New York Cosmos Played First NASL Game Against the St Louis Stars 40 Years Ago

“Actions are the seed of fate deeds grow into destiny.” - Harry S Truman

Long before Pelé, Giorgio Chinaglia, Franz Beckenbauer, Carlos Alberto, and many former New York Cosmos legends joined the team, the New York Cosmos had already won their first NASL Championship in 1972.

Long before the Cosmos made Giants Stadium their home, they played their first season at Yankee Stadium.

Before playing their first home game at Yankee Stadium on May 5, 1971 in a 1-0 victory against the Washington Darts in front of 3,746 in attendance, the New York Cosmos had played their first official North American Soccer League (NASL) match almost a month earlier.

Forty years ago or April 17, 1971, the New York Cosmos played their first official NASL game. Playing on the road, there first-ever opponents in league competition was the Saint Louis Stars.

Playing at Busch Memorial Stadium, the New York Cosmos played the spoilers as th...

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