1979 New York Cosmos season

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New York Cosmos
1979 season
Manager Italy Eddie Firmani[1] (Start of season)
United States Ray Klivecka[2] (Caretaker)
Brazil Júlio Mazzei[3] (After Klivecka)
Stadium Giants Stadium
NASL Division: 1st
Overall: 1st
Playoffs: Conference Final
National
Challenge Cup
Did not enter
CONCACAF
Champions' Cup
Did not enter
Top goalscorer League: ( goals)
All: ( goals)
Highest home attendance 76,031
vs. TUL (August 26)
Lowest home attendance 30,195
vs. COV (May 16)
Average home league attendance 46,690[4]

The 1979 New York Cosmos season was the 9th season for the New York Cosmos in the now-defunct North American Soccer League. 1979 saw the club continue their premiership streak to three seasons with the league's highest point total, and match their wins record while achieving a record point total, but the Cosmos' quest for a third straight NASL championship ended with a loss in the conference finals to the Vancouver Whitecaps.

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 Iran DF Andranik Eskandarian
3 Brazil DF Francisco Marinho
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 Portugal FW Seninho
12 Germany DF Greg Ryan
12 United States DF Bobby Smith
13 Netherlands MF Johan Neeskens
14 England MF Terry Garbett
15 Netherlands DF Wim Rijsbergen
No. Position Player
16 Argentina MF Toni Carbognani
17 United States MF Rick Davis
18 United States MF Boris Bandov
19 Germany GK Hubert Birkenmeier
20 United States GK David Brcic
21 United States FW Gary Etherington
22 United States DF Kevin Eagan
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
28 Ghana FW Abdul Razak
29 United States FW Mark Liveric
30 England FW Godfrey Ingram
31 Brazil MF Nelsi Morais

Source:[5]

Results[edit]

Source:[6]

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 New York Cosmos 30 24 6 84 52 +32 216
2 Washington Diplomats 30 19 11 68 50 +18 172
3 Toronto Blizzard 30 14 16 52 65 -13 133
4 Rochester Lancers 30 15 15 43 57 -14 132

Overall League Placing[edit]

Pos Club Pld W L GF GA GD Pts
1 New York Cosmos 30 24 6 84 52 +32 216
2 Houston Hurricane 30 22 8 61 46 +15 187
3 Minnesota Kicks 30 21 9 67 48 +19 184
4 Vancouver Whitecaps 30 20 10 54 34 +20 172
5 Washington Diplomats 30 19 11 68 50 +18 172

Source:[7]

Matches[edit]

Postseason[edit]

Overview[edit]

First round[edit]
Game 1 Game 2 Mini-game
Philadelphia Fury - Houston Hurricane 2 - 1 2 - 1 August 14, 20
Detroit Express - Tampa Bay Rowdies 0 - 3 1 - 3 August 15, 19
Chicago Sting - Fort Lauderdale Strikers 2 - 0 0 - 0 August 15, 18
San Diego Sockers - California Surf 4 - 2 7 - 2 August 15, 18
Tulsa Roughnecks - Minnesota Kicks 2 - 1 (ot) 2 - 1 (ot) August 15, 19
Dallas Tornado - Vancouver Whitecaps 2 - 3 1 - 2 August 15, 18
Los Angeles Aztecs - Washington Diplomats 3 - 1 4 - 3 August 15, 19
Toronto Blizzard - New York Cosmos 1 - 3 0 - 2 August 16, 20
Conference Semifinals[edit]
Game 1 Game 2 Mini-game
San Diego Sockers - Chicago Sting 2 - 0 1 - 0 August 22, 25
Los Angeles Aztecs - Vancouver Whitecaps 3 - 2 0 - 1 (so) 0 - 1 August 22, 25
Philadelphia Fury - Tampa Bay Rowdies 2 - 3 (so) 0 - 1 August 23, 25
Tulsa Roughnecks - New York Cosmos 3 - 0 0 - 3 1 - 3 August 23, 26
Conference Championships[edit]
Game 1 Game 2 Mini-game
Vancouver Whitecaps - New York Cosmos 2 - 0 2 - 3 (so) 1 - 0 (so) August 29, September 1
San Diego Sockers - Tampa Bay Rowdies 2 - 1 2 - 3 (so) 0 - 1 August 30, September 2
Soccer Bowl '79[edit]
September 8
2 pm EDT
Vancouver Whitecaps 2–1 Tampa Bay Rowdies
Whymark Goal 13'
Whymark (Ball) Goal 60'
Van der Veen (Anderson) Goal 23'
Giants Stadium, East Rutherford
Attendance: 50,699
Referee: Gino D'Ippolito (USA)[8][9]

Matches[edit]

References[edit]

See also[edit]