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Soccer Bowl '78

Soccer Bowl '78 was the North American Soccer League's championship final for the 1978 season. It was the fourth NASL championship under the Soccer Bowl name.

Soccer Bowl '78
EventSoccer Bowl
DateAugust 27, 1978 (1978-08-27)
VenueGiants Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey
Man of the MatchDennis Tueart
RefereeJim Highet (Canada)
Attendance74,901
1977
1979

The match was played at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey on August 27 between the American Conference champion Tampa Bay Rowdies and the National Conference champion and defending Soccer Bowl champion Cosmos. Seeing the large home crowds the Cosmos had drawn during the 1977 NASL season, the league awarded Soccer Bowl hosting duties to the club. The match drew a Soccer Bowl-record 74,901 fans, more than doubling the previous year's attendance at Portland's Civic Stadium. To date, it remains the largest crowd for a professional club soccer championship game in North America.

The Cosmos won the match by a 3–1 score, capturing their third league title and becoming the first repeat champion in NASL history.

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Tampa Bay Rowdies

The Rowdies started off 5-8, but would eventually tie the New England Tea Men for first place in the American Conference's Eastern Division with 165 points. New England won the division on the NASL's total wins tiebreaker (19 to the Rowdies' 18), and relegated Tampa Bay to fourth place in the American Conference's playoff standings. After beating the Chicago Sting in the first round, the San Diego Sockers were defeated by a Rodney Marsh overtime goal in a mini-game tiebreaker and the Fort Lauderdale Strikers fell in a mini-game shootout in the American Conference finals. It would be the Rowdies' second trip to the Soccer Bowl in four years. Marsh led Tampa Bay in scoring with 18 goals and 16 assists for 52 points, good for fourth in the league. Near the end of the deciding match between the Rowdies and Strikers, he had gotten spiked in the shin by Maurice Whittle of Fort Lauderdale. There was concern about his playing status, but all indications leading up to match day had looked positive.

Cosmos

While Tampa Bay encountered trouble on the way to Giants Stadium, the Cosmos hit cruise control in early May and never looked back. A 7–0 crushing of the Strikers in the team's opener heralded a run of dominance not seen in the NASL before. A 24-6 record and a league-high 212 points led to a first-place finish in the National Conference Eastern Division as the team looked to become the first back-to-back champions in NASL history. Giorgio Chinaglia's 34 goals and 79 points set league records. The Seattle Sounders fell at the first playoff hurdle, but the Minnesota Kicks proved to be quite a challenge. The Kicks won their playoff opener 9–2 behind Alan Willey's five goals to immediately put the Cosmos on the brink of elimination. However, a 4–0 win in the second game and a dramatic mini-game shootout victory helped the team from New York move on. Two shutout wins over the Portland Timbers in the National Conference championship allowed the Cosmos to become the only team in league history to play in the Soccer Bowl in their own stadium.

The game was broadcast live in the United States on the TVS network. Jon Miller handled play-by-play duties, while Paul Gardner was the color analyst. This would be the final NASL game broadcast by the network, as the league signed a deal with ABC Sports in the fall of 1978. Gardner would continue as the color analyst for ABC's coverage, while Miller would move on to a long career announcing Major League Baseball.

As it turned out, Marsh's shin injury had become infected and he was unable to play. An early-morning run in Central Park confirmed Tampa Bay's worst fears. The Cosmos didn't take advantage early, but Dennis Tueart's goal at 30:42 broke the deadlock. Defender Bob Iarusci broke up an offensive rush, saw Steve Hunt open for a pass and Hunt spotted Tueart standing unmarked to the left of Rowdie goalkeeper Winston DuBose and Tueart made it 1–0. Giorgio Chinaglia's 39th goal of the season made it 2–0 just before halftime. Hunt raced through the Rowdies defense, took a shot which DuBose saved, and the rebound came out to Chinaglia. The league's scoring leader put it away despite the presence of defender Mike Connell, who deflected the ball slightly with his head.

A Mirandinha goal got the Rowdies on the board with fresh hope and 17 minutes left. Tampa Bay midfielder David Robb, switched from forward to defense due to Frantz St. Lot's injury, stole a pass from Tueart in the Cosmos' end and found Mirandinha. The Brazilian fired a low shot off of the Giants Stadium post and past Cosmos goalie Jack Brand to halve the deficit. Tueart closed out the scoring four minutes later by taking a pass from Werner Roth and sliding it past the diving DuBose for the final 3–1 margin.

Dennis Tueart won Soccer Bowl MVP honors for his two-goal efforts, while Pino Wilson was named the defensive player of the game. After missing 10 games due to various injuries, Tueart led the NASL in playoff scoring with six goals and five assists for 17 points in six playoff games.

