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THIS DAY IN SOCCER HISTORY
1968-The Washington Whips announce all of their players will become free agents.
1975-Pop star Elton John acquires an ownership interest in the North American Soccer League's Los Angeles Aztecs.
1975-Gordon Bradley, coach of the New York Cosmos since their inception in 1971, is promoted to Vice President of Player Personnel and Development.
1976-Pelé announces at a press conference in Rio de Janeiro that he will not sign a contract extension with the New York Cosmos to play after the 1977 NASL season.
1979-The North American Soccer League Players Union makes public a list of 40 separate violations of U.S. labor law in charges filed with the National Labor Relations Board.
1981-The Minnesota Kicks close their offices two weeks after the team's owner Ralph Sweet announces that he will no longer fund the franchise.
1982-FIFA President Dr. Joao Havelange says the United States is the most likely country to replace Colombia as host of the 1986 World Cup.
1983-Molson Breweries, after losing $10 million over three years, announces it is folding the North American Soccer League franchise, the Montreal Manic.
1983-The Tampa Bay Rowdies agree to participate in the NASL's indoor season.
1983-The San Diego Sockers defeat Newcastle HBK of Australia 11-3, and BK Hacken of Sweden comes back to defeat the Golden Bay Earthquakes 4-2 in the opening round of the International Indoor Invitaional Soccer tournament at the San Diego Sports Arena.
1989-Mike Powers scores at 5:08 of overtime to give the Dallas Sidekicks a 5-4 win over the St. Louis Storm.
1989-Mark Kerlin scores at 10:01 of overtime to give the Tacoma Stars a 4-3 win over the San Diego Sockers.
1990- Hector Marinaro scores three goals in the Cleveland Crunch's 9-3 win over the San Diego Sockers, his third hat trick of the season. Paul Doughtery scores all three of the Sockers goals
1995-The Kansas City Attack's Brian Haynes collects his 600th career point in a 21-14 loss to the Detroit Rockers.
1995-The Cincinnati Silverbacks play their first home game, a 15-7 loss to Cleveland, before 8,623 fans.
1995-Former U.S. and Greek National and Olympic Teams coach Alkis Panagoulias makes his NPSL coaching debut with the Chicago Power in a 13-8 loss in Buffalo.
2003-A second half goal by Nat Borchers lifts the Colorado Rapids to a 1-1 tie in their first round playoff game with the Kansas City Wizards. Wolde Harris scores for Kansas City.
2006- Kristine Lilly scores in the 68th minute as the U.S. Women's National Team guts out a hard-fought 1-0 victory against Canada to win the championship of the 2006 Peace Queen Cup.
2009-The U.S. Under-17 Mens National Team is eliminated from the FIFA U-17 World Cup with a2-1 loss to Italy.
2010-Chris Wondolowski scores in the 81st minute to lift the San Jose Earthquakes to a 3-1 victory over the New York Red Bulls in the MLS semifinals at Red Bull Arena. The win gives the Quakes a 3-2 win in the total goals series.
2011-The Los Angeles Galaxy rally for a 2-1 victory over the New York Red Bulls to advance to the Western Conference final for the third straight season.
2012-Victor Bernardez sneaks a stoppage-time free kick through the wall and under goalkeeper Josh Saunders to give the San Jose Earthquakes a 1-0 win over the LA Galaxy at the Home Depot Center in the first leg of the MLS Western Conference semifinals.
2012-Will Bruin scores a goal and sets up another as the Houston Dynamo keep their perfect record at BBVA Compass Stadium intact with a 2-0 win over top-seeded Sporting Kansas City in the first leg of their Eastern Conference semifinal series.
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