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THIS DAY IN SOCCER HISTORY
1967-The Vancouver Royals of the NPSL and San Francisco Gaels of the USA announce they are merging and the combined club will play in Vancouver.
1978-The Los Angeles Aztecs name former Dutch National Team Coach Rinus Michels as head coach.
1978-Franz Beckenbauer scores with two minutes left in the game to give the New York Cosmos a 2-1 win over Independiente Rivadavia in Argentina.
1981-Exactly a year after a new ownership group headed by UK investor Ralph Sweet takes over, the Minnesota Kicks file for bankruptcy, with approximately $500,000 owed to players, staff and creditors.
1981-The New York Cosmos announce that after a season playing for the California Surf, former Brazil World Cup winning captain Carlos Alberto will rejoin the club and play during its indoor season.
1981-Steve Zungul scores four goals and assists on two others as the New York Arrows edge the New Jersey Rockets 7-6 at the Meadowlands Arena in the Rockets' inaugural game.
1984-Jeff Cacciatore scores two goals, and sets a club record by playing in his 128th consecutive game, leading the St. Louis Steamers to a 5-2 win over the Tacoma Stars at St. Louis Arena.
1984-The Chicago Sting promote Doug Verb to club president.
2005- Second-half sub Guillermo Ramirez scores from 18 yards two minutes into stoppage time of the first extratime to lift the L.A. Galaxy to a stunning 1-0 victory over the New England Revolution in MLS Cup at Pizza Hut Park.
2007-U.S. Soccer names Pia Sundhage coach of the Women's National Team.
2007- Seattle will join Major League Soccer in 2009 as the league's 15th team. The team will be owned by Hollywood movie studio executive Joe Roth, Seattle Sounders (USL) Managing Partner Adrian Hanauer, actor Drew Carey and Vulcan Sports and Entertainment, the sports holding company of Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, which owns the NFLs Seattle Seahawks. The team will play at Qwest Field, which will have a downsized capacity of 24,500 for MLS games.
2008-The Columbus Crew shake off an early goal by Brian McBride, then get goals from Chad Marshall and Eddie Gaven in a six-minute span to defeat the Chicago Fire 2-1 in the MLS Eastern Conference championship game at Columbus Crew Stadium.
2009- Gregg Berhalter scores 13 minutes into overtime, following a David Beckham free kick, and Landon Donovan converts a penalty kick six minutes later as the Los Angeles Galaxy overcome the Houston Dynamo, 2-0, in the MLS Western Conference Final.
2013-Marcos Senna plays one half for each team, Villareal and the New York Cosmos, as the Spanish side wins a special tribute match 3-0.
2015- Jozy Altidore scored two goals as the United States bounced back and cruises to a 6-1 triumph over St. Vincent the Grenadines in a CONCACAF Group C semifinal match of World Cup qualifying at Busch Stadium.
2016- The U.S. Women's National Team conclude the year with an unbeaten (22-0-3) record for the first time since 2013, taking a 5-0 victory over Romania in a friendly match at the StubHub Center.
2016- After playing to a scoreless draw in 120 minutes of regulation and extratime, the New York Cosmos survive a penalty-kick tie-breaker, 4-2, over Indy Eleven to win their second straight NASL championship before a crowd of 2,150 at Belson Stadium. (editor's note: this item was erroneously placed in yesterday's post.)
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