Match details

Attendance: 74,901
Referee: Jim Highet (Canada)
Cosmos
Tampa Bay Rowdies
GK 0 Jack Brand
D 19 Bob Iarusci
DF 4 Werner Roth (c)
DF 5 Carlos Alberto 20:38'
DF 23 Giuseppe Wilson
MF 15 Vito Dimitrijević 80:39'
MF 6 Franz Beckenbauer
MF 8 Vladislav Bogićević 77:36'
FW 7 Dennis Tueart 83:35'
FW 9 Giorgio Chinaglia
FW 11 Steve Hunt
Substitutes:
MF 12 Seninho 80:39'
MF 14 Terry Garbett 77:36'
FW 24 Garry Ayre 83:35'
MF 3 Nelsi Morais
MF 17 Rick Davis
FW 18 Fred Grgurev
FW 21 Gary Etherington
DF 25 Santiago Formoso
GK 1 Erol Yasin
Manager:
Eddie Firmani
GK 18 Winston DuBose
DF 19 Frantz St. Lot 56:43'
DF 3 Jim Fleeting
DF 6 Mike Connell
DF 4 Arsène Auguste 41:15'
MF 13 Mick McGuire 67:30'
MF 8 Wes McLeod
MF 11 Graham Paddon
FW 7 Steve Wegerle
FW 5 David Robb
FW 12 Peter Anderson (c)
Substitutes:
MF 26 Mirandinha 56:43'
FW 14 Joey Fink 67:30'
DF 23 Tony Crudo
MF 20 Boris Bandov
MF 21 Perry Van der Beck
DF 15 Luis Papandrea
DF 17 Kevin Eagan
DF 22 Sandje Ivanchukov
GK 27 Nicky Johns
Manager:
Gordon Jago

