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THIS DAY IN SOCCER HISTORY
1952--Pete McNab of Hispano scores three goals in a 4-1 win over Kearny Scots in the last of the American Soccer League's doubleheader series at Yankee Stadium. Brookhattan defeats Hakoa 1-0 in the nightcap.
1966-The D.C. Armory Board votes to permit the Washington Lancers of the North American Soccer League to play in D.C. Stadium. The club outbid the Washington Internationals of the National Professional Soccer League $109,000 to $102,000 for the right to use the stadium.
1966-The Pittsburgh Phantoms of the National Professional Soccer League name Herbert Vogt head coach and general manager.
1975-After backing out of a deal to join the New York Cosmos earlier in the year, George Best says he is interested in playing in the North American Soccer League.
1976-Terry Fisher is retained for his third season as coach of the Los Angeles Aztecs.
1977-John Sewell, who coached the St. Louis Stars for four years is retained by the franchise which has shifted to Anaheim, Calif.
1977-The formation of a new professional indoor soccer league is announced by founders Earl Foreman and Ed Tepper. The Major Indoor Soccer League says nine arenas have agreed to lease their facilities: The Omni in Atlanta, Chicago Stadium Madison Square Garden, Nassau Coliseum, the Coliseum in Richfield, Ohio, the Hartford Civic Center, the Summit in Houston, The Spectrum in Philadelphia and the Pittsburgh Civic Center.
1980-Mexico trounces the United States 5-1 in a World Cup qualifier before a crowd of 100,000 at Azteca Stadium. Adrian Camacho scores two goals for Mexico, while Ricky Davis scores the only goal for the U.S.
1980-Mario Luna scores the only goal as the Washington Diplomats defeat a Japanese all-star team 1-0 in Fukuoka, Japan.
1982-Steve Zungul and Fred Grgurev each score two goals as the defending MISL champion New York Arrows defeat the defending NASL indoor champion San Diego Sockers 6-4 at the San Diego Arena.
1990- Paul Dougherty and Wes Wade each score three goals in the San Diego Sockers' 8-7 win over the Baltimore Blast at the Baltimore Arena.
1990- Tatu scores five goals as the Dallas Sidekicks beat the St. Louis Storm 7-6 in front of 8,144 at the St. Louis Arena.
1991-Dale Ervine scores four goals in the Wichita Wings 7-6 come from behind win over the Cleveland Crunch at the Kansas Coliseum.
1995-Major League Soccer names Dan Courtemanche Director of Communications.
1996- The Buffalo Blizzard's Gino DiFlorio gets his 800th regular season career point in an 8-6 loss to the Milwaukee Wave at the Bradley Center.
1997- Hector Marinaro, playing in his 800th career indoor game, tallies nine points to lead the Cleveland Crunch over the Montreal Impact 20-28 at the CSU Convocation Center.
2002-Carlos Farias posts seven points as the San Diego Sockers defeat the Dallas Sidekicks 15-10 in front of a crowd of 10,024 at Reunion Arena.
2004-Tim Hankinson is fired by the Colorado Rapids after the team finishes with a 10-9-11 record in third place in the Western Conference.
2006-D.C United midfielder Christian Gomez is named MLS Most Valuable Player.
2007-Former Dutch international Ruud Gullit is officially introduced as the newest head coach of the Los Angeles Galaxy
2008- The New York Red Bulls win their first-ever MLS playoff series with a 3-0 upset of the two-time defending champion Houston Dynamo at Robertson Stadium. The wild card Red Bulls win the two-game Western Conference semifinal by a 4-1 aggregate score.
2008-Forward Vicky DiMartino scores a goal in her fourth consecutive game and Courtney Verloo scores twice to help the United States to a 4-2 victory over South Korea in the quarterfinals of the FIFA Under-17 Women's World Cup at Waikato Stadium in Hamilton, New Zealand. Kristie Mewis scores the other U.S. goal.
2012-Chivas USA fires Head Coach Robin Fraser and Assistant Coach Greg Vanney. In addition, the organization severs ties with both team Technical Director and Head Scout Simon Elliott and Head Athletic Trainer Brian Lee.
2013-A second-half goal by former Spanish international Marcos Senna gives the New York Cosmos a 1-0 win over the Atlanta Silverbacks and the NASL Soccer Bowl Championship in their first year in the league in front of a Silverbacks Park crowd of 7,211.
2013- Houston Dynamo and Sporting Kansas City battle to a scoreless draw in the first match of the MLS Eastern Conference championship at BBVA Compass Stadium.
2014- The largest playoff crowd in team history, 20,184 sees Lee Nguyen and Teal Bunbury each notch a goal and an assist, helping the New England Revoution dispatch the Columbus Crew 3-1 and advance to the MLS Eastern Conference Finals with a 7-3 aggregate-goals victory in the two-game semifinal matchup
2014- Landon Donovan scores the first hat trick in an MLS playoff game since 1999 as the Los Angeles Galaxy emphatically book their ticket to the Western Conference final with a 5-0 win over Real Salt Lake at the Stub Hub Center.
2015- Former French international and World Cup winner Patrick Vieira is named New York City FC head coach, replacing the fired Jason Kreis.
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