5 posts tagged NASL
A rare, rare visual treat. Franz Beckenbauer’s debut for the New York Cosmos at Tampa Bay Rowdies in its entirety, May 29, 1977.
via Andy Smith, who writes:
"I was at this game and still remember it quite vividly. Even at age 8, I was well aware of what legends both Pele and Beckenbauer were, though my hero was the Rowdies’ Rodney Marsh. This is NASL soccer in its prime with the 35 yard-line for offsides, classic ’70s hairstyles, no shinguards and priceless uniform flair including sock tassels and even a white scarf on the Rowdies’ Ian Anderson.
As a side note, the announcer is Jon Miller, who has been a mainstay of ESPN’s Major League Baseball broadcasts for years. The on-screen graphics are hilariously bad (i.e. the misspellings and missing names of players in the lineups) and the commercials are vintage mid-70s advertising.”
Update: Elated to receive this from GFOP and Cosmos great, goalkeeper Shep Messing who sent us this memory:
"I hadn’t seen this game but I remember it well. The only time in my life that I saw Franz confused. We started out with four in the back but we morphed into Franz ending up as a right back with 3 in the back! The first cross that came to me I yelled “keeper” and he said "Don’t speak. I will make the ball come to you!" To which I said "yes sir."
Later in the game I got kicked in the face and had to come out of the game with my eyelid split open gushing blood. There was a penalty kick call on the play (goalkeepers love when their backup has to come into the game to face a penalty kick immediately, because of what it does to his goals against average) but it all ended well because we went to a great party in Tampa that night hosted by Rodney Marsh and the Tampa Bay cheerleaders.”
A second installment from the treasure trove of 1970s “Football Handbook” magazines which Rog recently unearthed. American football in the year 1978 as seen through a jealous English lens.
Former New York Cosmos and Italian soccer star Giorgio Chinaglia passed away this morning at the age of 65. We’ve had the great pleasure to follow Giorgio and his Football Show twice a week. A true original.
In this week’s Men in Blazers podcast, Roger interviews legendary referee Abraham Klein about the 1970 World Cup, his days in the NASL, and how he’d deal with today’s petulant players. For more on Klein and his incredible personal narrative, check out Rob Smyth’s recent feature in the Guardian.
On a recent cockfighting holiday, Rog stumbled upon the official NASL club of Men in Blazers — Puerto Rico Islanders. Puerto Rico does do it better. With thanks to Ignacio Rodriguez.