THIS DAY IN SOCCER HISTORY JANUARY 5

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THIS DAY IN SOCCER HISTORY 
January 5, 
1967-Before ever coaching a game, Pittsburgh Phantoms coach Herbert Vogt resigns because of ill health.

1968-One day after announcing it will be the Professional Soccer League, the league formed by the merger of the United Soccer Association and the National Professional Soccer League announces it will be the North American Soccer League.

1968-The Philadelphia Spartans, citing $500,000 in losses, fold.

1972-The Atlanta Braves reveal a loss of just over $1 million in five years of operating the Chiefs soccer franchise.

1975-The American Soccer League awards an expansion franchise for Rhode Island to sports promoter George Patrick Duffy.

1977-The NASL's Fort Lauderdale club announces its name will be Strikers.

1978-Sports promoter Jerry Saperstein announces he is forming the Super Soccer League, an indoor circuit that will play in the summer.

1978-The Philadelphia NASL team changes its name from Furies to Fury.

1980-The Minnesota Kicks sign striker Alan Willey to a five-year contract.

1982-Ferdinando DeMatthaeis, Steve Moyers and Boris Bandov each score twice to lead the New York Cosmos to an 8-6 win over the Tulsa Roughnecks at the Meadowlands Arena.

1983-Steve David scores four goals to lead the Phoenix Inferno to a 9-8 win over the Memphis Americans at Mid-South Coliseum.

1989-Former Rutgers assistant coach Bob McNulty is named head coach of the ASL's New Jersey Eagles.

1990-Barry Wallace scores three goals to lead the Kansas City Comets to a 9-5 win over the Wichita Wings.

1996- The Kansas City Attack trail 1-0 at halftime, but rally past the visiting Tampa Bay Terror 13-5 to tie a team record with its 10th straight win.

1996- Two-time South American Player of the Year Carlos Valderrama becomes the first player to sign with the Tampa Bay Mutiny.

2008-Veteran netminder Peter Pappas makes 14 saves to record his first shutout in four years, backstopping the Philadelphia KiXX to a 4-0 win over the Baltimore Blast  in front of 6,313 at the Wachovia Spectrum.

2011-After more than two decades of playing and a world-record 352 international appearances, Kristine Lilly announces her retirement from soccer.  

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