1978 NASL Champions: Cosmos

Soccer Bowl MVP:
Dennis Tueart (Cosmos)
Assistant referees:
Jim Ross
David Socha

Television: TVS
Announcers: Jon Miller, Paul Gardner

First half
Statistic Cosmos Tampa Bay
Goals scored 2 0
Total shots 11 5
Shots on target 6 2
Saves 2 4
Corner kicks 3 4
Fouls x x
Offsides x x
Yellow cards 1 1
Red cards 0 0
Second half
Statistic Cosmos Tampa Bay
Goals scored 1 1
Total shots 9 14
Shots on target 2 6
Saves 5 1
Corner kicks 6 3
Fouls x x
Offsides x x
Yellow cards 0 0
Red cards 0 0
Overall
Statistic Cosmos Tampa Bay
Goals scored 3 1
Total shots 20 19
Shots on target 8 8
Saves 7 5
Corner kicks 9 7
Fouls 15 12
Offsides 6 4
Yellow cards 1 1
Red cards 0 0
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Soccer Bowl '78
Soccer Bowl 78 Article Talk Language Watch Edit Soccer Bowl 78 was the North American Soccer League s championship final for the 1978 season It was the fourth NASL championship under the Soccer Bowl name 1 2 Soccer Bowl 78EventSoccer BowlCosmos Tampa Bay Rowdies3 1DateAugust 27 1978 1978 08 27 VenueGiants Stadium East Rutherford New JerseyMan of the MatchDennis TueartRefereeJim Highet Canada Attendance74 901 19771979 The match was played at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford New Jersey on August 27 between the American Conference champion Tampa Bay Rowdies and the National Conference champion and defending Soccer Bowl champion Cosmos Seeing the large home crowds the Cosmos had drawn during the 1977 NASL season the league awarded Soccer Bowl hosting duties to the club 3 The match drew a Soccer Bowl record 74 901 fans more than doubling the previous year s attendance at Portland s Civic Stadium To date it remains the largest crowd for a professional club soccer championship game in North America The Cosmos won the match by a 3 1 score capturing their third league title and becoming the first repeat champion in NASL history Contents 1 Background 1 1 Tampa Bay Rowdies 1 2 Cosmos 2 Broadcasters 3 Game summary 3 1 Match details 4 Match statistics 5 Bibliography 6 References 7 External linksBackground EditTampa Bay Rowdies Edit The Rowdies started off 5 8 but would eventually tie the New England Tea Men for first place in the American Conference s Eastern Division with 165 points New England won the division on the NASL s total wins tiebreaker 19 to the Rowdies 18 and relegated Tampa Bay to fourth place in the American Conference s playoff standings 4 After beating the Chicago Sting in the first round 5 the San Diego Sockers were defeated by a Rodney Marsh overtime goal in a mini game tiebreaker 6 and the Fort Lauderdale Strikers fell in a mini game shootout in the American Conference finals 7 It would be the Rowdies second trip to the Soccer Bowl in four years Marsh led Tampa Bay in scoring with 18 goals and 16 assists for 52 points good for fourth in the league Near the end of the deciding match between the Rowdies and Strikers he had gotten spiked in the shin by Maurice Whittle of Fort Lauderdale There was concern about his playing status but all indications leading up to match day had looked positive Cosmos Edit Main article 1978 New York Cosmos season While Tampa Bay encountered trouble on the way to Giants Stadium the Cosmos hit cruise control in early May and never looked back A 7 0 crushing of the Strikers in the team s opener heralded a run of dominance not seen in the NASL before 8 A 24 6 record and a league high 212 points led to a first place finish in the National Conference Eastern Division as the team looked to become the first back to back champions in NASL history Giorgio Chinaglia s 34 goals and 79 points set league records The Seattle Sounders fell at the first playoff hurdle 9 but the Minnesota Kicks proved to be quite a challenge The Kicks won their playoff opener 9 2 behind Alan Willey s five goals to immediately put the Cosmos on the brink of elimination 10 However a 4 0 win in the second game and a dramatic mini game shootout victory helped the team from New York move on 11 Two shutout wins over the Portland Timbers in the National Conference championship allowed the Cosmos to become the only team in league history to play in the Soccer Bowl in their own stadium 12 Broadcasters EditThe game was broadcast live in the United States on the TVS network Jon Miller handled play by play duties while Paul Gardner was the color analyst 13 This would be the final NASL game broadcast by the network as the league signed a deal with ABC Sports in the fall of 1978 14 Gardner would continue as the color analyst for ABC s coverage while Miller would move on to a long career announcing Major League Baseball Game summary EditAs it turned out Marsh s shin injury had become infected and he was unable to play An early morning run in Central Park confirmed Tampa Bay s worst fears 15 The Cosmos didn t take advantage early but Dennis Tueart s goal at 30 42 broke the deadlock Defender Bob Iarusci broke up an offensive rush saw Steve Hunt open for a pass and Hunt spotted Tueart standing unmarked to the left of Rowdie goalkeeper Winston DuBose and Tueart made it 1 0 16 Giorgio Chinaglia s 39th goal of the season made it 2 0 just before halftime Hunt raced through the Rowdies defense took a shot which DuBose saved and the rebound came out to Chinaglia The league s scoring leader put it away despite the presence of defender Mike Connell who deflected