TOP INTERNATIONAL STARS IN THE NASL, 1967-1984

Part 3: Player Biographies, P-Z

by David Litterer spectrum@sover.net

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An asterisk (*) indicates players with World Cup experience, and a carat (^) indicates players with International Caps to their credit. NASL stats include games played and goals scored.

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NASL Player Biographies, A-H

NASL Player Biographies, I-O


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^PARKES, PHIL (Engl.)  Goalkeeper.  Queens Park Rangers, Wolverhampton.
  1 Cap.  Born 7/14/1947.

                                Regular season     Playoffs
                                GP   GA  SO       GP  GA  SO
1976  Vancouver Whitecaps       20   25   6        1   1   0
1978  Vancouver Whitecaps       29   28  10        3   3   1
1979  Vancouver Whitecaps       29   29   7        7  10   3
1980  Chicago Sting             30   43   6        3   5   0
1981  Chicago Sting             10   11   3        -   -   -
1981  San Jose Earthquakes      10   29   0        -   -   -
1983  Toronto Blizzard           1    6   0        -   -   -
                               129  171  32       14  19   4
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PELE* (Edson Arantes do Nascimento, "The Black Pearl") (Brazil)  Striker, 
then Playmaker.  Santos.  93 Caps, 97 goals between 1957 and 1971.  
World Cup 1958, 62,66,70.  Born Tres Coracoes 10/23/40.  
Inaugural member of the International Soccer Hall of Fame.

Widely considered the best player ever to play the game.  Pele's impact on 
the sport cannot be overestimated.  His incredible scoring feat of 1,280 
goals is second only to Artur Friedenrach's 1,329, but Pele's 
accomplishments are augmented by his success in international competition, 
where he capped 93 times and became the only player to play on THREE world 
cup championship teams (1958, 1970 and 1974).  With 1,324 games played he 
scored an unbelievable 0.939 goals per game.  

Interestingly enough, despite Pele's unprecedented scoring, he does not 
appear in the International Association of Football Statistician's recent
list of all-time goal scorers for 1st division pro soccer, as almost his entire 
career was played before the Brazilian League system was awarded 1st division
status in 1969.

Pele exploded onto the world scene in 1958 at the age of 17 scoring six 
goals in the World Cup, of which two were against Sweden in the final.  

He played for Santos from 1956-1974, shattering every record for that 
team, as well as a significant number of Brazilian league records.  Pele 
lead Santos to six Brazilian championships during his tenure.

His awards are too numerous to mention, but his 19 selections by the 
Professional Footballers' Association, 125 goals in 1959, three world cup 
championship teams, 1965 declaration as a National Treasure by Brazil, and 
1980 Sportsman of the Century awards stand out.

Little wonder that the world was stunned when he came out of retirement to 
play for the New York cosmos during the 1975 season.  His signing at an 
unprecedented salary (estimated to be a total of $7,000,000 for six years;
three as player, and three as "ambassador of the game) brought instant 
recognition to the NASL and gave the league a genuine chance to establish 
itself as a major sports league in the USA and gave the sport its best 
chance of establishing itself in the country.  Fans nationwide took 
notice; to this dat many older MLS fans who became fans during the NASL 
days can point to his signing as what attracted their attention.  

When one considers the revolution in US soccer that resulted from the 
attention paid to pele's signing it is amazing to remember how short his 
tenure was - less than 2 1/2 seasons, where he scored 39 goals in 64 
games, winning recognition as 1976 NASL MVP and leading the Cosmos to 
victory in Soccer Bowl '77.  After his retirement in 1977, Pele played for 
both sides in an emotional exhibition game between Cosmos and Santos 
played to a thundering sellout crowd of 76,000 in a ferocious downpour at 
Giants Nstadium before a national network TV audience.  A perfect end to 
an incredible career.

Since then Pele has served as a virtual soccer goodwill ambassador to the 
world, did extensive commentary in the 1994 world cup.  Since 199(5?) has 
been Brazilian's Minister of Sports where 1997, he successfully passed 
legislation to extensively reform the anachronistic structure of 
Brazilian's league system, taking undue influence and power away from the 
club owners who had arguably been holding back success for the domestic 
leagues.

                                Regular season       Playoffs
                                GP   G   A  Pts    GP   G   A  Pts
1975  New York Cosmos            9   5   4   14     -   -   -   -
1976  New York Cosmos           22  13  18   44     2   2   1   5
1977  New York Cosmos           25  13   3   29     6   4   4  12
                                56  31  25   87     8   6   5  17

Club Appearances:

Club                    Years           Appearances     Goals
Bauru Atletico Clube    1953-56
Santos FC               1956-74         1,114           1,088
New York Cosmos         1975-77           105              55
Brasil Army Team        1959               10              14

6-time Brasilian National Champions (Santos)
1977 NASL Champions (Cosmos)

Sao Paulo selections, Santos/Vasco da Gama selections and Professional
Footballers Association selections; 19 appearances, 18 goals.

