I love this moment, where a(n alleged) Cosmos fan shows he needs to brush up on current events. (H/T to Nico, originally happened here.)
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It was 35 years ago today that The Black Pearl made his NASL debut for the New York Cosmos. Pele assisted on one goal and scored the other in a 2-2 friendly draw with the Dallas Tornado at Downing Stadium on Randalls Island in New York.
That was the start of Pele’s two-and-a-half year run in the NASL, which culminated with the 1977 Soccer Bowl title.
It can’t possibly be true, can it? Peppe Pinton finally found a buyer for the Cosmos’ name…but it’s not someone who wants to put a new MLS or USL team in New York?
Not that you can always believe The Daily Mail (“It is believed they will be built up as an all-star touring team before attempting to gain an MSL franchise“, it says), so take that arsenic with a grain of salt, New Yorkers.
Thanks to my man Dave Wasser for the tip.
(Beeg trouble for moose and squirrel.)
So…anything happen while I was gone?
No, seriously. They just got word of V-J Day where I was for the past week.
So let’s catch up:
- The US made an amazing run in the Confederations Cup. Yes, I know, they got into the semis on a technicality, but they beat Spain and had Brazil (BRAZIL) on the ropes. Does this mean that all is well with the US Nats? No, of course not. Nobody in their right mind is saying that, just stupid bloggers and Bigsoccer posters who like strawmen. But it does prove that, every once in a while, the US can put together a magical performance. Maybe they wouldn’t be quite as magical if we did them all the time. But just enjoy it, okay? We beat the #1 team in the world and had the new #1 team in the world on the ropes for 45 minutes. We’re getting there.
- Michael Jackson‘s death was, like him, odd. The worship we’ve been seeing, which seems to sweep the last dozen years or so under the rug, is probably not so unexpected. I wonder what we’ll do as a society when OJ dies. Will we remember him as the great running back and charismatic actor and pitchman?
- The XSL is going to announce a “hiatus” tomorrow, but it’s really dead. That’s unfortunate, but if it gets us closer to having one unified indoor soccer league, it’s a net positive. As hard as this sport tries to kill itself, it always seems to hang around.
- USL teams went 3-3-2 (advancing in four of eight matchups) against MLS teams in Round 3 of the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup. While USL teams are closing the gap, MLS teams, by and large, don’t care. Only 25 of the 88 starters the eight MLS teams trotted out for their third-round matches had even played half of their teams’ league minutes this season. Half of the goalkeepers hadn’t even played one league minute. The average was about 32%. And three of the four MLS teams that were eliminated had just come off playing three games in eight days in SuperLiga. Not at all surprising.
- We’re scheduled to have my man Roger Allaway, author of Corner Offices & Corner Kicks, a fascinating new book about the Fall River Marksmen and New York Cosmos, as our guest on Four At The Back this week. Hopefully that’ll be available tomorrow.
I had other things I was going to say, but hell if I can remember them now. I need caffeine.
Just our luck – the US pulls off a miracle, and we’re going to be on vacation this week. So no new Four At The Back this time around (sorry), but on the second Four At The Back Extra, we bring you our entire interview with former star goalkeeper and current star analyst Shep Messing.
Even if you heard the original show, you will want to listen to this one. Did you know the Cosmos went on strike in 1976? Did you know Shep’s book could one day be a movie? Did you ever hear the story about match-fixing in the NASL? It’s all here. Give it a listen.
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Shep Messing is our guest on the latest episode of Four At The Back (sorry it took an extra day to get it online – but, hey, you’re not paying for it, so simmer down). We also discuss the US National Team’s upcoming busy summer and ask what can be done about the US Open Cup?
Shep shares his insight on this year’s New York Red Bulls team, the sad history of MLS’ New Jersey/New York franchise and the glory days of the Cosmos in Episode 9.
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