Soccer-Reborn Cosmos lose first match back but show promise (Reuters)

By Mike Collett LONDON, July 24 (Reuters) – New York Cosmos officially ended their 29-year playing absence from soccer when they were beaten 2-1 by English League One side Leyton Orient in a friendly on Wednesday when, for once, the result really did not matter. The Cosmos, still the most famous club name in U.S. soccer who boasted the likes of Pele, Carlos Alberto and Franz Beckenbauer in the 1970s and 1980s, showed plenty of flair, skill and invention to finish the stronger side in front of 2,000 fans at Orient’s modest Brisbane Road home. …

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