1,324 professional games
1,282 professional goals
0.939 goals per game average

1959 - scores 125 goals
1962 - Santos wins World Club Championship, Pele scores all 5 goals
1963 - Santos repeats as World Club Champions
1964 - scores 8 goals in a single game
1969 - scores 1000th career goal before a crowd of 90,000
1976 - Most Valuable Player of NASL

Scores 3 goals a game 93 times
Scores 4 goals a game 31 times
Scores 5 goals a game 6 times

1965 - Declared a "National Treasure" by the Brasilian Government
1978 - International Peace Award
1980 - Sportsman Of The Century
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PETERSON, MARK (USA).  Forward.  Seattle Sounders.  Rookie of the year, 1980.
Born 4/19/1960.

                                Regular season       Playoffs
                                GP   G   A  Pts    GP   G   A  Pts
1980  Seattle Sounders          29  14   2  30      5   4   1   9
1981  Seattle Sounders          18   4   3  11      3   1   0   2
1982  Seattle Sounders          31  17   5  39      7   2   1   5
1983  Seattle Sounders          21  13   4  30      -   -   -   -
1983  Team America               7   1   1   3      -   -   -   -
                               106  49  15 113     15   7   2  16
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^RENSENBRINK, ROB (Neth.).  Left Winger.  46 Caps.  Born 7/3/1947.  

                                Regular season       Playoffs
                                GP   G   A  Pts    GP   G   A  Pts
1980  Portland Timbers          18   6   1  13      -   -   -   -
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^RESSEL, PETER. (Neth.).  Forward.  3 Caps.  Born 12/4/1945.

                                Regular season       Playoffs
                                GP   G   A  Pts    GP   G   A  Pts
1978  San Jose Earthquakes      28   8   7  23      -   -   -   -
1979  Chicago Sting             28  10  18  38      4   0   1   1
1980  Chicago Sting             31   8  16  32      3   1   0   2
                                87  26  41  93      7   1   1   3
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RIOCH, BRUCE (Scotland/Engl.).  Defender.  Born 9/6/1947.  

Played most of his career for Aston Villa, then Derby County, where he won
a League Championship medal and Charity Shield medal in 1975  Later
managed Arsenal (95-96) and Millwall.  Signed Kasey Keller there.  
Went to Everton from Derby.  Played from the midfield, but scored many
goals.  Was well-known for his rocket shots and well-placed free kicks.
Managed Bolton Wanderers with Colin Todd before moving onto Arsenal.

                                Regular season       Playoffs
                                GP   G   A  Pts    GP   G   A  Pts
1980  Seattle Sounders          30   4   1   9      5   0   2   2
1981  Seattle Sounders          14   1   1   3      -   -   -   -
                                44   5   2  12      5   0   2   2
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^RIGBY, BOB (USA).  Goalkeeper.  7 caps.  Born 7/3/1951.

One of many successful American goalkeepers, the one position at which the 
USA did well in producing good players.  Rigby was probably the best US 
goalkeeper ever produced up to that time.  His twelve seasons in the NASL 
was one of the longest NASL careers ever.  Rigby led the Philadelphia 
Atoms to the NASL championship in his first, year, 1973, when he enjoyed a 
league-leading 0.62 goals against average.  From that point on, he moved 
to several teams over his long career, including moving with the 
Philadelphia Franchise up to Montreal.  Rigby was named to two Second All-
Star teams, and was an All-American at East Stroudsburg State College.  

                                Regular season     Playoffs
                                GP   GA  SO       GP  GA  SO
1973  Philadelphia Atoms        13    8   6        2   0   2
1974  Philadelphia Atoms        20   22   3        -   -   -
1975  Philadelphia Atoms        21   31   4        -   -   -
1976  New York Cosmos           13   15   5        -   -   -
1977  Los Angeles Aztecs        19   46   1        5   7   0
1978  Los Angeles Aztecs        25   56   1        -   -   -
1979  Los Angeles Aztecs        18   30   4        -   -   -
      Philadelphia Fury         10   19   2        4   5   0
1980  Philadelphia Fury         27   61   3        -   -   -
1981  Montreal Manic            32   52   4        6  17   0
1982  Montreal Manic            15   18   3        3   7   0
1983  Golden Bay Earthquakes     1    3   0        -   -   -
1984  Golden Bay Earthquakes     3    6   0        -   -   -
                               227  367  36       20  36   2
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*RIJSBERGEN, WIM (Neth.)  Defender. Feynoord (Dutch League) 28 Caps.
World Cup 1978.  Now a coach.  Born 1/18/1952.

                                Regular season       Playoffs
                                GP   G   A  Pts    GP   G   A  Pts
1979  New York Cosmos           25   0   2   2      5   0   1   1
1980  New York Cosmos           21   0   3   3      5   0   1   1
1981  New York Cosmos           26   2   8  12      4   1   0   2
1982  New York Cosmos            3   0   0   0      2   0   1   1
1983  New York Cosmos           11   0   1   1      -   -   -   -
                                86   2  14  18     16   1   3   5
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ROBERTSON, JIMMY (England).  Forward.  English 1st Division. Born 12/17/1944. 
Had the distinction of scoring two goals in an FA Cup final,  
unfortunately, one for each side, which led to a replay) 

                                Regular season       Playoffs
                                GP   G   A  Pts    GP   G   A  Pts
1976  Seattle Sounders          12   1   4   6      -   -   -   -
1977  Seattle Sounders          17   2   3   7      6   1   3   5
                                29   3   7  13      6   1   3   5                               
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ROEBER, JUERGEN (West Germany). Midfielder.  Born 12/25/1953.

