List of New York Cosmos (1971–1985) all-stars

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Pelé, pictured in 1960, played for the New York Cosmos from 1975 to 1977. He was named the North American Soccer League's Most Valuable Player in 1976, and appeared in the league's all-star team in each of his three seasons there.

The New York Cosmos were an American soccer club based in New York. Originally founded in 1971 by brothers Ahmet and Nesuhi Ertegun, with the support of Warner Brothers president Steve Ross, the Cosmos joined the North American Soccer League (NASL), which was in its fourth season. Backed by the financial resources of Warner Communications, the Cosmos became the league's "marquee club",[1] winning five championships and drawing unprecedented crowds for American club soccer.[2] The side's commercial and on-field success declined during the early 1980s, along with the NASL itself, and it ceased operations in 1985, a year after the league folded.[3] A new Cosmos team, formed in 2010,[4] is scheduled to begin play in the new second-tier North American Soccer League (contested since 2011) during the 2013 season.[5][6]

The NASL all-star teams selected by the league at the end of each season included a total of 18 Cosmos players.[A][7] These include numerous well-known players from outside the United States, signed from European or South American clubs.[4] Examples of these are erstwhile West Germany captain Franz Beckenbauer and the former Brazilian international players Pelé and Carlos Alberto; there were many others.[3] Among the American players representing the Cosmos were two Yugoslavian-born players: US international defender Werner Roth and Siegfried Stritzl, a midfielder. Scottish-born Canadian international John Kerr also turned out for New York during the early 1970s. Former Italy forward Giorgio Chinaglia holds many of the side's records pertaining to individual performance, appearing in the most matches, scoring the most goals and points,[8] and sharing the record for most all-star appearances (six) with Vladislav Bogićević, a member of the Yugoslavia national team before his time with the Cosmos.

Each Cosmos player named to a NASL all-star team is named below, along with his regular season and play-off statistics. The nationality given for each player is based on the national team represented, or his birthplace if he is uncapped. No NASL all-star from the Cosmos was born in the United States or Canada. During the club's 14 NASL seasons, the league's Most Valuable Player (MVP) award was won by a Cosmos player on five occasions, which are also detailed below.

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NASL all-stars[edit]

A black-and-white photograph of a man of African-Caribbean descent, wearing soccer attire, in the motion of turning to his left with his eyes on the ball.
Randy Horton in 1972
Name Country Position Cosmos
career
A G P A G P A G P NASL all-star
appearances
NASL
MVP
Notes
(Regular season) (Play-offs) (Total)
Stritzl, SiegfriedSiegfried Stritzl  United States MF 1971–73 18 2 8 4 0 0 22 2 8 1971
Horton, RandyRandy Horton  Bermuda FW 1971–74 88 51 125 5 1 2 93 52 127 1971, 1972 1972 [9]
Kerr, JohnJohn Kerr  Canada MF 1972–75 52 5 15 2 1 2 54 6 17 1972
Roth, WernerWerner Roth  United States DF 1972–79 125 2 10 17 0 2 142 2 12 1975 [10]
Pelé, Pelé  Brazil FW 1975–77 56 31 89 8 6 17 64 37 106 1975, 1976, 1977 1976 [9][10]
Eddy, KeithKeith Eddy  England DF 1976–77 30 9 20 1 0 0 31 9 20 1976
Mifflin, RamónRamón Mifflin  Peru MF 1975–78 44 7 20 5 0 1 49 7 21 1976
Chinaglia, GiorgioGiorgio Chinaglia  Italy FW 1976–85 213 193 467 41 49 111 254 242 578 1976, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982 1981 [9][11]
Beckenbauer, FranzFranz Beckenbauer  West Germany DF 1977–80
1983
105 19 85 27 4 14 142 23 99 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1983 1977 [9][11]
Yasin Özdenak  Turkey GK 1977–79 41 0 0 2 0 0 43 0 0 1978 [B]
Wilson, GiuseppeGiuseppe Wilson  Italy DF 1978–79 16 0 0 6 0 0 22 0 0 1978
Alberto, CarlosCarlos Alberto  Brazil DF 1977–80
1982
100 6 34 26 0 5 126 6 39 1978, 1979, 1980 [11]
Bogićević, VladislavVladislav Bogićević  Yugoslavia MF 1978–84 203 31 209 33 8 35 236 39 244 1978, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984 [11]
Rijsbergen, WimWim Rijsbergen  Netherlands DF 1979–83 86 2 18 16 1 5 102 3 23 1979, 1981 [10]
Neeskens, JohanJohan Neeskens  Netherlands MF 1979–84 94 17 62 13 3 8 107 20 70 1979, 1984 [12]
Eskandarian, AndranikAndranik Eskandarian  Iran MF 1979–85 142 0 21 22 0 4 164 0 25 1982, 1983, 1984 [11]
Cabañas, RobertoRoberto Cabañas  Paraguay FW 1980–84 86 60 151 13 3 14 99 63 165 1983 1983 [9][11]
Birkenmeier, HubertHubert Birkenmeier  West Germany GK 1979–85 145 0 0 23 0 0 168 0 0 1984 [11]

Footnotes[edit]

A. ^ Counting multiple all-star selections separately, these 18 players made 41 NASL all-star appearances.
B. ^ Yasin Özdenak played in the United States under the name Erol Yasin, and is generally referred to as such in NASL records.[13]

References[edit]

Bibliography
General
  • Player statistics sourced to: Jose (2003).
  • Background sourced to: Jose (2003), Newsham (2006) and Toye (2006).
Notes
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