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THIS DAY IN SOCCER HISTORY
1932-The American Soccer League's Hakoah All-Stars advance in the National Challenge Cup with a 5-0 win over the Yonkers Thistles of the New York State league.
1967-The Cleveland entry in the North American Soccer League reaches a preliminary agreement with the city to use Cleveland Stadium, the home of the Indians and Browns.
1967-The Baltimore NASL team announces its name will be Bays.
1969-The California Clippers withdraw from the NASL and announce they will play a schedule of international matches.
1976-The Los Angeles Aztecs announce they will face the Pelé-led New York Cosmos in a special preseason game at the LA Coliseum.
1981-The Los Angeles Aztecs sign former Brazil World Cup coach Claudio Coutinho to a two-year contract as the team's head coach.
1981-George Best scores four goals and assists on two others to lead the San Jose Earthquakes to an 8-4 win over the California Surf at the Oakland Coliseum Arena.
1984-Chicago Sting owner Lee Stern says the team will no longer play at Soldier Field, and is considering using Comiskey Park, Wrigley Field and perhaps County Stadium in Milwaukee for some home games.
1984-Dallas Basketball, Ltd, parent company of the Dallas Mavericks, purchases the defunct New Jersey Rockets franchise for $500,000.
1986-Marcio Leite scores 16 seconds into overtime to give the Pittsburgh Spirit a 5-4 win over the Chicago Sting at Chicago Stadium.
1991-The American Professional Soccer League loses two franchises, as the Orlando Lions merge with the Fort Lauderdale Strikers and the California Emperors fold, becoming the sixth team in the APSL to close up shop since the end of the season.
1998-Kansas City goalie Scoop Stanisic, facing his former teammates for the first time since a Dec. 4 trade, makes ten saves in the Attack's 11-3 win over the Harrisburg Heat.
2000-Silicon Valley Sports and Entertainment, the business operations and marketing arm of the NHL's San Jose Sharks, agrees to become operator of the San Jose Earthquakes.
2010- Playing in their first game at the Liacouras Center, the Philadelphia KiXX get hat tricks from Anthony Maher, Adauto Neto (four goals) and Pat Morris to defeat the Rockford Rampage 23-20.
2013- Former Dallas Burn player Oscar Pareja is named head coach of FC Dallas, replacing Schellas Hyndman who stepped down at the end of the 2013 season.
2014- The Houston Dash select ten players in the NWSL Expansion Draft, including allocated National Team players Meghan Klingenberg (USA), Arianna Romero (Mexico) and Lauren Sesselmann (Canada).
2014- Toronto FC reaches a transfer agreement with English Premier League club, Tottenham Hotspur F.C. and signs English international forward Jermain Defoe as a Designated Player.
2017-The New York Cosmos announce that Rocco Commisso, the owner of Mediacom Corp., the fifth largest cable company in the United States, purchased a majority stake in the two-time defending North American Soccer League champions from Sela Sports and Seamus O'Brien.