Played for Bayern Munich, Werder Bremen and Nottingham Forest before the NASL. 
Afterwards played for Bayer Leverkusen.

                                Regular season       Playoffs
                                GP   G   A  Pts    GP   G   A  Pts
1981  Calgary Boomers           30   6  10  22      2   1   0   2
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*ROMERO, JULIO CESAR (Paragray).  Midfielder.  35 Caps. 1986 World Cup.
Born 8/28/1960.

One of the best players in Paraguayan history.  Finished his career 
with Deportes La Serena (Chile) in 1995.  

                                Regular season       Playoffs
                                GP   G   A  Pts    GP   G   A  Pts
1980  New York Cosmos           32  14  19  47      7   2   7  11
1981  New York Cosmos           21   4  13  21      4   2   5   9
1982  New York Cosmos           21   6   4  16      3   0   2   2
                                74  24  36  84     14   4  14  22
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^ROTE JR., KYLE (USA).  Forward.  6 caps.  born 12/25/1950.

                                Regular season       Playoffs
                                GP   G   A  Pts    GP   G   A  Pts
1973  Dallas Tornado            18  10  10  30      2   1   0   2
1974  Dallas Tornado            18   7   2  16      2   0   1   1
1975  Dallas Tornado            21   5   6  16      -   -   -   -
1976  Dallas Tornado            19   3   3   9      2   0   0   0 
1977  Dallas Tornado            24  11   6  28      -   -   -   -
1978  Dallas Tornado            21   6   7  19      -   -   -   -
1979  Houston Hurricane         21   1   4   6      2   0   0   0
                               142  43  38 124      8   1   1   3
                               
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^ROTH, WERNER (USA). Defender.  16 caps.  Born in Yugoslavia, 4/4/48.

Werner was born in Yugoslavia but grew up in Brooklyn. He studied at
the Pratt Institute and played for the German-Hungarians in the German
American League before signing for the Cosmos in 1972. After his playing
career with the Cosmos he stayed on as a coach.

Werner Roth was a long-time stalwart defender for the New york Cosmos, one 
of the first international stars to sign with the league.  He joined back 
in 1972 when the NASL was not very well known even among Soccer fans.  
They played in Hofstra Stadium averaging c. 6,000 fans per game, on the 
infamous "polyturf" - hardest playing surface known to Man.

Roth played six more seasons (his final season was cut short to a single 
game), always consistent, and reliable, and playing on the Cosmos 
championship teams in 1972, 1977 and 1978.  He played on the Cosmos 1977 

Also starred with Sylvester Stallone and Bobby Moore in the movie 
"Victory" (or "Escape to Victory").  He was the captain of the German team 
and took the penalty against Stallone at the end of that match (the one 
Sly saved!).  Born in Yugoslavia, where he earned 16 caps, Roth later took 
US citizenship. 

                                Regular season       Playoffs
                                GP   G   A  Pts    GP   G   A  Pts
1972  New York Cosmos           11   0   2   2      2   0   0   0
1973  New York Cosmos           16   0   0   0      1   0   0   0
1974  New York Cosmos           15   0   0   0      -   -   -   -
1975  New York Cosmos           22   0   0   0      -   -   -   -
1976  New York Cosmos           12   0   1   1      2   0   0   0
1977  New York Cosmos           23   1   1   3      6   0   1   1
1978  New York Cosmos           25   1   2   4      6   0   1   1
1979  New York Cosmos            1   0   0   0      -   -   -   -
                               125   2   6  10     17   0   2   2
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^ROY, WILLY (USA).  Forward.  20 caps.  Long-time NASL coach.  Born 2/8/1943.

Willy Roy was a pioneering successful American player.  He made a major 
splash in the first year of the league, playing for the Chicago Spurs of 
the NPSL in 1967.  He scored 17 goals in 27 games, and attracted 
substantial notice because, although he was German-born much of his succer 
development took place in the USA.  He also earned 20 caps playing for the 
National team between 1965 and 1973, scoring 8 goals. Although his later 
years were not as successful; he slumped in 1968, was out of the league 
for two years but returned for a steady three seasons with the St. Louis 
Stars.  after another respite, he returned for a final season with the 
Chicago sting in 1975. he had a successful coaching career with the 
Chicago Sting from (c. 1979-1984).  During his stint, the Sting won Soccer 
Bowl 1981 over the Cosmos, and the 1984 NASL Championship series over 
Toronto Blizzard.

