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Posts Tagged ‘NASL.’

Phil Woosnam, former NASL commissioner, dies at 80

(file photo)

Phil Woosnam, the former commissioner of the North American Soccer League, died on Friday, July 19 at age 80 in Marietta, Georgia.

Woosnam served as commissioner from 1969 to 1982. The NASL lasted until 1985.

He was also a coach for the United States men’s national team.

Woosnam will be forever remembered for luring Pele’ and other international soccer greats to the new league.

He was inducted into the U.S. National Soccer Hall of Fame and the Georgia Soccer Hall of Fame in 1997.

Woosnam, a cousin to golfer Ian Woosnam and a nephew of the English footballer, Max Woosnam.

Former New York Cosmos star Chinaglia dies at 65

 

(courtesy NASL via wikipedia commons)

Former Italian star Giorgio Chinaglia, who played alongside the famous soccer star Pele and Franz Beckenbauer with the New York Cosmos of the North American Soccer League is dead at age 65.

Chinaglia died in Naples, Florida of complications from a heart attack.

Chinaglia was the career scoring leader in the NASL after previously starring with Lazio and playing for the Italian team in the 1974 World Cup.

The former soccer star joined the Cosmos in 1976.

 

Info compiled from Radio, TV & Soccer news reports

Crew takes a chance and leaves Mendoza unprotected for MLS expansion draft

 

Andres Mendoza September 2010 (photo by Late1 via wikipedia commons)

The MLS expansion draft is coming up soon and the Columbus Crew like many teams have decisions to make on who to protect and who not to protect.

The Crew have decided to leave Andres Mendoza, and free agents Emmanuel Ekpo and Kevin Burns.

Ekpo and Burns don’t have contracts for next year but the Crew can still negotiate a new deal with both until the end of the month.

Most fans will say why not protect Mendoza, the team’s leading scorer and highest-paid player.

Mendoza, who according to the players’ union, made $595,000 this past season, probably makes too much money for an expansion team to pick. He scored 13 goals which placed him fourth in Major League Soccer.

The newest MLS team for 2012 will be the Montreal Impact.

Montreal Impact (courtesy of MLS)

The Montreal Impact Football Club has been in existence since 1992 as a member of the NASL, National American Soccer League. Their owner is Joey Saputo, the head coach is Nick De Santis. They play in Saputo Stadium which seats 13,034.

Montreal will have 10 selections in the draft on Wednesday and can select one player from each team.

The Crew have lost players in each of the past five expansion drafts.

 

Info compiled from Major League Soccer, Columbus Crew & Montreal Impact Football Club