1978 New York Cosmos season

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New York Cosmos
1978 season
Manager Italy Eddie Firmani[1]
Stadium Giants Stadium
NASL Division: 1st
Overall: 1st
Playoffs: Champions
National
Challenge Cup
Did not enter
CONCACAF
Champions' Cup
Did not enter
Top goalscorer League: Italy Giorgio Chinaglia (34? goals)
All: Italy Giorgio Chinaglia (goals)
Highest home attendance 74,901
vs. TB (August 27)
Lowest home attendance 26,325
vs. BJR (September 9)
Average home league attendance 47,856[2]

The 1978 New York Cosmos season was the 8th season for the New York Cosmos in the now-defunct North American Soccer League. The double-winning club set records for most wins and points in an NASL season, thanks to their 24-6 regular-season mark (shared with the Vancouver Whitecaps) and 212 points, securing their second premiership on the way to their third championship. New York beat the Fort Lauderdale Strikers 7-0 on opening day[3] and never looked back, scoring 88 times while losing just three games in regulation. Giorgio Chinaglia scored 34 goals and 79 points, setting league records in the process. In Soccer Bowl '78, the Cosmos defeated the Tampa Bay Rowdies in front of 74,901 fans at Giants Stadium, still to this day a record for attendance at a North American championship soccer game.

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 Canada GK Jack Brand
1 Turkey GK Erol Yasin
2 United States DF Bobby Smith (soccer)
3 Brazil MF Nelsi Morais
4 United States DF Werner Roth
5 Brazil DF Carlos Alberto
6 Germany DF Franz Beckenbauer
7 England FW Dennis Tueart
8 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia MF Vladislav Bogićević
9 Italy FW Giorgio Chinaglia
11 England FW Steve Hunt
12 Portugal FW Seninho
14 England MF Terry Garbett
No. Position Player
15 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia MF Vito Dimitrijević
16 United States FW Tony Donlic
17 United States MF Rick Davis
18 United States FW Fred Grgurev
19 Canada DF Robert Iarusci
20 United States GK David Brcic
21 United States FW Gary Etherington
22 United States MF Jim Millinder
23 Italy DF Giuseppe Wilson
24 Canada DF Garry Ayre
25 United States DF Santiago Formoso
26 United States FW Ron Atanasio
27 United States FW Joe Filian

Source:[4]

Results[edit]

Source:[5]

Friendlies[edit]

Preseason[edit]

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).

National Eastern Division Standings[edit]

Pos Club Pld W L GF GA GD Pts
1 Cosmos 30 24 6 88 39 +49 212
2 Washington Diplomats 30 16 14 55 47 +8 145
3 Toronto Metros-Croatia 30 16 14 58 47 +11 144
4 Rochester Lancers 30 14 16 47 52 -5 131

Overall League Placing[edit]

Pos Club Pld W L GF GA GD Pts
1 Cosmos 30 24 6 88 39 +49 212
2 Vancouver Whitecaps 30 24 6 68 29 +39 199
3 Detroit Express 30 20 10 68 36 +32 176
4 Portland Timbers 30 20 10 50 36 +14 167
5 New England Tea Men 30 19 11 62 39 +23 165

Source:[6]

Matches[edit]

Postseason[edit]

Overview[edit]

Conference Quarterfinals Conference Semifinals Conference Championships Soccer Bowl '78
                       
A1 Detroit Express 1
A8 Philadelphia Fury 0
A1 Detroit Express 1
A7 Fort Lauderdale Strikers 2
A2 New England Tea Men 1
A7 Fort Lauderdale Strikers 3
A7 Fort Lauderdale Strikers 1
A4 Tampa Bay Rowdies 2
A3 San Diego Sockers 2
A6 California Surf 1
A3 San Diego Sockers 1
A4 Tampa Bay Rowdies 2
A4 Tampa Bay Rowdies 3
A5 Chicago Sting 1
A4 Tampa Bay Rowdies 1
N1 New York Cosmos 3
N1 New York Cosmos 5
N8 Seattle Sounders 2
N1 New York Cosmos 2
N3 Minnesota Kicks 1
N3 Minnesota Kicks 3
N6 Tulsa Roughnecks 1
N1 New York Cosmos 2
N4 Portland Timbers 0
N2 Vancouver Whitecaps 4
N7 Toronto Metros-Croatia 0
N2 Vancouver Whitecaps 0
N4 Portland Timbers 2
N4 Portland Timbers 2
N5 Washington Diplomats 1

Matches[edit]

References[edit]

See also[edit]