                                Regular season       Playoffs
                                GP   G   A  Pts    GP   G   A  Pts
1967  Chicago Spurs (NPSL)      27  17   5   39     -   -   -   -
1968  Kansas City Spurs         15   6   4   16     -   -   -   -
1971  St. Louis Stars           13   4  11   19     -   -   -   -
1972  St. Louis Stars           11   7   2   16     2   0   0   0
1973  St. Louis Stars           19   7   3   17     -   -   -   -
1975  Chicago Sting             14   0   3    3     -   -   -   -
                                99  41  28  110     2   0   0   0
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^SANCHEZ, HUGO (Mex.).  Forward.  Real Madrid, Dallas Burn (MLS) 1996.
57 Caps.  World Cup, 1978, 82, 86.  Born 11/11/1958.

A huge success with San Diego in his brief stay.  Famous striker of 
Real Madrid. He was "Pichichi" (Topscorer) of the Spanish league in many times. 

                                Regular season       Playoffs
                                GP   G   A  Pts    GP   G   A  Pts
1979  San Diego Sockers         10   6   5  17      7   6   3  15
1980  San Diego Sockers          9   7   4  18      6   7   2  16
                                19  13   9  35     13  13   5  31
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SEGOTA, BRANKO (Yugo.)  Striker.  Real Madrid, Rayo Vallecano (Spain),
Atlante (Mexico).  Born 6/8/1961.

Broke into the league at age 18 with an amazing performance, remained one 
of the better goalscorers until the league's demise.  Scored an incredible
11 goals during the 1981 playoffs.  Had a long successful career in 
indoor soccer.

                                Regular season       Playoffs
                                GP   G   A  Pts    GP   G   A  Pts
1979  Rochester Lancers         13  14   4  32      -   -   -   -
1980  Rochester Lancers         26  11   6  28      -   -   -   -
1981  Ft. Lauderdale Strikers   25   5   6  16      6  11   1  23
1982  Ft. Lauderdale Strikers   29  12  13  37      5   1   2   4
1983  Ft. Lauderdale Strikers   30  13   9  35      2   0   0   0
1984  Golden Bay Earthquakes    24  18  11  47      -   -   -   -
                               147  73  49 195     13  12   3  27                               
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*SIMOES, ANTONIO (Portugal). Midfielder.  All-Star in 1976.  46 Caps.  
World Cup 1966.  Born 12/14/1943.

Was captain of Portugese National team when Eusebio starred on it.
  
                                Regular season       Playoffs
                                GP   G   A  Pts    GP   G   A  Pts
1975  Boston Minutemen          17   4   9  17      1   0   0   0
1976  Boston Minutemen          10   1   2   4      -   -   -   -
1976  San Jose Earthquakes      10   0   4   4      2   0   0   0
1977  San Jose Earthquakes      23   0   7   7      1   0   0   0
1979  Dallas Tornado             6   1   1   3      -   -   -   -
                                66   6  23  35      4   0   0   0
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SMETHURST, Derek (S. Africa).  Striker.  Born 10/24/1947.  Chelsea FC.

One of the greatest players to come out of the South African scene and one 
of the most prolific and deadliest goalscorers in NASL history, this man 
scored more goals in 4 yrs than many top players did in a decade. First 
signed with Durban City in 1966, where he scored a goal within 12 seconds
of his first game, and ended up with three in that game.  Became one of their
leading goalscorers for three seasons before being signed by Chelsea FC in 1968.
Moved to Millwall FC in 1972.  Win six major championships in his career
(4 in South Africa, 1 European Winners Cup and 1 in the NASL).  

He is still the only South African to date to win a European Championship 
(with Chelsea 70-71).  Smethurst like some others fell into that category 
of time when FIFA - and apartheid sanctions fell on South Africa and so 
missed out on a whole international world cup situation.

                                Regular season       Playoffs
                                GP   G   A  Pts    GP   G   A  Pts
1975  Tampa Bay Rowdies         22  18   3   39     3   1   1   3
1976  Tampa Bay Rowdies         24  20   5   45     2   1   0   2
1977  Tampa Bay Rowdies         21  19   4   42     1   0   0   0
1978  Tampa Bay Rowdies          4   0   1    1     -   -   -   -
1978  San Diego Sockers         17   2   2    6     2   0   2   2
1979  Seattle Sounders          22  13   2   28     -   -   -   -
1980  Seattle Sounders           8   1   3    5     -   -   -   -
                               118  74  20  166     8   2   3   7
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SMITH, Bobby (USA).  Defender. 19 caps.  Born 3/29/1951.  

                                Regular season       Playoffs
                                GP   G   A  Pts    GP   G   A  Pts
1973  Philadelphia Atoms        19   0   0   0      2   0   1   1
1974  Philadelphia Atoms        20   1   4   6      -   -   -   -
1975  Philadelphia Atoms        21   2   1   5      -   -   -   -
1976  New York Cosmos           22   0   2   2      2   0   0   0
1977  New York Cosmos           10   1   0   2      4   0   1   1
1978  New York Cosmos            9   0   0   0      -   -   -   -
1979  New York Cosmos           10   0   0   0      -   -   -   -
      San Diego Sockers         10   0   1   1      2   1   0   2
1980  Philadelphia Fury         22   0   0   0      -   -   -   -
1981  Montreal Manic            24   0   2   2      -   -   -   -
                               167   4  10  18     10   1   2   4
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SONO, JOMO (South Africa).  Forward.  Born 6/28/1955.

