NASL Final 1972

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NASL Final 1972
Event NASL Final
Date August 26, 1972 (1972-08-26)
Venue Hofstra Stadium, Hempstead, New York
Referee Roger Schott
Attendance 6,102
1971
1973

NASL Final 1972 was the North American Soccer League's postseason championship game of the 1972 season. The event was contested in a single-game match between the New York Cosmos and the St. Louis Stars. The match was held on August 26, 1972 at Hofstra Stadium, in Hempstead, New York. The New York Cosmos were victorious by a score of 2–1 and were crowned the 1972 NASL champions.[1][2]

Background[edit]

The St. Louis Stars qualified for the playoffs by virtue of winning the Southern Division with 69 points. This guaranteed them at least one home playoff game. They defeated the 1970 champion and 1971 premiers, the Rochester Lancers, 2–0 in a semifinal game played on August 15, 1972 to advance to the finals.

The New York Cosmos qualified for the playoffs by virtue of winning the Northern Division with 77 points. They also had the highest point-total in the NASL, and therefore were guaranteed home field throughout the playoffs. They defeated the defending champion Dallas Tornado, 1–0 in a semifinal game played on August 19, 1972 to advance to the finals.

Game Summary[edit]

The Cosmos took an early lead after league MVP Randy Horton headed winger Roby Young's corner kick off the crossbar and in at 4:23. The lead would be brief though, as Casey Frankiewicz, the Stars' player/coach, tied the game after seven minutes. Frankiewicz's goal was the source of some controversy as referee Roger Schott initially ruled the play offside. Multiple Stars players appealed to linesman Bill Maxwell who ruled the play good. Schott subsequently reversed his decision and allowed the goal to stand.[3]

Late in the rain-soaked game[4] with New York applying pressure, Cosmos' midfielder Johnny Kerr was fouled in the penalty area by St. Louis defender Gary Rensing. Schott promptly awarded New York a penalty, which Josef Jelínek buried at 4:19 from time. Two minutes later with tempers flaring, as St. Louis pressed for the equalizer, Cosmos defender Werner Roth was sent off, leaving New York a man short for the final two minutes of the match. In a furious push at the end, forward Willy Roy found the net for St. Louis with only thirteen second remaining. Like before, Roger Schott again ruled the Stars offside. But unlike the previous occasion, the Stars' appeals to both the referee and linesman fell on deaf ears this time, giving New York the title.

Championship results[edit]

August 26
New York Cosmos 2–1 St. Louis Stars
Horton Goal 5' (Young)
Jelinek Goal 86' (pen.)
Frankiewicz Goal 7' (Sewell)
Hofstra Stadium, Hempstead, New York
Attendance: 6,102[5]
Referee: Roger Schott[6]
New York[7][8]
St. Louis[9]

1972 NASL Champions: New York Cosmos

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