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Willie accepts a drink from a fan before taking a corner kick when playing in America,

George Best of the San Jose Earthquakes scored this fantastic goal against the Ft. Lauderdale Strikers on July 22, 1981 at Spartan Stadium in San Jose. It's often called the greatest goal in NASL history.

For all soccer fans everywhere.

This is the full broadcast of the 1977 North American Soccer League championship match, Soccer Bowl 77, which was between the New York Cosmos and the Seattle Sounders. The match was held at Civic Stadium (now known as JELD-WEN Field) in Portland, Oregon.

This match is significant because it was Pele's last competitive match as a player. He helped give the North American Soccer League the boost of credibility it needed when he signed with the Cosmos in 1975.

This match was televised by the independent TVS network, with Jon Miller and Paul Gardner providing the commentary. For those wondering, it's the same Jon Miller from the ESPN baseball telecasts.

This match is provided for entertainment purposes only. No infringement of any kind is intended in any way, shape or form.

The Tampa Bay Rowdies defeated the New York Cosmos 3-2 in a North American Soccer League match on May 12, 1979 at Tampa Stadium in Tampa, Florida.

This is the full game video of Franz Beckenbauer's first game for the New York Cosmos, against the Tampa Bay Rowdies at old Tampa Stadium in 1977. This was Pele's last season for the Cosmos. The video was given to me on DVD by a friend, so I don't know the original source, but it seems to be from the local Tampa television station's feed (which accounts for the missing local commercial breaks). I have no idea how far removed from the original tape my copy, so pardon the quality of the video and the odd stops and starts where the footage was damaged.

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 tassles 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.