                                Regular season       Playoffs
                                GP   G   A  Pts    GP   G   A  Pts
1977  New York Cosmos           12   1   0   2      4   0   0   0
1978  Colorado Caribous         30   8   5  21      -   -   -   -
1979  Atlanta Chiefs            29   5  12  22      -   -   -   -
1980  Toronto Blizzard          31  14   7  35      -   -   -   -
1981  Toronto Blizzard          21   8   6  22      -   -   -   -
1982  Toronto Blizzard           5   0   3   3      -   -   -   -
                               128  36  33 105      4   0   0   0
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^SOUNESS, GRAEME (Scotland).  Midfielder.  Liverpool (England 1st).  
Born 5/6/1953.

Later managed Liverpool and in Turkey. Started out at Middlesbrough 
before signing with Liverpool where he had tremendous success in the 1970s 
and 1980s. coached Soton (Southampton) in 96-97.  Now coach at Torino of 
the Serie B.  Also played at Glasgow Rangers.

                                Regular season       Playoffs
                                GP   G   A  Pts    GP   G   A  Pts
1972  Montreal Olympic          10   2   2   6      -   -   -   -
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^STEFFENHAGEN, ARNO (West Germany).  Defensive Midfielder.  1 Cap.  Born 9/24/1949.

                                Regular season       Playoffs
                                GP   G   A  Pts    GP   G   A  Pts
1978  Chicago Sting             12  13   3  29      1   0   0   0
1979  Chicago Sting              1   0   0   0      1   0   0   0
1980  Chicago Sting             28  15  15  45      3   2   1   4
1981  Chicago Sting             28  17  10  44      9   3   2   8
1982  Chicago Sting             28  13   6  22      -   -   -   -
1983  Toronto Blizzard          14   0   7   7      -   -   -   -
      Vancouver Whitecaps        8   2   2   6      2   0   0   0
                               119  60  43 163     16   4   4  12
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SUHNHOLZ, WOLFGANG (Germany).  Midfielder.  Bayern Munich. B. 9/14/1946. 
Was a Soccer Bowl MVP.

                                Regular season       Playoffs
                                GP   G   A  Pts    GP   G   A  Pts
1976  Boston Minutemen          12   1   3   5      -   -   -   -
      Vancouver Whitecaps        2   0   0   0      -   -   -   -
      Toronto Metros-Croatia     4   0   1   1      4   0   0   0
1977  Las Vegas Quicksilver     20   4   1   9      -   -   -   -
1978  Los Angeles Aztecs        14   5   1  11      -   -   -   -
      California Surf            6   0   1   1      1   1   0   2
1979  California Surf           26   2  10  14      1   0   1   1
1980  California Surf            6   1   0   2      -   -   -   -
                                90  13  17  43      6   1   1   3
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*SUURBIER, WILLEM (WIM)(Neth.).  Defender.  Ajax, Schalke '04, Metz.  60 Caps.
World Cup 1974, 78  Born 1/16/1945.  Later a TV commentator.

                                Regular season       Playoffs
                                GP   G   A  Pts    GP   G   A  Pts
1979  Los Angeles Aztecs        24   1   0   2      4   0   0   0
1980  Los Angeles Aztecs        32   2   5   9      8   0   1   1
1981  Los Angeles Aztecs        17   0   1   1      2   0   1   1
1982  San Jose Earthquakes      23   0   5   5      -   -   -   -
                                96   3  11  17     14   0   2   2
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^TALBOT, BRIAN (Engl.)  Midfielder.  Arsenal, Ipswich Town. Born 7/21/1953. 

Won the 1979 and 1980 FA Cup final, 80 Cup winners cup final.  
May be the only player to win FA cup final winners medals in 
consecutive years with different teams. Played at Arsenal until
the early-80s' where he was a crowd favourite for his 
non-stop style in midfield for every minute of every game.

                                Regular season       Playoffs
                                GP   G   A  Pts    GP   G   A  Pts
1971  Toronto Metros            10   2   1   5      -   -   -   -
1972  Toronto Metros            10   2   2   6      -   -   -   -  
                                20   4   3  11
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^TERLECKI, STAN (Poland).  Left Winger.  28 Caps.  Born 11/13/1955.

                                Regular season       Playoffs
                                GP   G   A  Pts    GP   G   A  Pts
1983  Golden Bay Earthquakes    28  11  14  36      5   5   1  11
1984  New York Cosmos           17   4   4  12      -   -   -   -
                                45  15  18  48      5   5   1  11
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^THIJSSEN, FRANS (Neth.).  Midfielder.  Ipswich Town, Arnhem.  14 Caps.
Born 1/23/1952.  Later a coach/manager.

                                Regular season       Playoffs
                                GP   G   A  Pts    GP   G   A  Pts
1983  Vancouver Whitecaps       21   2   5   9      3   2   0   4
1984  Vancouver Whitecaps       24   7   7  21      3   0   0   0
                                45   9  12  30      6   2   0   4
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^TODD, COLIN (Engl.)  Defender.  Derby County.  27 Caps.  Born 12/12/1948.

