List of New York Cosmos (1970–85) all-stars
The New York Cosmos were an American soccer club based in New York. The team was founded in 1970 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", winning five championships and drawing unprecedented crowds for American club soccer. 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. A new Cosmos team, formed in 2010, is scheduled to begin play in the new second-tier North American Soccer League (contested since 2011) during the 2013 season.
The NASL all-star teams selected by the league at the end of each season included a total of 18 Cosmos players.[A] These include numerous well-known players from outside the United States, signed from European or South American clubs. Examples of these are erstwhile West Germany captain Franz Beckenbauer and the former Brazil international players Pelé and Carlos Alberto; there were many others. Among the American players representing the Cosmos were two players born in Yugoslavia: US international defender Werner Roth and Siegfried Stritzl, a midfielder. Canada international John Kerr, originally from Scotland, 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, 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.
|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|||
|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||–|||
|Pelé, Pelé||Brazil||FW||1975–77||56||31||89||8||6||17||64||37||106||1975, 1976, 1977||1976|||
|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|||
|Beckenbauer, FranzFranz Beckenbauer||West Germany||DF||1977–80
|105||19||85||27||4||14||142||23||99||1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1983||1977|||
|Wilson, GiuseppeGiuseppe Wilson||Italy||DF||1978–79||16||0||0||6||0||0||22||0||0||1978||–|
|Alberto, CarlosCarlos Alberto||Brazil||DF||1977–80
|100||6||34||26||0||5||126||6||39||1978, 1979, 1980||–|||
|Bogićević, VladislavVladislav Bogićević||Yugoslavia||MF||1978–84||203||31||209||33||8||35||236||39||244||1978, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984||–|||
|Rijsbergen, WimWim Rijsbergen||Netherlands||DF||1979–83||86||2||18||16||1||5||102||3||23||1979, 1981||–|||
|Neeskens, JohanJohan Neeskens||Netherlands||MF||1979–84||94||17||62||13||3||8||107||20||70||1979, 1984||–|||
|Eskandarian, AndranikAndranik Eskandarian||Iran||MF||1979–85||142||0||21||22||0||4||164||0||25||1982, 1983, 1984||–|||
|Cabañas, RobertoRoberto Cabañas||Paraguay||FW||1980–84||86||60||151||13||3||14||99||63||165||1983||1983|||
|Birkenmeier, HubertHubert Birkenmeier||West Germany||GK||1979–85||145||0||0||23||0||0||168||0||0||1984||–|||
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Owned by Warner Communications, the New York Cosmos were, like many other franchises, a team going nowhere fast. A ragbag assembly of students, foreigners and part-timers, they played their football at a high school athletics ground in front of row after row of empty seats. Nobody knew about them, let alone cared.... On the road the Cosmos sold out every game ("like travelling with the Rolling Stones," says the club's travelling secretary Steve Marshall). In New York they were media darlings, idols of 77,000 fans (including Mick Jagger, Henry Kissinger, Robert Redford and Steven Spielberg) and virtual residents at Studio 54. In two years, they became an organisation with the cultural visibility no other arm of the Warner portfolio could boast. It mattered not that the club did not make a single cent in their 15-year history. The Cosmos had become the hottest ticket in town; Ross even had a seat belt installed in his spot in the upper tier, just in case he got overexcited and toppled over the edge.
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