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Werner Roth

Werner Roth (Soccer.  Born, Bosnia, Yugoslavia, Apr. 4, 1948.)  One of the outstanding defensive players in the history of the North American Soccer League, Werner Roth began playing organized soccer with New York’s German-Hungarians and finished as the captain of the Cosmos 1978 Soccer Bowl champions.  Roth played in the German-American League (later the Cosmopolitan […]

John Reeves

John Reeves (College athletics.  Born, New York, NY, Jan. 14, 1939.)  A successful soccer coach turned administrator, Dr. John A. Reeves became Columbia’s fifth full-time director of athletics in 1991, succeeding Al Paul (q.v.).  Reeves was the soccer coach at both Bloomfield College (1961-68) and Drew U. (1969-81) in New Jersey, compiling a 172-84-28 record.  […]

Charlie Stillitano

Charlie Stillitano (Soccer.  Born, Elizabeth, NJ, Dec. 4, 1959.)  Vice president and general manager of the MetroStars for their first four seasons, Charles Stillitano is a former soccer player and coach turned executive who is also an attorney.  After a four-year career at Princeton, Stillitano played professionally with New York United in 1981.  From 1984-87, he […]

Nick Sakiewicz

Nick Sakiewicz (Soccer.  Born, Passaic, NJ, Jan. 14, 1961.)  Rarely in pro sports has a team experienced the dramatic turnaround that the MetroStars effected following the appointment of Nick Sakiewicz as general manager Jan. 13, 2000. Having the worst record in the four-year history of Major League Soccer in 1999 (7-25), the team went 17-12-3 in […]

Tim Howard

Tim Howard (Soccer.  Born, North Brunswick, NJ, Mar. 6, 1979.)  A high school basketball and soccer player at North Brunswick H.S., Timothy Howard became one of the top goalkeepers in U.S. history with the MetroStars.  Howard’s emergence was even more remarkable since he was born with Tourette’s Syndrome, a neurological disorder.  He turned pro immediately […]

Clint Mathis

Clint Mathis (Soccer. Born, Conyers, GA, Nov. 25, 1976.) In the span of 67 games over a four-season period, Clinton Mathis became the second-highest career goal scorer in MetroStars history. Mathis came to the MetroStars on May 16, 2000, in a dispersal draft after Los Angeles acquired Luis Hernandez. He scored 13 goals with 13 […]

Don Popovic

Don Popovic (Soccer.  Born, Ivangrad, Yugoslavia, Jan. 1, 1941.)  An aggressive coach who was a master at winning when he had good talent, Don Popovic steered the New York Arrows to four M.I.S.L. championships in the first four years of the league (1978-79 to 1981-82).  Popovic left the Arrows late in the 1982-83 season to […]


Pele (Soccer.  Born, Tres Coracoes, Brazil, Oct. 23, 1940.)  Although he joined the Cosmos in the twilight of his brilliant career, Edson Arantes do Nascimento (better known as Pelé) was probably single-handedly responsible for setting off a major surge of soccer interest in the United States.  Prior to joining the Cosmos, Pelé had accomplished some […]

Muzz Patrick

Muzz Patrick (Hockey.  Born, Victoria, British Columbia, June 28, 1915; died; Riverside, CT, July 23, 1998.)  One of the finest all-around athletes ever produced in Canada, Frederick Murray Patrick was a star defenseman for the New York Rangers for a half-dozen seasons and later served as both head coach and general manager of the club.  […]

Steve Zungul

Steve Zungul (Soccer.  Born, Pozarevac, Yugoslavia, July 28, 1954.)  If there was ever a perfect offensive machine in indoor soccer, Slavisa Zungul was that machine.  Zungul, a 6-foot, 175-pound forward, had the reflexes, the speed, and the strength to continually get into scoring position.  Once there, he had the arsenal of shots to get the […]

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