Colin Todd started out at Sunderland.  He was bought by Brian Clough for 
Derby County and consequently played throughout Derby's glory years (two 
League Championships, one Charity Shield, European Cup Semi-Finalists) in 
the 1970s.  Was a brilliant defender and reader of the game.  Had short 
spells at other clubs, including Nottingham Forest under Brian Clough 
again.  Is currently the manager of Premiership side Bolton Wanderers.

                                Regular season       Playoffs
                                GP   G   A  Pts    GP   G   A  Pts
1984  Vancouver Whitecaps        8   0   1   1      3   0   0   0
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^TOPPMOLLER, KLAUS (West Germany).  Forward, 3 caps.  Born 8/12/1951.

Also played for 1. FC Kaiserslautern, Eintracht Trier.

                                Regular season       Playoffs
                                GP   G   A  Pts    GP   G   A  Pts
1980  Dallas Tornado            31   7   9   23    4    0   1   1
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*TROST, Al (U.S.).  Midfielder.  14 full caps, 17 amateur caps.  Born 2/7/1949.  

One of the best midfielders ever produced by the United States at the 
time, Al was a key member of the St. louis stars for much of the 1970's.  
Trost was a two-time winner of the Robert R. Hermann Trophy as the 
Collegiate Player of the Year while playing for St. Louis University.  He 
played for the US in the 1972 Olympics before signing with the St. Louis 
stars, and (check: ) subsequently captained the 1976 US team (Played in 
olympics?).  His finest season in the NASL was 1976 when he scored 12 
goals in 24 games.  Trost was named to three NASL All-Star teams.  

                                Regular season       Playoffs
                                GP   G   A  Pts    GP   G   A  Pts
1973  St. Louis Stars           17   1   2   4      -   -   -   -
1974  St. Louis Stars           19   5   4  14      -   -   -   -
1975  St. Louis Stars           22   6   2  14      -   -   -   -
1976  St. Louis Stars           24  12   3  27      -   -   -   -
1977  St. Louis Stars           26   3   8  14      1   0   0   0
1978  California Surf           28  10   3  23      1   0   0   0
1979  Seattle Sounders          11   1   2   4      2   0   0   0
                               147  38  24 100      4   0   0   0
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^TUEART, DENNIS. (Engl.)  Forward.  Sunderland, Manchester City. 6 Caps.
Born 11/27/1949.

A brilliant and innovative winger.  A Manchester city veteran, 
Played for Cosmos 1978-79 before returning to Manchester City in 1980.

                                Regular season       Playoffs
                                GP   G   A  Pts    GP   G   A  Pts
1978  New York Cosmos           20  10  12  32      6   6   5  17
1979  New York Cosmos           27  16  16  48      6   1   3   5
                                47  26  28  80     12   7   8  22
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*VALENTINE, CARL (Canada)  Forward.  Several caps.  Born 7/4/1958, in England.

Carl's career began in 1976 with Oldham Athletic where he played for three
seasons before being lured to the NASL.  Carl played five seasons in for
Vancouver Whitecaps, and was a consistently high scorer for the 'caps.
After the demise of the NASL, Valentine played 44 games for West Bromwich
Albion of the English League, before returning to Canada in time to
play the last game of world cup qualifying (He scored both of Canada's
goals).  In 1985, he joined the Cleveland Force of the Major Indoor Soccer
League, later moving to Baltimore and Kansas City.  In seven MISL seasons,
Valentine played 270 games scoring 165 goals and 317 points.  Played for
the Canadian National team in the 1986 World Cup finals.  Was a founding
player of the Vancouver 86ers in the Canadian Soccer League in 1987.
Remained with the team (which moved to the A-League in 1992), as player,
then as head coach through 1999.

                                Regular season       Playoffs
                                GP   G   A  Pts    GP   G   A  Pts
1979  Vancouver Whitecaps       29   4   7   15     7   2   1   5
1980  Vancouver Whitecaps       30  10   8   28     2   0   0   0
1981  Vancouver Whitecaps       30  10  14   34     2   1   0   2
1982  Vancouver Whitecaps       32  10   9   29     2   0   1   1
1983  Vancouver Whitecaps       23   6   9   21     2   0   0   0
1984  Vancouver Whitecaps       21   4  12   20     2   1   0   2
                               165  44  59  147    17   4   2  10
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^VAN BEVEREN, JAN (Neth.)  Goalkeeper.  PSV Eindhoven.  32 Caps.  
Born 3/5/1948.

