Tess Quinlan

  • Pele, New York Cosmos greats encourage new Cosmos to continue club's history of success

    Tess Quinlan at Yahoo! Sports1 yr ago

    HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. – When asked if he had spoken with any of the legendary New York Cosmos from the 1970s, defender Chris Rodd said, "Well, we went to lunch with Pelé."

    He shrugged, almost as if to ask, "Does that count?"

    Any sports fan in the world knows Pelé, so yes, it counts. The Brazilian superstar, who sparked a Cosmos championship run in 1977 in the old North American Soccer League, returned with his teammate Carlos Alberto to see the club's first match in 29 years – a 2-1 victory over the Fort Lauderdale Strikers at Hofstra's Shuart Stadium on Saturday night.

    In early June, the Cosmos' players and coaches attended a lunch with Pelé in New York, and he offered them advice on life – on and off the pitch. According to Peri Marošević, one of just 14 signed players at the time, Pelé talked about his passion for the club, declaring that it was the new Cosmos' turn to be successful and to not worry about the greats that came before them.

    "It was really an honor to be able to sit down with a legend like that," Marošević said.

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