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New York Cosmos memories postered on a Harlem wall.Pelé celebrates. Gone but not forgotten on a Harlem building.

Credited with sparking American interest in soccer, the New York Cosmos won five North American Soccer League championships in its peripatetic existence from 1971-1984. That interest was created by signing the world’s greatest footballer — Pelé. Professional football in New York is alive today in the form of the New York Red Bulls. Rumors of a Cosmos return to the MLS abound.

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