Major rival of Johan Cruyff.  In 1997, part owner of USISL D-3 Pro League
Florida Strikers.
                                Regular season    Playoffs
                                GP   GA  SO      GP  GA  SO
1980  Ft. Lauderdale Strikers   16  29   2        7  13   1
1981  Ft. Lauderdale Strikers   32  43   9        6   9   3
1982  Ft. Lauderdale Strikers   32  73   3        6   9   2
1983  Ft. Lauderdale Strikers   30  61   3        2   7   0
                               110 206  17       21  38   8
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^VAN DER BECK, Perry (U.S.).  Midfielder.  Has caps for US National team.
Born 11/5/1959.
                                Regular season       Playoffs
                                GP   G   A  Pts    GP   G   A  Pts
1978  Tampa Bay Rowdies          2   0   0   0      1   0   0   0
1979  Tampa Bay Rowdies         16   0   3   3      3   0   1   1
1980  Tampa Bay Rowdies         32   2   6  10      4   1   3   5
1981  Tampa Bay Rowdies          6   2   1   5      -   -   -   -
1982  Tampa Bay Rowdies          9   1   0   2      -   -   -   -
1983  Team America              28   1   3   5      -   -   -   -
1984  Tampa Bay Rowdies         24   5   2  12      -   -   -   -
                               117  11  15  37      8   1   4   6
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*VAN DER ELST, FRANCOIS (Belgium).  Forward.  Born 12/7/1954.

Long-time International star -- played in two World Cups.

                                Regular season       Playoffs
                                GP   G   A  Pts    GP   G   A  Pts
1980  New York Cosmos           13   6   5  17      6   1   4   6
1981  New York Cosmos           30   6  14  26      3   1   1   3
                                43  12  19  43      9   2   5   9
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VEEE, Julie (Jyvia Visnyel)(Hungary/U.S.).  Midfielder.  Born 2/22/1950.

One of the more prolific midfielders to play in the NASL, Veee was a 
consummate playmaker, and scored a substantial number of assists.  Veee 
was the 12th all-time assists leader for the NASL.  He went on to a long 
and successful indoor career in the Major indoor Soccer League.  Also
played for Lierse, Standard Liege

                                Regular season       Playoffs
                                GP   G   A  Pts    GP   G   A  Pts
1975  Los Angeles Aztecs        19   6   5   17    1    0   1   1
1976  San Jose Earthquakes      11   0   6    6    2    0   1   1
1978  San Diego Sockers         27   3  17   27    1    0   0   0
1979  San Diego Sockers         27  10   8   28    7    0   4   4
1980  San Diego Sockers         28   2   8   12    6    2   5   9
1981  San Diego Sockers         27   3  12   18    9    2   4   8
1982  San Diego Sockers         27   6  16   28    5    1   3   5
                               166  34  68  136   31    5  18  28
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^VELAZQUEZ, JOSE (Peru).  Defensive Midfielder.  Also played for Deportes 
Iquique (Chilean League) in 1988.  82 Caps.  Born 6/4/1952.

Great Peruvian player.  One of Peru's top cap earners.

                                Regular season       Playoffs
                                GP   G   A  Pts    GP   G   A  Pts
1980  Toronto Blizzard          11   2   2   6      -   -   -   -
1981  Toronto Blizzard          17   0   6   6      -   -   -   -
                                28   2   8  12
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WARD, PETER.  Forward.  Brighton, Hove Albion.  Born 7/27/1955.

NASL MVP in 1982. Peter Ward was a brilliant goalscorer for 
Non-League Burton Albion in the early 1970s.  He would eventually 
sign for Brighton and Hove Albion.  Now owns an English pub in 
Tampa Bay area.  

                                Regular season       Playoffs
                                GP   G   A  Pts    GP   G   A  Pts
1982  Seattle Sounders          32  18  12  48      7   3   4  10     
1983  Seattle Sounders          30  13   8  34      -   -   -   -
1984  Vancouver Whitecaps       24  16  10  42      2   0   1   1
                                86  47  30 124      9   3   5  11
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^WATSON, DAVID  (England).  Defender. Sunderland, Manchester City, Southampton,.  
Notts County.  65 Caps. Born 10/5/1946.

He also played for Werder Bremen in Germany before returning to 
England for brief spells at Southampton and Stoke City.  He was a hard-
working central defender.  He basically won the role after Roy McFarland's 
playing career was disrupted by an Achilles Tendon injury.

                                Regular season       Playoffs
                                GP   G   A  Pts    GP   G   A  Pts
1983  Vancouver Whitecaps       26   3   3   9      3   0   0   0
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^WEGERLE, STEVE (South Africa)  Forward.  Queens Park Rangers & Coventry City. 
Born 5/15/1953.  Played alongside brother Roy in 1984.

                                Regular season       Playoffs
                                GP   G   A  Pts    GP   G   A  Pts
1977  Tampa Bay Rowdies         26   5  11  21      1   0   0   0
1978  Tampa Bay Rowdies         26   7  12  26      6   2   1   5
1979  Tampa Bay Rowdies         29   3  21  27      8   3   2   8
1980  Tampa Bay Rowdies         29   9  15  33      3   1   4   6
1981  Tampa Bay Rowdies         10   2   2   6      -   -   -   -
      New York Cosmos            8   0   4   4      6   2   2   6
1982  New York Cosmos           26   3   5  11      5   0   1   1
1983  Ft. Lauderdale Strikers   19   0   4   4      -   -   -   -
1984  Tampa Bay Rowdies         23   3  14  20      -   -   -   -
                               195  32  68 152     29   8  10  26
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*WEGERLE, ROY (S. Africa/USA).  Forward.  41 caps and 7 goals.  Born 3/19/1964.