the ball slightly with his head 17 A Mirandinha goal got the Rowdies on the board with fresh hope and 17 minutes left Tampa Bay midfielder David Robb switched from forward to defense due to Frantz St Lot s injury stole a pass from Tueart in the Cosmos end and found Mirandinha The Brazilian fired a low shot off of the Giants Stadium post and past Cosmos goalie Jack Brand to halve the deficit 18 Tueart closed out the scoring four minutes later by taking a pass from Werner Roth and sliding it past the diving DuBose for the final 3 1 margin 19 Dennis Tueart won Soccer Bowl MVP honors for his two goal efforts while Pino Wilson was named the defensive player of the game 20 After missing 10 games due to various injuries Tueart led the NASL in playoff scoring with six goals and five assists for 17 points in six playoff games Match details Edit August 2716 00 EDTCosmos3 1Tampa Bay RowdiesTueart 31 77 Chinaglia 45 Report 1 Report 2 Mirandinha 74 Giants Stadium East RutherfordAttendance 74 901Referee Jim Highet Canada Cosmos Tampa Bay RowdiesGK 0 Jack BrandD 19 Bob IarusciDF 4 Werner Roth c DF 5 Carlos Alberto 20 38 DF 23 Giuseppe WilsonMF 15 Vito Dimitrijevic 80 39 MF 6 Franz BeckenbauerMF 8 Vladislav Bogicevic 77 36 FW 7 Dennis Tueart 83 35 FW 9 Giorgio ChinagliaFW 11 Steve HuntSubstitutes MF 12 Seninho 80 39 MF 14 Terry Garbett 77 36 FW 24 Garry Ayre 83 35 MF 3 Nelsi MoraisMF 17 Rick DavisFW 18 Fred GrgurevFW 21 Gary EtheringtonDF 25 Santiago FormosoGK 1 Erol YasinManager Eddie Firmani GK 18 Winston DuBoseDF 19 Frantz St Lot 56 43 DF 3 Jim FleetingDF 6 Mike ConnellDF 4 Arsene Auguste 41 15 MF 13 Mick McGuire 67 30 MF 8 Wes McLeodMF 11 Graham PaddonFW 7 Steve WegerleFW 5 David RobbFW 12 Peter Anderson c Substitutes MF 26 Mirandinha 56 43 FW 14 Joey Fink 67 30 DF 23 Tony Crudo 21 MF 20 Boris Bandov 22 MF 21 Perry Van der Beck 23 DF 15 Luis PapandreaDF 17 Kevin EaganDF 22 Sandje IvanchukovGK 27 Nicky JohnsManager Gordon Jago 1978 NASL Champions Cosmos Soccer Bowl MVP Dennis Tueart Cosmos Assistant referees 24 Jim Ross David Socha Television TVS Announcers Jon Miller Paul GardnerMatch statistics EditFirst half 25 Statistic Cosmos Tampa BayGoals scored 2 0Total shots 11 5Shots on target 6 2Saves 2 4Corner kicks 3 4Fouls x xOffsides x xYellow cards 1 1Red cards 0 0Second half 26 Statistic Cosmos Tampa BayGoals scored 1 1Total shots 9 14Shots on target 2 6Saves 5 1Corner kicks 6 3Fouls x xOffsides x xYellow cards 0 0Red cards 0 0Overall 27 Statistic Cosmos Tampa BayGoals scored 3 1Total shots 20 19Shots on target 8 8Saves 7 5Corner kicks 9 7Fouls 15 12Offsides 6 4Yellow cards 1 1Red cards 0 0Bibliography EditJose Colin 1989 NASL A Complete Record of the North American Soccer League Derby England Breedon Books Jose Colin 2003 North American Soccer League Encyclopedia Haworth New Jersey St Johann Press References Edit NASL NASLSoccerBowl History Past Winner North American Soccer League NASL NASL 1968 1984 Yearly Result North American Soccer League Tierney Mike January 10 1978 Rowdies Strikers Mates But Not Cosmos St Petersburg Times p 1C Retrieved 2012 06 18 Schneider Dick August 4 1978 Rowdies Face Sting Sarasota Journal p 4 D Retrieved 2012 06 18 Tierney Mike August 9 1978 Rowdies are too powerful for Sting 3 1 St Petersburg Times p 1C Retrieved 2012 06 18 Tierney Mike August 18 1978 Rowdies in sudden heaven St Petersburg Times p 1C Retrieved 2012 06 18 Meyer John August 24 1978 A Fitting Show For Broadway Evening Independent p 1C Retrieved 2012 06 18 Minus A Star Cosmos Shine Evening Independent April 3 1978 p 2 C Retrieved 2012 06 18 Timbers work overtime for victory Vancouver Sun August 10 1978 p C1 Retrieved 2012 06 19 Willey s Five Goals Propel Kicks Ocala Star Banner August 15 1978 p 5B Retrieved 2012 06 19 Express Fall To Strikers In OT Lakeland Ledger August 17 1978 p 4D Retrieved 2012 06 19 Cosmos Cut Up Timbers Evening Independent August 24 1978 p 2 C Retrieved 2012 06 19 NASL TV A Short History Kenn Tomasch Retrieved June 12 2012 Kleiman Carol May 9 1979 Banking on American dollars ABC to televise NASL soccer games Boca Raton News Retrieved 2012 06 12 Meyer John August 28 1978 Rowdies Were Mugged Evening Independent p 1C Retrieved 2012 06 17 Gammon Clive September 4 1978 Two In A Row For The Cosmos Sports Illustrated pp 18 21 Retrieved 2012 06 17 Schneider Dick August 28 1978 Rowdies Mistakes Not Forgiven Lakeland Ledger p 1D Retrieved 2012 06 19 Tierney Mike August 28 1978 Cosmos still rulers of NASL St Petersburg Times p 5 C Retrieved 2012 06 17 Cosmos triumph over Tampa Bay Montreal Gazette August 28 1978 p 44 Retrieved 2012 06 19 The Spokesman Review Google News Archive Search TAMPA BAY ROWDIES APPRECIATION BLOG 1975 to 1993 Rowdies Memorabilia Tony Crudo s Game Worn Jersey 22 June 2009 TAMPA BAY ROWDIES APPRECIATION BLOG 1975 to 1993 Rowdies Memorabilia Boris Bandov s Game Worn Jersey 22 June 2009 TAMPA BAY ROWDIES APPRECIATION BLOG 1975 to 1993 Rowdies Memorabilia Perry van der Beck Game Worn Jersey August 2012 TVS Broadcast footage TVS Broadcast footage Subtracted final stats from TVS halftime stats Tierney Mike August 28 1978 Cosmos still rulers of NASL St Petersburg Times p 5 C Retrieved 2012 06 17 External links EditHighlights of the game on YouTube The Year in American Soccer 1978 Retrieved from https en wikipedia org w index php title Soccer 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