 25,311 Pelé, Garbett
July 14, 1976 Tampa Bay Rowdies H 5-4 27,892 Eddy, Mifflin, Field, Pelé (2)
July 18, 1976 Washington Diplomats H 5-0 27,398 Mifflin, Chinaglia (2), Pelé, Tinnion
July 23, 1976 Rochester Lancers A 2-1 5,728 Chinaglia
July 28, 1976 Dallas Tornado H 4-0 19,119 Chinaglia (3), Mifflin
August 7, 1976 San Jose Earthquakes A 2-1 23,048 Eddy
August 10, 1976 Miami Toros H 8-2 18,103 Dillon, Chinaglia (5), Pelé (2)

Postseason[edit]

Overview[edit]

First Round[edit]
August 17 Washington Diplomats 0 – 2 New York Cosmos New York, Shea Stadium

August 18 Los Angeles Aztecs 0 – 2 Dallas Tornado Irving, Texas Stadium

August 18 Vancouver Whitecaps 0 – 1 Seattle Sounders Seattle, Kingdome

August 18 Rochester Lancers 1 – 2 Toronto Metros-Croatia Toronto, Varsity Stadium
Conference Semifinals[edit]
August 20 Toronto Metros-Croatia 3 – 2 Chicago Sting Chicago, Soldier Field

August 20 New York Cosmos 1 – 3 Tampa Bay Rowdies Tampa, Tampa Stadium

August 20 Dallas Tornado 0 – 2 San Jose Earthquakes San Jose, Spartan Stadium

August 21 Seattle Sounders 0 – 3 Minnesota Kicks Bloomington (MN), Metropolitan Stadium
Conference Championships[edit]
August 24 Toronto Metros-Croatia 2 – 0 Tampa Bay Rowdies Tampa, Tampa Stadium

August 25 San Jose Earthquakes 1 – 3 Minnesota Kicks Bloomington (MN), Metropolitan Stadium
Soccer Bowl '76[edit]
August 28 Toronto Metros-Croatia 2 – 0 Minnesota Kicks Seattle, Kingdome

Matches[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
August 17, 1976 Washington Diplomats H 2-0 22,698 Garbett, Pelé
August 20, 1976 Tampa Bay Rowdies A 3-1 36,863 Pelé

References[edit]

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