NASL Rookie of the year 1984.  Had long successful career in England. 
Numerous caps for the USA, member through 1998.  One of two players to
play in both the NASL and MLS.  World Cup '94 and '98.  

Roy was one of the last major players to debut in the NASL.  After this he
played for many years in England for Coventry City, Blackburn Rovers, 
Queens Park Rangers, Chelsea, and Luton Town.  He also played for the 
Tacoma Stars of the Major Indoor Soccer League. 

                                Regular season       Playoffs
                                GP   G   A  Pts    GP   G   A  Pts
1984  Tampa Bay Rowdies         21   9  17   25     -   -   -   -
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^WELLER, KEITH (Engl.)  Midfielder. Leicester City, Millwall, Chelsea, Tottenham.
4 Caps.  Born 6/11/1946.
                                Regular season       Playoffs
                                GP   G   A  Pts    GP   G   A  Pts
1978  New England Tea Men       24   5   8  18      1   0   0   0
1979  New England Tea Men       30   9  10  28      -   -   -   -
1980  New England Tea Men       18   4   4  12      -   -   -   -
      Ft. Lauderdale Strikers    6   1   0   2      4   0   1   1
1981  Ft. Lauderdale Strikers   28   3   4  10      6   1   5   7
1982  Ft. Lauderdale Strikers   18   1   3   5      3   0   1   1
1983  Ft. Lauderdale Strikers   12   1   2   4      -   -   -   -
                               136  24  31  79     14   1   7   9
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WILLEY, Alan (Eng.).  Forward.  Born 10/18/1956.

One of the NASL's top goalscorers, Allen Willey came to the States on a loan 
from Middlesbrough, but stayed on for nine seasons.  Willey joined 
Middlesbrough as an apprentice and made his debut against Mancester City on 
September 21, 1974.  Between 1974 and 1977, he played in 50 games, mostly as 
a substitute and scored 7 goals.  

In the NASL, Willey had a fantastic scoring career, becoming the 3rd alltime 
points scorer, with 129 goals 48 assists and 306 points in 238 games.  He was 
4th in scoring for 1976, 7th in 1977, and 8th in 1978.  He played in the NASL 
Championship game in 1976, and in 1978 scored 5 goals in a playoff game 
against in a 9-2 victory against the Cosmos.

                                Regular season       Playoffs
                                GP   G   A  Pts    GP   G   A  Pts
1976  Minnesota Kicks           23  16   7   39    2    0   0   0
1977  Minnesota Kicks           20  14   1   29    2    0   0   0
1978  Minnesota Kicks           30  21   3   45    4    7   0  14
1979  Minnesota Kicks           29  21   7   49    2    0   0   0
1980  Minnesota Kicks           26   7   5   19    2    0   0   0
1981  Minnesota Kicks            6   1   0    2    -    -   -   -
      Montreal Manic            21   6   2   14    6    3   4  10
1982  Montreal Manic            29  15   7   37    3    2   0   4
1983  Montreal Manic            30  13  12   38    5    1   1   3
1984  Minnesota Strikers        24  15   4   34    -    -   -   -
                               238 129  48  306   26   13   6  32
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^WITHE, PETER (Engl.)  Center-Forward.  Birmingham, Newcastle, et al.
Born 8/30/1951. 11 Caps.

                                Regular season       Playoffs
                                GP   G   A  Pts    GP   G   A  Pts
1975  Portland Timbers          22  16   6  38      3   1   1   3
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^WORTHINGTON, FRANK (Engl.)  Striker.  Leicester, Birmingham City, Bolton, 
Huddersfield Town.  8 Caps.  Born 12/23/1948.

A brilliantly gifted striker with immense skills.  Played for Bolton 
Wanderers, but his best spell was with Leicester City in the 1970s.  Won 8 
caps for England.

(courtesy Garry Archer):  Best goal I ever saw him score, was receiving 
the ball with his back to goal and several defenders all behind him.  He 
flicked the ball over his head, over their heads, turned, dashed between 
them and as the ball came down he volleyed the ball past the goalie from 
12 yards out.  Who says the Brasilians have it all? :-)
 
                                Regular season       Playoffs
                                GP   G   A  Pts    GP   G   A  Pts
1979  Philadelphia Fury         21  10   7  27      4   1   3   5
1981  Tampa Bay Rowdies         26  11  16  38      5   1   3   5
                                47  21  23  65      9   2   6  10
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^ZUNGUL, STEVE (Slavisa) (Yugo.) Forward.  14 Caps.  Born 7/28/1954.

Had long spectacular indoor career with New York Arrows (MISL) 1978-84,
and San Diego Sockers (MISL) 1985-1991. One of the top indoor players
of all time.  Named to MISL all-decade team, c. 1988.

                                Regular season       Playoffs
                                GP   G   A  Pts    GP   G   A  Pts
1983  Golden Bay Earthquakes    22  16  15  47      5   3   2   8
1984  Golden Bay Earthquakes    24  20  10  50      -   -   -   -
                                46  36  25  97      5   3   2   8
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